Algonquin Writing Center using digital platform to help students

Above: AWC is offering ARHS students writing support through a “digital platform”.

Working remotely from home has made education for everyone more challenging this spring. A group of students from Algonquin have thrown a lifeline to peers struggling with their writing.

Last week, the Algonquin Writing Center reopened its tutoring support. 

Like many organizations at this time, the AWC is using online communications to replace in-person sessions.

The AWC announced on its website:

As our world moves online, we’re proud to announce that the Algonquin Writing Center has created a digital platform to support our student body in their writing endeavors. Students can share pieces of writing on our website and receive feedback from a trained tutor.

We hope that this will provide another form of interaction and connection as we continue navigate our academics online during this unprecedented time. Click here to find more information about how you can take advantage of the online AWC.

The website promises feedback on submitted writing within 24-72 hours.

The Harbinger, the ARHS school paper, covered the plans prior to the March 30th launch. The story included news that the online services will continue even after in-school classes resume:

“We plan on keeping this up when we go back to school because some students don’t have the same opportunities or resources that let them go to the writing center,” Probst said. “This is especially helpful if students have to go home to take care of siblings, go to work, or they just have other clubs and sports after school.”

The online services provide the same options students would have if they went to the writing center in person but offers more flexibility regarding their schedule.

“This works for any piece of writing whether it’s academic or personal,” Probst said. “You can also submit at any stage of the writing process whether you are brainstorming or working on your final draft. The writer can leave feedback, comments, and suggestions, similar to what they would do in person.”

For readers unfamiliar with AWC, tutors are Algonquin students who have been trained to help their peers. The website explains: 

In the spring of 2016, a group of fifteen freshman, sophomores, and juniors came together to start something new. Their vision was to create a student-led space where peers could collaborate over writing projects in a safe, judgement free space. Their vision gave birth to the Algonquin Writing Center.

Opened on December 5, 2016, the Algonquin Writing Center is available to all students working on any project at any stage of the writing process. Tutors are trained to provide individualized feedback to meet the needs of any writer who enters the center. In addition to one-on-one tutoring, the writing center is open to students who need a comfortable, creative environment to sit and write.

You can read more about AWC on their website.

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