FAQ for Students
Nothing. MCS services are free for all CHS students, faculty and staff.
How much does it cost to use the Media and Communication Studio?
The Media and Communication Studio (MCS) promotes excellence in communication—from prose to posters, from video to audio recordings, from applications to interview techniques. MCS staff are available to assist all CHS students, faculty and staff with their writing needs: academic papers, articles, reports, resume/CV, medical school personal statements, oral and poster presentations, and more.
What is the Media and Communication Studio?
The Media and Communication Studio is located on the first floor of CHS’s 2910 building.
Where is the Media and Communications Studio located?
What is involved in a meeting at the Media and Communication Studio?
When you meet with a studio staff member, they will read through your paper with you, answer your questions, and work with you to strengthen your paper and your skills as a writer. You and the studio staff member may discuss any aspect of your writing project or process.
No appointment is necessary. The Media and Communication Studio operates on a “drop in” basis during studio hours.
Do I need to make an appointment?
Hours vary by semester. Check the appointments page for current hours!
What are the Media and Communication Studio Hours?
What should I bring when I go to the Media and Communication Studio for assistance?
Be sure to bring everything you have related to the assignment you are working on. This includes but is not limited to: assignment guidelines, hard-copy draft, outline, class notes, and possibly sources or texts the assignment relates to. Coming in prepared ensures that our staff can assist you as best as possible.
Additionally, if needed, speak with your instructor about the assignment if you have any specific questions about what the instructor would like. Studio staff can best help you if you understand what is being asked of you.
FAQ for Faculty
Should I give extra credit points to students who use the Writing Center?
No. While awarding extra points may give students extra incentive to visit, our past experience indicates that most students make appointments simply to get the points without the intent to improve as writers and communicators. Students who make these perfunctory appointments crowd out other students who have actively and independently chosen to get help.
Add a description of the Media and Communication Studio services to your syllabus. Feel free to copy the following paragraph:
The Media and Communication Studio is a center for writing excellence. MCS staff are available to assist all CHS students, faculty and staff with their writing needs: academic papers, articles, reports, resume/CV, medical school personal statements, and presentations.
Request a flyer to post on your office door.
How can I encourage my students to use the
Media and Communication Studio services?
I have one student who desperately needs help with writing. Can I require this particular student to visit the Studio?
No. Even though you may have the best of intentions, requiring a student to use the Media and Communication Studio often backfires. If students are not ready to seek help, they will not be likely to receive it when they get here. Singling a student out may come across as punitive and discourage other students in the class from seeking help from the Studio.
Promoting the service to the entire class will make it easier to personally encourage individual students when needed. You can strongly recommend that students make an appointment, but we caution against compelling them to visit or involving the Studio in a grading issue. If you’d like to discuss ways to encourage a particular student, feel free to contact the directors for options.
We aim to provide CHS students with support for academic projects, and to enable them to become more confident, effective, and polished writers. We recognize that becoming adept, stimulating communicators requires preparation and dedication, so Media and Communication Studio staff help students at all stages of their academic projects—from brainstorming and planning, to researching and evaluating sources, and to writing and developing appropriate communicative strategies.