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.