Since the IELTE Writing Center is an educational organization, the services it supposes to offer are educational ones. These services of the Writing Center can be divided into two groups considering:
1. Tutorial meetings
Tutorial meetings are subdivided into long-term tutorials, drop-ins, and workshops.
Long-term tutorialssuppose appointing days of tutors for some period of time. It is not a one-time attended meeting due to the fact that a client has a problem, which needs a detailed examination. So, the client has difficulty with some aspect of writing, and through several sessions this problem is solved, and the client has the clear idea of what to do further on.
Drop-ins (walk-ins) are offered to clients who want to shed light on some little problem in writing. For example, a client doesn’t understand how to write conclusion to the essay. So, he/she doesn’t assign the date of meeting with a tutor, but just come into the center and has a 45-minutes session with any free tutor.
Workshops (mini-lectures)are kind of lessons lasting for around an hour and providing information on some general topic. For instance, common problems clients have with word usage, sequences of tenses, layout of papers, and many others. These workshops are decided to conduct proceeding from general picture of clients’ demands at the center. However, there are also workshops, which tutors can suggest as useful for all clients. For instance, mini-lecture on APA format can be given.
2. Paper writing
Paper writing services’ section includes help provided by the writing center on specific papers written by students of different years of study. For example, 1st and 2nd year students cover various types of paragraphs and essays (comparison/contrast, argumentative, narrative, etc.) so, the writing center helps them to brainstorm ideas, write topic sentences, etc. however, 3rd year students have to deal with quite different work- they have a course on Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking (RWCT); therefore, they have problems with frame of references, assumptions/inferences, and many other specific thins. Thus, here the writing center has to focus on quite different needs.