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Writing for success at Marine Institute

by: MUN

The desire to improve students’ abilities in communications has recently led Memorial’s

Marine Institute (MI) to step up by creating a Writing Centre that is devoted specifically to the writing aspects of courses – no matter what field they’re in.

The Fall 2011 semester was the kickoff for the centre, and about 100 students sifted through its doors. Compared with the entire student population at MI the response ratio means that the project is considered a success.

“It means that it’s a service students obviously crave,” said Chris LeDrew, communications instructor at MI “The help students receive at the centre is more one-on-one than they receive in the classroom, so it’s a great supplement to their education.”

Mr. LeDrew says that as the Centre expands, they hope to enlist students as tutors, allowing them to see the full circle of benefits that taking advantages of such services can bring.

”When students use the centre, they find themselves more focused on the value and importance of communication both in the classroom and (eventually) the workplace,” said Mr. LeDrew. “Through this awareness, they are better equipped to submit quality material to their instructors and communicate their ideas in the classroom but in discussion and presentations.

Mr. LeDrew also pointed out that when students start their careers, their ability to communicate effectively both in persona and in writing will make them ideal candidates for advancement in their field.

“Companies know that a clear line of communication among employees is essential to success, therefore, those who exhibit proficiency in this field will be the most valuable to their employer,” he said.

This initiative is another way Memorial is showing the incentive to embark on projects that look through the teaching and learning lens, including engagement, support, inclusiveness, responsiveness, outcomes-oriented and committed to discovery – the pinnacles of a strong teaching and learning community.

For more stories on inspirational teaching and learning initiatives, visit Memorial’s blog at teachingandlearning.mun.ca

Marine Institute’s Writing Centre is located in the Group Study Room of the Dr. C.R.  Barrett Library on the Ridge Road campus. Hours of operation are 2-4 p.m. Monday to Thursday, drop in only. Appointments may be made upon request. Distance students can also avail of services.

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Nautical science students Myda Egrmajer and Sebastian Banks work with Chris LeDrew.
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