University Writing Center offers new services in critical thinking and reading
Contact: Office of Public Affairs (956) 665-2741
Posted: 10/04/2012
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Pictured with University Writing Center director Dr. Rebekah Hamilton (front right) are tutors who have been trained to help students in reading and critical thinking skills. This is a new service being offered by the center to UTPA students starting Oct. 8.
Starting Oct. 8, the University Writing Center at The University of Texas-Pan American will expand its services to include one-on-one and small group tutoring in critical thinking and critical reading.

Supported by funding provided by a TG Benefit grant, eight new tutors trained in reading and critical thinking strategies will be available to guide students in any subject and any level, including graduate students.

"Reading and critical thinking are skills which affect students' retention and success in every class," said Dr. Rebekah Hamilton, University Writing Center director. "With this new service, students will finally have a place to go where they can get help with these vital components of their university coursework."

Hamilton said the center will have two to three tutors available at any one time so that students can receive assistance when it is convenient to their schedules.

Hours for the new tutoring services will be:

• Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays - 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Thursdays - 9 a.m.-noon; 1-5 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.); and

• Fridays - 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.

The center is located on the first floor of the University Library, Suite 101.

For additional information, please email Dr. Hamilton at or call 665-7974.