Sunday, May 15, 2016

Thank you for our best spring term ever!

Thank you to all of our great tutors, clients, and administrators for making the Spring 2016 term our best spring term ever! 

This term, we had 2126 appointments serving 796 different clients.  That's up from 1916 appointments and 701 different clients last spring, so we're up around 11% in terms of appointments and up around 13.5 % in terms of numbers of different clients over last spring. 

Thank you -- we couldn't have done it without you!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Congratulations to Graduating Tutors!

Writing Center Tutor, WSC Minor, and WSC Administrator Kelcie is graduating with highest honors! We're wishing her all the best as she moves forward beyond Hofstra.

We're also saying good bye to Alexis, who will entering the world as a JD! Congratulations, Alexis, and good luck on the NYS Bar Exam.

Dr. Andrea Efthymiou and Dr. Marilyn Buono are taking over the Writing Center as sole director and assistant director!

Dr. Daisy Miller and Dr. Lisa Dresner are stepping down as co-directors of the Writing Center as of May 15, 2016. Our excellent Dr. Andrea Efthymiou and Dr. Marilyn Buono are taking over full responsibility for the Writing Center as sole director and assistant director!

Bye! We've had a lot of fun working with everyone!

Dr. Marilyn Buono, Assistant Director

Dr. Andrea Efthymiou, Director

Monday, May 2, 2016

We had a great Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming VI last night!

Great thanks to the awesome Center for Academic Excellence tutors and the awesome Stephanie Hricko who came together with our fabulous Writing Center tutors to create a jam-packed Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming VI tutoring event last night.  We had our second-best attendance ever last night, with 90 students coming to study and get tutoring help while eating delicious snacks.

Here are some pictures!

We had so many attendees that we had to get more chairs! Photo: Jenn Boyle.

More of our full house! Photo by Kate Giovannoli.

Some of the great tutors at work! Photo by Kate Giovannoli.

We started with this at the beginning of the event, but it went fast, and we had to go shopping for more! Photo by Jessica Day.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Come to Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming VI on Sunday, May 1st for a Writing, Chemistry, Calculus, and Language Tutoring Extravaganza!

Stressed about writing your final papers or taking exams? Don't be!

Come to Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming VI on Sunday, May 1st in the Student Center Plaza Room West from 6PM-11:30PM for FREE help from the Writing Center and the Center for Academic Excellence!

There will be yummy snacks available for you to nosh on as you get tutored!
We'll have convenient study space, great snacks, and lots of Writing Center tutors available to help you with writing projects and University Tutorial Program tutors available to help you with Chemistry, Calculus, Italian, Spanish, French, German, and Chinese!

Admission is FREE with your study materials/writing project!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Writing Center will be OPEN for most of Spring Break!

The Writing Center is OPEN for most of Spring Break, starting on Monday, March 28th! Log in at to see our Spring Break hours. Not in town? Not a problem--sign up for a convenient online appointment by selecting "Yes - meet online" when you make the appointment.  Instructions (and an informational video) about online appointments are available at (scroll down).

Spring Break is a perfect time to work on your application essays for graduate and professional school, resumes and cvs, job application letters, long projects like theses and dissertations, and creative writing projects.  It's also a great time to catch up on overdue work and finish incompletes!  Log in and make an appointment today.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

January writing center total usage holds steady compared to last year; number of different clients served during January up around 13%.

Our Writing Center usage for January 2016 was exactly the same as that for January 2015 -- during each January term, we had 104 appointments.

We did get a larger number of different clients served in January 2016, however -- in January 2015, we served 45 different clients, while in January 2016, we served 51 different clients, an increase of approximately 13%.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Writing Center Will Be CLOSED on Monday, January 18th for MLK Day!

The Writing Center will be open on Saturday, January16th and Sunday, January 17th, but we will be CLOSED on Monday, January 18th in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Enjoy the holiday!

We're OPEN in January! Come in to Work on Resumes, Job Applications, Personal Statements for Graduate and Professional School, or Any Other Writing Project.

The Writing Center is OPEN in January! Come in to work on resumes, job applications, personal statements for graduate and professional school, or any other writing project you have.

Register and make an appointment today at!

Not in town? Not a problem!  We have convenient online appointments available.  For instructions and an informative video on how to have online appointments, go to

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Writing Center will be CLOSED until the beginning of the January term. Enjoy your break!

The Writing Center is on vacation until the beginning of the January term.  

Enjoy your break!

Thanks for our best semester ever! Our total Writing Center usage this fall is up around 8.6% and our number of different clients served is up around 13.2%!

Thanks to all of our tutors, clients, and administrators for helping us make this our best semester ever!  During the Fall 2015 semester, we had 2292 appointments, serving 864 different clients.  That's up from 2111 appointments and 763 different clients during the Fall 2014 semester. 

That's an increase of around 8.6% in the number of appointments and an increase of around 13.2% in the number of different clients we served compared to last fall!

Thanks for making Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming V such a success--83 students attended!

Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming V on December 6th was very lively, with 83 students attending to get free snacks, a friendly place to work, and free writing tutoring from the Writing Center, free language tutoring (in Chinese, Italian, and Spanish) from University Tutorial Program, and free help with making study plans from the Center for Academic Excellence.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Mark Your Calendars for Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming V -- a Late-Night Writing and Language-Tutoring Extravaganza on the evening of Sunday, December 6th!

Don't stress about writing your final papers or studying for exams in your language courses--instead, join the Writing Center and the Center for Academic Excellence at Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming V, our late-night Writing and Language Tutoring Extravaganza on Sunday, December 6th!

Join us in the Student Center Multi-Purpose Room West from 6PM-11:30PM.  Show up with a writing project (and something to write with) or materials to study for your language exams, and you'll get free snacks, good company, and free writing tutoring or free language tutoring in Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin from our guest tutors from University Tutorial Program.

The Center for Academic Excellence will also provide free individualized study plan/time management help to reduce your stress--bring your syllabi and assignments so they can help you plan!

Mark your calendars now, and bring your friends!

If you bring a project to work on, we'll have plenty of yummy food to keep you going!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Write like an Ivy League Student--Writing Handouts from Yale!

Dr. Ethna Lay found us a link to some great handouts for Yale University students about writing good papers.

Just follow this link to get Ivy League writing advice!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Writing Center will be OPEN on September 14th, 15th, and 23rd

While there are no classes held on September 14th, 15th, and 23rd due to the Jewish New Year, the Writing Center will be OPEN on those days to serve those not celebrating the holidays.

Happy New Year!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Please Welcome Dr. Andrea Rosso-Efthymiou, the Writing Center's new Co-Director, and Dr. Marilyn Buono, the Writing Center's new Assistant Director!

The Writing Center is excited to welcome our two great new staff members!

Dr. Andrea Rosso-Efthymiou

Dr. Andrea Rosso-Efthymiou earned her Ph.D. in English--Rhetoric & Composition from CUNY Graduate Center in the spring of 2015.  For many years, she served as the associate director of the Beren Writing Center at Stern College for Women--Yeshiva University.  Her dissertation is entitled "Voices From on High: Rhetorical Education in a Jewish Women's Writing Center." Dr. Rosso-Efthymiou joins us as our co-director.

Dr. Marilyn Buono
Dr. Marilyn Buono earned her Ph.D. in Literacy Studies from Hofstra University in December of 2014.  Her dissertation is entitled "Multimodality and Marginalized Millenials: The Aesthetic Design and Transduction of College Writing in a 21st Century 'Underprepared' Medial Landscape."  Dr. Buono has been a faculty member and administrator at Hofstra for many years.  Most recently, she served as the assistant director of administration/writing co-ordinator for Hofstra's School for University Studies.  Dr. Buono joins us as our assistant director.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Writing Center usage up approximately 11% during Summer III 2015 compared to last year; number of different clients served up approximately 47%!

Our Summer III total usage was up approximately 11% over last Summer III term: last Summer III, we had 92 appointments; this Summer III, we had 102 appointments.

Our number of different clients served was up approximately 47% over last Summer III term: last Summer III, we served 34 different clients; this summer III, we served 50 different clients.

Thanks for helping us serve more members of the Hofstra community, everyone!
Our summer III clients are primarily students from the University's English Language Program and students writing their personal statements for their medical school applications.  

Great thanks to Prof. George Greaney, Prof. Olivia Perricone-Healy, Prof. Loretta Clemente, and Dean Ellen Miller for sending these students our way!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

We're OPEN for Summer III!

The Writing Center is OPEN for Summer III starting on Monday, August 3rd.  Register and log in today at to make an appointment!

Weekday daytime hours (appointments starting before 5PM) are held in our main office in 102 Mason Hall:

Evening (appointments starting at 5PM or later) and weekend appointments are held in our satellite office in 201G Axinn Library:

Summer II Writing Center Usage Up 24%; Number of Different Clients Served Up 9%

This Summer II, our Writing Center usage is up by approximately 24% over Summer II 2014, and our number of different clients served is up by approximately 9%.  Last Summer II, the Writing Center had 103 appointments, serving 57 different clients, while this Summer II, we had 128 appointments, serving 62 different clients.

Helping Biology Faculty Assess Curriculum Changes

The Writing Center has been happy to partner during summer 2015 with Dr. Jessica Santangelo of Hofstra's Biology faculty to assess the impact of Bio curriculum changes on students' writing.  Five Writing Center faculty tutors were guided by Dr. Santangelo in a blind assessment project examining the writing in students' lab reports under the old and new curricula.

We're looking forward to hearing the preliminary results of Dr. Santangelo's study and--if the initial results prove promising--to working further with her on this assessment project!

Writing Center Supports Aspiring Doctors Through Hofstra's Medical Scholars Pipeline Program

In Summer 2015, the Writing Center has been proud to partner for the second year with the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine's Medical Scholars Pipeline Program ( to provide five workshops for low-income pre-med high school students on quoting and citing, organization, grammar rules, and writing college application essays.

We also offered a hands-on personal statement workshop in which MSPP students brought in drafts of their college application essays and worked in small groups with our tutors to polish them.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Writing Center Usage Up Around 2% in Summer I 2015

Our Writing Center usage is up slightly during Summer I.  During Summer I 2014, we had 145 appointments.  During Summer I 2015, we had 148 appointments, for a percentage increase of around 2 percent.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Summer Is a Great Time to Work on Your Personal Statements for Graduate and Professional School!

Medical Students
Ph.D. Students
M.B.A Students
Law Students

Summer is a great time to work on your personal statements for your applications for graduate and professional school. 

Consult your professors and Advisement, and then come to the Writing Center to polish your statements and help make your career dreams a reality!

Thank You for Our Best Year Yet!

Not only have we had our best spring yet, but we've also had our best year yet--thank you all for helping us get there!

More Appointments and More Clients

For the June 2014-May 2015 year, we had 4471 appointments serving 1329 different clients--our total yearly usage was up approximately 41% from the previous year, and our yearly number of different clients served was up approximately 26%.

More Research Help from Reference Librarians 

Our increased usage includes an increase in Writing Center reference appointments with librarians from Axinn Library: we had a total of 58 research appointments with reference librarians -- an approximately 70% increase in research appointments over last year.

Continuing Our "Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming" Events
This year, we hosted our third and fourth "Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming" late-night all-campus tutoring events, which provide drop-in tutoring and yummy snacks to students shortly before final exams.  This year included our most popular "Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming" event yet--we had 109 students join us for our Fall 2014 event! 
These events are inspired by the International Long Night Against Procrastination--a program in which Writing Centers around the world stay open late to help students get their work done and alleviate the stress of writing term papers!

More Handouts to Assist Writers

This year, we created the following handouts:
  • An APA version of our popular MLA style self-test handout on how to avoid plagiarism
  • Graduate faculty tips on thesis and dissertation writing
  • Faculty tips on Writing in the Social Sciences
  • Faculty tips on Writing in the School of Communication
(with librarians Amy Catalano and Gloria Roberson) Resources for Dissertation Writers
We also have had generous faculty create handouts for us to distribute: Dr. Bruce Torff created a handout for us on literature reviews, and Dr. Lisa DeTora created a handout on lab reports. 

Assisting Colleagues Across Campus

We helped colleagues across campus to foster good student writing:

  • With Dr. Phil Dalton (Chair, Rhetoric) and Dr. Susan Lorde Martin (Prof. Legal Studies in Business), we hosted a workshop for pre-law students on how to do well on the writing portion of the LSAT.
  • We provided dedicated tutors for classes in English, Political Science, Anthropology, Religion, and Biology.
  • We partnered with the Hofstra Northshore LIJ School of Medicine to present several writing workshops for pre-med students in the Medical Scholars Pipeline Program.
  • We gave workshops on literature reviews and revision to graduate and undergraduate classes in the School of Public Health.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

We're OPEN for the Summer I semester!

The Hofstra Writing Center is OPEN for limited hours during the Summer I semester. Log in at to see available tutoring hours.

Weekday daytime hours are in our main office in 102 Mason Hall:

Evening hours (5PM and later) and weekend hours are in our 201G office in Axinn Library:

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Thank you for our best spring semester yet--Writing Center usage is up 33% over the same term last year!

A great big thank you to all of our dedicated tutors, librarians, tutees, and staff for helping us have our best semester yet.  This term, we've had 1916 writing center appointments that served 701 different clients!

That's a big increase from last spring -- the Spring 2014 term had 1441 appointments that served 514 different clients -- so our usage is up approximately 33% over the same term last year and our number of clients served is up approximately 36% over the same term last year.

Great work from our librarians!

Our figures from Spring 2015 include 35 intensive research appointments with our reference librarians from Axinn Library as opposed to 10 intensive research appointments during the Spring 2014 term -- a 250% increase!

Continuing our work with Hofstra's NCAA Athletes

The figure also includes 68 appointments serving our NCAA athletes at the Fried Athletic Center in an initiative that started last fall and that required getting the majority of our tutors certified to be eligible to work with NCAA athletes.

Continuing our world-wide connection serving Hofstra's non-Native English speakers

Approximately 36% of our appointments serve students whose native language is not English, with native Chinese speakers (Cantonese or Mandarin) being served though about 22% of our appointments. The native languages of our clients include Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, and Urdu.

Helping Hofstra's graduate students succeed

Around 27% of our appointments served graduate students, either for regular classwork or for dissertation/thesis work.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Writing Center Tutor Itiola Wins Provost Scholarship!

Congratulations to our Writing Center graduate tutor Itiola Jones, winner of the 2015 Provost Scholarship!

Monday, May 4, 2015

More photos are in from the Writing Center's Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming IV event on April 19th, 2015!

Our photographer Callie Cunningham has sent us these great pictures from our most recent Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming event.

Students hard at work at Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming IV. Photo Credit: Callie Cunningham

Photo Credit: Callie Cunningham

Photo Credit: Callie Cunningham

The cake is almost gone, but there are still plenty of fruit, veggies, chips, and cookies left halfway through Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming IV! Photo Credit: Callie Cunningham

Photo Credit: Callie Cunningham