UCR Learning Center can help you in all stages of
the writing process; even published writers need
feedback to develop their writing to the fullest.
We focus on helping you to improve as a writer,
not just improve your writing. We are not a drop-off
service, nor do we “fix” papers. We
give you the tools to become a better writer; we
do not do the writing for you.
We will work with you on papers for classes, but
we can also help you with grammar or other writing-related
issues. If you have something you want to learn
or improve on, please come visit us. Let us know
how we can help you.
the UCR Learning Center:
• Come to the UCR Learning Center early in
the writing process, not the day the paper is due.
• Plan to come more than once, especially
if you have grammar or ESL issues.
• Bring your textbook, assignment sheet, and
notes about the requirements.
• Think about what you want to focus on during
• Sign in at the front door.
You Can Expect To:
• Take the initiative; after all, this is
your paper and your ideas.
• Plan to spend about 30 minutes.
• Focus on global concerns like thesis and
• Address lower order concerns like grammar
and punctuation later in the process.
• Do your own thinking and your own revision.
• Take notes on what you discuss, and what
you plan to do next.
• Think that you can drop your paper off for
“editing” or proofreading.
• Assume that the writing specialist or peer
coach is going to “fix everything.”
• Ask the writing specialist or peer coach
to grade your paper.
• Arrive 15 minutes before closing and expect
a helpful session.
• Bring in a paper that’s due in a few
hours, leaving little or no time for revision.
• Only focus on grammar. Think about content
and your paper’s argument.
• Leave thinking you have a perfect paper.
What you have is a revised, improved piece, and
greater awareness of your strengths and weaknesses
as a writer.
Remember: Every piece
of writing is a work in progress.
Every writer is a work in progress too: growing,
improving, experimenting, and learning.
Please come visit us and let us know how we can