Encouraging Students to Use the Writing Center

We welcome faculty to spread the word about the Writing Center. Here are a few tips for faculty:


Mention it in class



Add Syllabus Language

Detailed Version

The Northeastern University Writing Center offers free and friendly tutoring and for any level of writer, including help with conceptualizing writing projects, the writing process (i.e., planning, researching, organizing, drafting, and revising), and using sources effectively. The Writing Center has two locations: 412 Holmes Hall (617-373-4549) for advance appointments and 136 Snell Library for walk-in appointments. Online appointments are also available. Hours vary by location. To make an appointment or learn more about the Writing Center visit our website at cssh.northeastern.edu/writingcenter. For writing tips and upcoming events, follow us on Facebook at NEUWritingCenter and Instragram or Twitter @NEUWrites. Questions about the Writing Center can be directed to Assistant Directors Cherice Jones at jones.ch@husky.neu.edu and Taylor Robichaud at robichaud.t@husky.neu.edu or Neal Lerner, Writing Center Director, at n.lerner@northeastern.edu.

*Language adapted from University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center

Concise Version

The Writing Center offers free and friendly tutoring for the Northeastern community for any piece of writing they are working on. Tutors can help with brainstorming, planning, researching, organizing, drafting, revising, and using sources. The Writing Center has two locations: 412 Holmes Hall and 136 Snell Library. They also offer online appointments. To make an appointment, call 617-373-4549 or visit cssh.northeastern.edu/writingcenter


Add a Blackboard Link


Here’s how to do it:

  1. Within each course, view the control panel on the left side where you’ll be adding a link.
  2. Click on the + in the top left of that box and then choose “Web link”:
  3. In the Add External Link box, name the link “NU Writing Center” and paste in this URL: cssh.northeastern.edu/writingcenter
  4. Check the “Available to Users” box and click “Submit.”

That’s it! Now your students will see a link to the Writing Center’s homepage each time they’re in your Bb course site.


Encourage, but don’t require


Some faculty require their classes to visit the Writing Center or offer a grade boost on an assignment if they do. However, these well-intended incentives have a few consequences:

Instead, please spread the word about the Writing Center to your classes but consider not mandating students to come unless you are doing so a case-by-case basis.