Hindsight is 2020 – Resources

On this page, you’ll find resources generated by our March 12, 2021 event, Hindsight is 2020. We envisioned this meeting of writing center professionals, administrators, tutors, and students as a way for us to come together after a very long and strange year. We hope you’ll find some insights here from our community about how to practice writing center work both during and after this crisis.

Writing Center Life Hacks

“Orienting Clients in a Pandemic”

  • Submitted by Liz Whiteacre and Dawn Hershberger
  • How can this resource help folks working in writing centers? To solve the problem of orienting students participating in the Designated Tutor Program, we created a video for participating asynchronous, online classes. Our infographic shares what we did and what we’d do differently next time.
  • Keywords: Orientation, Communicating with Clients, Communicating with Faculty

“How to Get Your Student to Write in Their Own Words, Instead of Yours”

  • Submitted by Abigail Lake
  • How can this resource help folks working in writing centers? It’s all in the title! I get a lot of students asking me how I would fix the content of their paper, but I always try to get them to tell me instead. The results almost always yield what you see in the video (well, sort of).
  • Keywords: Content Building, Brainstorming, Student Engagement

Proofreading Hack

  • Submitted by Kaylynn Welch
  • How can this resource help folks working in writing centers? This resource could help tutors with proofreading their own or students’ papers by giving them easy way to catch mistakes.
  • Keywords: Proofreading, Editing

Receptionist Hack

  • Submitted by Mary Evelyn McPherson
  • How can this resource help folks working in writing centers? This resource could help receptionists stay organized when talking to clients or answering questions over the phone.
  • Keywords: Receptionist, Organization

Folder Organization Hack

  • Submitted by Sarah Jarrell
  • How can this resource help folks working in writing centers? This video can provide tutors with a model for how to organize writing center related files on their computer.
  • Keywords: Files, Computer Organization, Tutor Efficiency

“Tips for Tutors, From Tutors”

  • Submitted by Brittany Ellis, Martha McCafferty, Kellie Smith, Christina Staten, and Olivia Wright
  • How can this resource help folks working in writing centers? Though we all miss being face-to-face and helping students in person, we have developed a great sense of community while being online . Here are some of our favorite tutoring “hacks” that have made this transition easier!
  • Keywords: Fostering Community, Online Tutoring, Workplace Culture

Virtual Writing Center Tours

Take a trip to Jackson or Oxford to see some of our members’ writing centers!

Tour the University of Mississippi Writing Center – Oxford, MS

Tour the Mississippi College Writing Center – Jackson, MS

Resources from Presentations

Let’s (re)connect! Reflections on 2020

Lemons and Lemonade Icebreaker by Liz Egan

Working with Students Online: Asynchronous Sessions

Working with Students Online: Synchronous Sessions

Staying Connected While Apart

Training and Staff Development (Administrators and Professionals) by Bethani England

Team Building and Collaboration (Tutors and Students) by Jessica Herron

Adapting and Growing

Marketing and Branding Your Center by Kayleigh Few

Leading Online Writing Workshops by Josh Green

New Territory

Creating Online Resources by Tatiana Glushko