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What is the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio?
The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio is where you can drop in in-person or online and get connected with support for research, reading and writing across all subjects. Working with the Studio, you’ll develop strategies you can use to take control of your own learning and be able to independently tackle future challenges.
Where is the Studio?
We offer the same services right here online, but you can also find us on the second floor of Haggard Hall.
How can I use the Studio in-person?
Drop in at the Studio any time we are open to find a table and work at your own pace—no appointments necessary! When you have a question, there are three ways to call a Studio Assistant to where you are working:
- Flip one of the tabletop signs to the page that says “I have a question.” A Studio Assistant will be over as soon as possible.
- Text the word “STUDIO” to 360-797-5910. Someone will ask where you are currently working and page a studio assistant to come find you.
- Talk to anyone in the Studio wearing a nametag. If it’s crowded, find us by looking for the bright green logo on our tablets!
How can I use the Studio online?
We offer the same support online that we do in person! There are 3 ways to use the Studio online:
- Chat with us online any time we are open
- Text a question to 360-797-5910 any time we are open
- Use our online form to send us a draft for feedback. You can send us a draft (or even a vague outline!) and receive written or video feedback within 48 hours.
You can also browse through our many online guides and resources for all steps of the research & writing process.
Why are you the "Studio" now? What happened to the Writing Center and Research Consultation?
Because research and writing almost never happen separately, we realized that it really didn’t make any sense to keep the Writing Center and Research Consultation separate! We decided to merge our services. At the same time, we realized that by creating a studio space for people to work in at their own pace, we could form better relationships and make it much easier to ask a question in the moment it arises, instead of having to wait for an appointment or navigate to some secret location in the Library. We chose the word “Studio” to represent this new learning model because we are more like an art studio or makerspace -- a group of people learning from each other and sharing expertise through short interactions, rather than long, isolated appointments.
Why doesn't the Studio edit papers?
The number one reason why we don’t edit papers is because it takes control of your own writing away from you. Editing papers is at best an ineffective way of helping someone learn and at worst a form of oppression. We’ve seen evidence to support that comments made on student papers have little impact on short-term outcomes and almost no impact on long-term skill acquisition. We are also conscious of how insisting that writing be “correct” according to socially-constructed rules is part of how dominant academic culture discriminates against other world Englishes and other value systems.
Another reason we don’t edit papers has to do with academic integrity. If we change your work, it no longer belongs to you. And even if we did edit your writing, we are just as capable of making a mistake as you are! Instead, we help you learn strategies to make it easier to edit your own writing. A lot of people are surprised when we tell them this is a good idea, but we promise, you can learn to edit effectively on your own!
Does the Studio have tutors for subjects like math, science, philosophy, and economics?
We usually have Studio Assistants who study these subjects and who are trained to support the specialized research, reading, and writing that goes on in these subjects. However, if you are looking for tutors for more subject-specific knowledge and skills, please contact the Tutoring Center or your specific department. You can also come to us and we’ll help you figure out where to go!
Why should I use the Studio if you don't have an expert in my subject?
Our studio assistants and professionals come from a wide range of majors and areas of expertise, but even if your subject isn’t represented, we are trained to help you develop new learning process strategies that transfer from one context to another. What that means is that even if you’re studying quantum physics and none of us have studied it, we can help you find new ways to approach your work and even offer ideas you may not have considered because we are looking at it from a different context. Sometimes the very act of talking through your ideas with someone else is enough to jumpstart your process.
Why should I use the Studio if I’m already good at writing, research, and reading?
We have thousands of visitors in the Studio each year, and even those who are happy with their research and writing abilities benefit from having someone around to bounce ideas off of or to talk through a difficult question. If you think you have nothing left to learn, you’ll probably be surprised. Even the most accomplished writers discover that trying new strategies can make the process of creating that great research paper or project less painful, and more rewarding.
Does the Research & Writing Studio support faculty and graduate students?
We sure do! Check out our pages for graduate students and faculty by clicking on the menu above. Graduate students and faculty looking for additional resources and support for teaching writing can contact our friends in Writing Instruction Support.
I’m a student who wants to work at the Studio. How do I apply?
We hire new Studio Assistants each Spring for the upcoming academic year. Applications open in April. If you are interested in working with us and want to be notified when our applications open, you can fill out our interest form. If you haven’t already, come visit the Studio and talk to us about what we do!