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

Friday, May 1, 2015

Writing Tutor Melissa R. Lands a Job at McMillan!

Congratulations to our Writing Center tutor Melissa Rostek, who just landed a great job at McMillan Publishing after graduation!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Writing Tutor Theresa Wins Eugene Schneider Prose Competition!

Congratulations to our tutor Theresa Buchta for winning the English Department's Eugene Schneider Prose Competition for her piece entitled "It Might Be a Poem About Love"!

And congratulations to Theresa for having been accepted into Columbia University's M.F.A. program!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Writing Center and Phi Beta Kappa -- Perfect Together!

Congratulations to all of the folks affiliated with Hofstra's Writing Center who were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society tonight!

Our graduating tutor Celia Sonnier, prospective tutor Madeleine Carroll, and longtime Writing Center client Cristina Cortez were all honored tonight at the Phi Beta Kappa induction dinner for their excellence in academic achievement in the liberal arts.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Thank You for Attending Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming IV

Thanks to all those wonderful students and tutors who helped make last night’s Coffee, Cookies and Cramming such a success! We had 55 students working on projects from all different areas, enjoying the food and drink, and just generally working companionably in a warm, supportive environment. It was great fun to meet next year’s tutors as well; they threw themselves into the mix with energy and enthusiasm. Several of our terrific tutors are busy working on a photomontage from the event. Keep an eye out for it on our website, and please come join us for our next CCC! We expect to host it again in the fall. In the mean time, if you’re working on writing for any classes or for summer jobs/internships (or for any writing project), log on to our schedule at and make an appointment. We’d love to see you at the Writing Center!

Here's the first picture from the event from tutor Michael Heiss:

Tasty snacks at Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming IV!

More pictures to follow!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming IV is almost here! Join Us Sunday, April 19th, 6PM-11PM, Student Center Multi-Purpose Room West

Don't be stressed out about writing your final papers!  Instead, join us Sunday, April 19th from 6PM-11PM in the Student Center Multi-Purpose Room West for "Coffee, Cookies, and Cramming IV: A Late-Night Writing Extravaganza."

The delicious snacks at CCC II last year!

There will be FREE yummy snacks and writing help (if you want it) for anyone bringing in and working on a writing project.  Just bring something that you need to write and your laptop and/or pen and paper.  We'll provide a friendly, encouraging space in which you can get your writing projects done!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

We are OPEN over Spring Break (except for Good Friday and Easter)

Spring Break is the perfect time to catch up with all of your work at the Writing Center!

Finish up that incomplete, write that term paper ahead of time, polish that resume, craft that great personal essay for graduate or professional school, get that literature review in good shape, write that persuasive letter to your landlord requesting repairs -- Spring Break is the perfect, relaxed time to get it all done so that you can end the semester feeling great about what you've accomplished.

Our hours are a little more limited on some days, and we're closed on Good Friday (Friday, April 3rd) and Easter (Sunday, April 5th), but we still have plenty of day, evening, and weekend coverage throughout Spring Break to help you work on all of your writing projects!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Closed Due to Snow on Thursday, March 5th

We're very sorry, but when the University closes due to snow, so do we, so all appointments for Thursday, March 5th are cancelled! 

Please log in at to re-schedule.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hofstra's opening at 10AM Monday, so we are too!

As usual, when Hofstra closes entirely or opens late, the Writing Center does too.  If you had a 9AM appointment, please re-schedule for a little later. 

We're opening at 10AM!
 Thanks, and stay safe getting to and around Hofstra in the ice Monday!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Research Librarians are back at the Writing Center to help with all of your research projects!

Do you have a research paper or project to complete?  Let us help you develop great research skills and impress your professors with the help of our awesome research librarians! 

Research librarians from Axinn Library are now expanding their hours at the Writing Center and taking appointments in our main office in 102 Mason Hall several afternoons each week from noon-4PM. 

To get help from a research librarian, just click on any appointment marked "For Research Help ONLY." Try to be as specific as possible about your topic and the kinds of sources you'd like to explore, and the librarian can come to your appointment ready to assist you.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Snow Days! We're closed 1PM and later Monday and all of Tuesday.

We're closed due to snow after 1PM Monday and all of Tuesday.  Please log back in at to reschedule for later in the week.  We apologize for the inconvenience!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

If the University closes for snow, so do we!

Just a reminder--if the University closes for snow, so do we!  In that case, we'll cancel your appointment and ask you to please log in again at to make another appointment.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we hope you enjoy your day off in the snow!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mini-Break! We're closed Sat., Jan. 24th-Sun., Jan. 25th!

The Writing Center will be taking a mini-break on Saturday, January 24th and Sunday, January 25th, since Axinn Library will be closed.  Please plan your appointments accordingly, and we'll be back to greet you on Monday, January 26th for the start of the new semester!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

We're closed Monday, January 19th for MLK Day!

The Writing Center (and Axinn Library) are closed on Monday, January 19th for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!  Please plan ahead to schedule your appointments accordingly, and enjoy the holiday!

Friday, January 9, 2015

All January Appointments are in 201G Axinn Library

All of our January appointments are in 201G Axinn Library.  To get to 201G, enter Axinn Library and take a left towards the cafe.  Take the elevator to the 2nd floor and take a right into the large glassed-in area.  We're the first cubicle on the right.  See you soon!