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FCWR -161, Dr. Michael Schiavi : Writing Center

NYIT Writing Center

Writing a research paper can be a daunting task, especially when you are not a native English speaker. Those who need help with the writing process are encouraged to visit the Writing Center. Walk-ins are welcome, but you are not guarantee an appointment unless you sign up in advance.

Writing Center Website

Here’s what tutors in the Writing Center will help you do:

  • Read and understand your assignment
  • Understand the writing process, including brainstorming, planning, drafting, revising, and editing
  • Overcome writer’s block and give you a solid start to your essay
  • Plan your essay’s focus, thesis, organization, examples
  • Practice invention techniques, such as brainstorming, clustering, free-writing and outlining
  • Sharpen your thesis or controlling idea
  • Learn to read aloud in order to help you "hear" prose style, rhythm, and clarity
  • Self-edit (i.e. read aloud, edit line by line). Note: the tutor will not "fix" your paper!!! This is your job!
  • Understand how to document sources correctly (per the style manual specified for the course)
  • Learn to read and answer final exam reading comprehension questions effectively
  • Enhance your reading comprehension
  • Understand basic grammar topics and implement them in your own writing

Here’s what tutors WILL NOT do:

  • Write or re-write your paper
  • Edit, proofread, or correct your paper
  • "Find" all the errors of grammar or usage or word choice
  • Read and/or comment on your text extensively in writing
  • Interpret a faculty member’s grade or second-guess the grading process for the course or the assignment
  • Make changes to the assignment as stated
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