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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Check out our new introductory video here!

Our awesome tutor/auteur David has made a great new video--starring our awesome tutors Kate, Brendan, and Michael (with a Hitchcockian cameo appearance by David himself)--to introduce students to the Writing Center.  Check it out here!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Are you putting off finishing that paper to resolve your "Incomplete"? Say goodbye to writing anxiety at the Writing Center!

Summer is a great time to catch up on your work and resolve any "incomplete" grades!  Don't be anxious about writing!




Instead, come to the Writing Center, where our tutors can help you brainstorm and organize your thoughts effectively.  You'll feel like a writing superstar!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Graduating in December or Next May? Work on Your Resume or Personal Statement This Summer at the Writing Center!

Summer is a great time to work on your resume at the Writing Center so that your resume looks professional when you apply to jobs and internships in the coming year.

It's also a great time to work on your personal statement for graduate school, law school, or medical school!

Scientists and Engineers Need to Write Too!

Out of town?  Not a problem!  Try an online appointment today.  For details about how to have an online appointment, go to www.hofstra.edu/writingcenter and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Writing Center Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for Memorial Day

The Writing Center will be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for the Memorial Day weekend. We will return on Tuesday, May 27th. Enjoy the time off!



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Summer Is the Perfect Time to Prepare for Taking Hofstra's Writing Proficiency Exam!

Free this summer? Come on in for Writing Proficiency Exam prep! We will have tutors available to help you prepare for the exam. Please check the online schedule for availability; it can be found at hofstra.mywconline.com.

Professor Marx will also being holding a workshop on preparing for the exam. This presentation will give additional advice on how to take the test. Date and time of Professor Marx's workshop will be announced shortly.





The Writing Center is Open for the Summer!

The Writing Center is OPEN for the summer to help you with all of your writing projects--academic, professional, and creative!

Make an appointment now at https://hofstra.mywconline.com/


Out of town for the summer?  Not a problem!  Try an instant-messaging or video-conferencing online appointment with a tutor.  For instructions on how to have an online appointment, go to www.hofstra.edu/writingcenter and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Emily and Sarah Present at Undergraduate Research Day!

Congratulations to our tutors Emily and Sarah, who presented their research projects as posters at Hofstra's Undergraduate Research Day on May 8th!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Our Tutors Nolan, Melissa R., Melissa P., Theresa, Michael, and Emily Win Awards!

Several of our graduates and continuing tutors have won awards from the English Department this May: Congratulations to our tutor Nolan for winning the 2014 Axinn-DeMille Graduate Award for Poetry, to our tutor Melissa R. for being inducted into the English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta, to our tutor Melissa P. for winning an honorable mention in the Eugene Schneider Prose Competition, to our tutor Theresa for winning honorable mention in the Eugene Schneider Prose Competition, and to our tutor Michael for winning the English Department Teaching Fellowship!

We also congratulate our tutor Emily, who, in addition to getting inducted into Phi Beta Kappa this month (along with our tutor Melissa R.), also won the Phi Beta Endowed Graduate Scholarship for Graduate Study in the Liberal Arts and Sciences!

And we congratulate Melissa R. again for being Hofstra's nominee for the Phi Beta Kappa writing internship!


Congratulations to our many talented tutors! 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Over 80 Students Enjoy "Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming II" Late-Night Writing Extravaganza!

84 students dropped by our "Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming II" Late-Night Writing Event on Sunday, April 27th, from 6PM-1AM for treats, tutoring, and good company while working on writing projects and studying! 

After praising our "great snacks," one attendee wrote of her experience: ". . . [T]he writing tutors are honestly the best part.  They come around every half an hour to check up on everyone and offer their assistance.  They are some of the nicest people I have ever met.  They are positive . . . , which encourages me to go to the writing center."

Great thanks to our awesome tutors--Julia, Michael, Melissa P., Brendan, Theresa, Sarah, Ben, Nolan, and Kate--for making this event such a resounding success!

Students hard at work at Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming II!--Photo by Michael Heiss.

Students keeping things light while they work on their writing projects!--Photo by Melissa Pagnotta.


Full house!--Photo by Michael Heiss.
Our tutor Ben on the job at Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming II!--Photo by Michael Heiss.
Good food for all!--Photo by Benjamin Suazo

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Work on Your End-of-the-Semester Writing Projects at "Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming II" -- 6PM-1AM, Sunday, April 27th, Student Center Multi-purpose Room!


Do you need to make progress on your end-of-the semester writing projects?  Hofstra's Writing Center Tutors invite you to bring your final papers, resumes, job application letters, and creative projects to "Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming II" for our late-night writing extravaganza.  You bring your writing projects and a laptop or pen and paper.  We'll bring tasty snacks, good company, and free writing tutoring (if you want it).



Saturday, April 19, 2014

Melissa P. and Sarah present posters at the Colonial Academic Alliance Conference!

Congratulations to our peer tutors Melissa P. and Sarah, who presented their research in poster sessions at the Colonial Academic Alliance Conference on April 12th at Towson University in Maryland.

Sarah with her poster.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Wait List Feature Notifies You When Your Chosen Appointment Time Becomes Available!

Is the appointment time you wanted taken?   Try our new WAIT LIST feature!
Just click here:




Click on the little clock by the name of the day when you want an appointment and note the times you'd prefer, the tutors you'd prefer, and whether you'd like to be notified of an available time by text message or via e-mail. 





If someone cancels, you'll get a text or an email telling you that that slot on the schedule is now available.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Congratulations to our Phi Beta Kappa Inductees, Emily and Melissa R.!

Our excellent tutors Emily M. and Melissa R. have both been asked to join the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society.  Congratulations!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Nolan got into a Rhet/Comp Ph.D. Program!

Our tutor Nolan has been accepted to a great Ph. D. program in Rhetoric and Composition at Louisiana University at Lafayette.  Congratulations! 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

We're Open (limited hours) for Spring Break!




Spring Break is an excellent time to work on all of your writing projects -- papers, resumes, job application letters, graduate and professional school essays, creative projects -- at the Writing Center.  Log in at https://hofstra.mywconline.com/ to see our Spring Break hours and schedule an appointment.

Not in town, but still have work to do?  Try out an online appointment!

Online Appointments

To participate in an online appointment (via either instant messaging or video/audio chat) follow these steps:
  1. At the appointment time, log in at https://hofstra.mywconline.com/
  2. Click on your appointment.
  3. Click on "start or join online consultation."
  4. Don't maximize the window that pops up and keep both windows from overlapping to ensure that you can see both the tutor and your document at the same time.
  5. Upload your document by clicking on the little arrows at the top right corner (Import/Export), hitting the "browse" or "choose" button, selecting the document on your computer, and hitting "import now."
  6. For instant messaging, use the text box in the bottom right corner. When you have finished typing your message, hit "enter" to send it.
  7. For video/audio chat, click on "start video/audio chat" in the bottom right corner, just above the text box.
  8. Press "connect."
  9. Press "start publishing."
  10. Press "allow."
  11. If you have trouble with audio, hover over the bottom right corner of the video box to make sure the audio is on and at the right level and/or check the audio level on your computer.