Writing Center assists students with academic papers
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Writing Center assists students with academic papers

Published 11/27/18

Bradley Dame

TNE Writer

As winter break approaches, students across campus are preparing for finals week.  University finals include various research papers, critical essays and exams.  Writing format, structure and grammar are all areas the Writing Center provides help with for student. The Writing Center assists students whether they need a quick edit or are starting from scratch.

The Writing Center helps with papers from a variety of classes, from political science to composition. The tutors assist students at all stages of the writing process including brainstorming, outlining, editing, formatting or discussing specific questions students have. They usually help students write in MLA or APA format, but are available for help with other types of styles as well, such as Chicago-Turabian.

“The Writing Center is outstanding,” said Heather Brown, graduate assistant. “It helps me get better acquainted with other academic departments.”

The Writing Center works to help with all the technical aspects of a paper, but it also helps on a psychological level. Help with writing can boost a student’s confidence in their writing skills and lead to better papers overall.  It provides a comfortable environment where students and tutors can discuss the nature of the student’s idea for the paper and the best way to present them. Their mission statement states that writing allows students to think more clearly and critically. The Writing Center aims to bring academic discussion out of students.

“I work with a talented group of writers and tutors, all happy and willing to help any student who comes in,” said Brittany Rogers, graduate assistant. “I have worked here for two semesters and would say that I have become a better tutor and teacher. It offers me a unique experience learning how to explain grammatical issues, topics and writing practices in a one-one-one setting.”

In addition to working ten hours a week at the Writing Center, Rogers works in the English master’s program in the language and literature department on campus and teaches a composition course. Tutors in the Writing Center go through the Reading and Learning Association Tutor Training Program, which provides three levels of tutor training for Writing and Reading Center tutors.

 “I have wonderful tutors who are excited to help students hone their writing skills,” said Dr. Kendra Haggard, Tahlequah Writing Center director. “Face-to-face appointments are best, but we also offer online appointments. The sessions can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.”

The Tahlequah campus Writing Center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Fridays in Seminary Hall 135. The Broken Arrow campus also offers a Writing Center and a Spanish tutor. The Spanish tutor is available from 9:30-11: 30 a.m. on Wednesdays.  and the Writing Center is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays in the Library Building in room 226. Walk-ins are welcome at both Writing Centers, but students are encouraged to schedule an appointment.

If interested in becoming a tutor, email Dr. Haggard at haggardk@nsuok.edu or Shari Clevenger, the tutor training coordinator, at clevengs@nsuok.edu.

To set up an appointment at the Tahlequah Writing Center, email Dr. Haggard.

To set up an appointment at the Broken Arrow Writing Center, email Monique Brinker at idoux@nsuok.edu.


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