Presentation on theme: "The Writing Center Where: SJU – QUAD 263 CSB – HAB 103 “Thinking is an art…And it is an art well worth learning, for every important thing we do is affected."— Presentation transcript:
The Writing Center Where: SJU – QUAD 263 CSB – HAB 103 “Thinking is an art…And it is an art well worth learning, for every important thing we do is affected by our habits of mind.” - The Art of Thinking Who :
Why visit the Writing Center? We help students become better writers We are resources in all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming to perfecting a final draft We do not proofread papers; we teach writers how to: Brainstorm Organize & clarify thoughts Recognize & fix grammatical errors
It’s not just for English majors Or Communication majors Or “troubled” writers Or ESL writers Etc. It’s for everyone!
It’s for any & every form of written word We offer assistance with anything from artist statements to cover letters Our tutors specialize in a variety of fields listed on our websitevariety of fields You can take advantage of each individual tutor’s unique skill set
When can you visit the Writing Center? At any point in the writing process! Brainstorming Outlining Forming a thesis Writing Rewriting Editing
How to make an appointment Go to CSB/SJU website CSB/SJU website Click A-Z index, then W for “ Writing Centers ” Enter your username and password. If you are using a computer that is not connected to the school system, put AD\ in front of your name. (Note the backslash.) If your name is Jane A. Doe, then your username will be AD\jadoe Click “online scheduler” Enter your username and password Never visited the Writing Center before? Register a new account!
Make an appointment cont. Once in the online scheduler: White slots are open Blue slots are occupied Yellow slots indicate your appointments Tip: Make sure you’re making the appointment on the intended campus. At the top of the page, a dropdown arrow box allows you to switch between campuses. Click the white slot and enter your information (time, class, professor, what you want to work on). You’ll then receive an email of confirmation. If you need to cancel, revisit the scheduler.
Cancellations & missed appts. Schedule several days in advance (if possible)! Throughout the year, the Writing Center becomes a busy place. In some cases, we may be fully booked for the upcoming few days. Take appointments seriously Writing Tutors and other students are disadvantaged by students who either cancel at the last minute or do not show up at all. In both these cases, other students are prevented from scheduling appointments. If you miss three appointments, we’ll send you a warning email. After five missed appointments, you’ll be blocked from the online scheduler for two weeks.
What to bring Assignment or prompt Supporting materials (books, articles, other sources, etc.) Any text/brainstorming you’ve written down in preparation Your questions An open mind and willingness to work
What to expect A good listener Questions —answers & questions in return Instruction & direction Resources —grammar drills, citation guides, etc. Encouragement A skilled reader —because every writer needs a reader
The hierarchy of concerns We build from the bottom up! Purpose, thesis, ideas, organization, evidence Coherence, style, audience, voice, paragraphs Sentences (clarity, length, variety) Grammar, mechanics, word choice
Ultimately: Your tuition already pays for our services, so you might as well use the Writing Center!
Recap Who: Choose from more than 25 tutors of varying specialties; if you don’t “click” with one tutor, try another What: Bring supporting materials and an open mind, and you can expect a good listener who provides quality instruction When: Book a time slot at any point during the writing process Where: CSB - HAB 103; SJU - QUAD 263 Why: For yourself. For your grade. Why not? How: Arrange an appointment through our online scheduler