Rebecca Shaw joined UBC in June 2017 as the new Program Manager at the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC), at the UBC Learning Commons. Prior to UBC, she worked in Student Services (Residence Life) as an Experiential Learning Coordinator at Simon Fraser University where she focused on developing co-curricular leadership programming. Shaw obtained her Master of Education in Adult Learning at UBC in the Department of Educational Studies.
Shaw is passionate about fostering student support, particularly in co-curricular settings with a focus on promoting life-long transformative learning outside of the classroom. During her studies at UBC, she worked as a graduate peer-writing consultant at the UBC Writing Centre and was a peer facilitator for Kaleidoscope, a student-led mental health support group at UBC. Participating in these programs was an impactful experience and inevitably directed her future career path, leading her back to the CWSC and her alma mater.
A: Students can expect our writing consultants to look at their writing projects holistically, focusing on higher level writing issues first and then distilling down to more technical issues, if required. They can guide students at all stages of the writing process and give guidance on how to develop as writers beyond a single assignment. A writing consultation is conversation based, and often the writing consultant and writer will negotiate writing goals and strategies together. Students can expect to be asked questions about their writing. This is a technique that helps students to start developing a habit of asking themselves questions about their writing, such as “who is my audience?”, “what meaning am I trying to get across?”, “can I write this sentence or paragraph more concisely without sacrificing meaning?”, and so on.