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Drexel Writing Center Resources For Students

The Peer Reader Program: For Undergraduate Students

The Peer Reader program is staffed by undergraduate students from disciplines across the university who are highly trained to help their peers develop as writers. They begin training with a three-credit course that has a dual focus on their development as readers and writers, and writing center theory and practice. That dual focus continues throughout their employment in the center through ongoing professional development. In addition to developing an approach that is focused on collaborative learning and a social construction of knowledge, Peer Readers are trained in, and focus on, anti-racist pedagogy in their practice.

Peer Readers meet with students in one-to-one conferences that can take place in the Drexel Writing Center or online in synchronous appointments that utilize audio/video, chat functions and document editing capabilities. Appointments are the best way to ensure you can meet with a Peer Reader, but walk-ins are always welcome in the DWC. Meet the Peer Readers here.

If you are interested in working as a Peer Reader, please visit our employment page.

Graduate Writing Consultants: For Graduate Students

The Graduate Writing Consultants (GWCs) program is staffed by graduate students from a variety of disciplines. GWCs are trained in working with higher stakes projects such as thesis, dissertations, articles for submission, etc. They are also skilled at working through the difficulties graduate student encounter entering the professional genres of their disciplines as novices. As busy pre-professionals themselves, GWCs are familiar with the barriers graduate student encounter in high-stakes writing projects and provide the support and feedback that helps students accomplish their writing goals.

Graduate Writing Consultants meet with their peers in one-to-one conferences that can take place in the Drexel Writing Center or online in synchronous appointments that utilize audio/video, chat functions and document editing capabilities. While walk-ins are welcome in the DWC, the Graduate Writing Consultant schedule meets with high demand, so making an appointment is advised. Meet the Graduate Writing Consultants here.

If you are interested in working as a Graduate Writing Consultant, please visit our employment page.

English Language Learners and Multilingual Students

Faculty Reader ESL Specialists

The ESL Specialists provide face-to-face and online tutoring. You can schedule appointments by using our online scheduling system; please select the “Faculty ESL Specialist” schedule from the drop-down menu on the top of the page after you log into the online scheduling system system.

Language, Writing and Research (LWR) Appointments

English language learners may also benefit from the Language, Writing and Research (LWR) Initiative. This collaboration between the Drexel Writing Center, the English Language Center and the Drexel Libraries offers support with speaking, writing and researching in English with accordance to western academic tradition (for example, researching, using sources, and properly citing them).

This is how LWR consultations work:

  • A student emails a paper to lwr@drexel.edu. Please include the assignment or directions for the paper and the due date.
  • The writing specialist, English language specialist, and research specialist review the paper – students do not do anything in this step.
  • As needed, each specialist will provide written feedback via email and might suggest to meet in person.

What is the Difference Between Faculty Reader ESL Specialists and LWR?

DWC Readers, who are all trained in working with ESL writers, focus mainly on helping you develop as a writer and express meaning clearly. By interacting with ESL students during a face-to-face session or an online chat session, the DWC Readers can support students through all steps in the writing process (brainstorming, organizing, drafting, revising) as needed.

If you are looking for stronger support that could also address speaking in English and conducting research for assignments, LWR is a great option. You do not need to choose between the Faculty Reader ESL Specialists and LWR consultations. You are welcome to use either service, or both.

While Faculty Reader ESL Specialists have expertise in working with multilingual writers, all Drexel Writing Center consultants—including Peer Readers and Graduate Writing Consultants—receive training in working with multilingual writers and are happy to work with you.