Writing Assistance

Writing Center Resource Directory

Boost your writing technique and craft your writing voice! For current students, we provide one-on-one writing help and walk-in lab hours on Tuesday nights. Services include:

  • Assistance with the writing process for writing assignments and professorial reviews
  • Assistance with the writing process for fellowship and scholarship essays
  • Improving writing techniques
  • Avoiding plagiarism, collaborative writing with skills management

Navigate through the topics below to find the resources you need.

Get Help

Get assistance with your papers and space to work with the writing counselor for as long as you need

  • Come prepared to work on your writing (have your laptop, writings, assignment, questions…)

Need one-on-one help? Sign up for an appointment. Be sure to send your materials 3 days ahead of time.

https://a.flexbooker.com/reserve/writing-center
Select “Individual Session (1 Hour)”

Please fill this preparation survey before your appointment.

For Assistance with Assignments

Critical Analysis Outline Template (see guide below):
https://1drv.ms/w/s!Ao0BeZUxKTLKghFRyXdYIebEhH1O
Walk through for assignments that have an argument that needs to be decomposed (broken down into simpler parts) and analyzed.

  • For group assignments, if applicable: contact and time to meet with group members
  • Be sure to include the class, the name of the professor, and the due date

For assistance with scholarship essays

  • Most up to date draft of your essay
  • Most up to date prompt/instructions from the awarding organization
  • Awarding organization’s website (requirements, about the organization, past participants)
  • Awarding organization’s mission statement
  • Personal mission statement
  • The deadline for submission

Refer to the frequent tips for further assistance.

Frequent Tips

This order ensures that your paper is organized and coherent while significantly shortening editing time

Suggested Editing Order

Apply this editing order after completing your first draft

  1. Structure: Check Structure
    • Make sure your headers address the items from the prompt
    • Make sure your thesis is easily identifiable in the last paragraph of your introduction
    • Ensure your references are correct
  1. Composition: Paragraph level
    • Never begin a paragraph with a citation
    • Always begin with discussing your main ideas
    • 3 types of sentences: topical sentence (first), citational (support) sentences, transitional sentences
    • Do not list citational sentences. Split them up with either a transitional sentence, or introduce the idea you are trying to convey by connecting it back to your thesis with a topical sentence.
  2. Content: Sentence level
    • Rearrange sentences to be more informative (topic of the sentence up front)
    • Review sentences for conjunctions (and, or, but because)
    • Review for transition use (“on the other hand”, “however”, “therefore”, “in addition”) and make sure it’s worded correctly
  3. Line by line: Word choice
    • Edit for four letter words (or less)
  4. Pass paper through the text-to-speech reader or Grammarl
    • http://text-to-speech.imtranslator.net
    • Always run the paper through Grammarly last! This cuts down on error overload.

Text-to-Speech

  • Machine that reads back text
  • Extremely accurate! Allows you to hear writing mistakes http://text-to-speech.imtranslator.net/
  • Better for speakers who hear and listen better

Grammarly

  • Browser app that highlights and explains errors
  • Best used AFTER you review your own paper to prevent overflow
  • Better for speakers who are visual learners

Organization: Using Microsoft Word Styles

For Windows

You can make headers using Microsoft’s styles feature-

a. Highlight the header

b. Go to Home>”Styles” section> Select the header you would like to make it (Header 1- Header 3)

Using headers has the added benefit of being able to navigate your paper through headers

You can see them by going to: View Ribbon> “Show” section > Tick “Navigational Pane”

For Mac

View headers in the review panel (mac)

Got to Review> tick the “Review Panel” box

A sidebar will show on the left, it has 3 icons at the top of it

Click on the outline icon ( small image of a bulleted list)

Assign other headers by going to the section (Windows and Mac are similar)

Highlight the header

Go to Home> “Styles” section”> right click “Header 1” and “Update Header 1…”

For Windows

You can make headers using Microsoft’s styles feature-

  1. Highlight the header
  2. Go to Home>”Styles” section> Select the header you would like to make it (Header 1- Header 3)

Using headers has the added benefit of being able to navigate your paper through headers

You can see them by going to: View Ribbon> “Show” section > Tick “Navigational Pane”

 

For Mac

View headers in the review panel (mac)

Got to Review> tick the “Review Panel” box

A sidebar will show on the left, it has 3 icons at the top of it

Click on the outline icon ( small image of a bulleted list)

Assign other headers by going to the section (Windows and Mac are similar)

Highlight the header

Go to Home> “Styles” section”> right click “Header 1” and “Update Header 1…”

1) Improve your writing by discovering your strengths and weaknesses

Take this test to identify your strongest intelligences
https://cunysph.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bf1Kjeq3ibMa2xv

Use this catalogue to identify techniques to help improve your writing
https://1drv.ms/b/s!Ao0BeZUxKTLKgR80K1y9iPyXJbLL

2) Be strategic about the opportunities you take

Use this template to plot out your professional trajectory
https://1drv.ms/w/s!Ao0BeZUxKTLKhBvQVhsfCDCK5FtJ

Content from this template can also be used in personal statements

3) Request Professorial Reviews: complete your assignments early and turning in your papers for your professor to review

  • Will greatly improve your writing
  • Builds a relationship with someone already within your field

4) Treat your professor as if they are the editing committee of a publication or a journal

  • Takes several iterations to perfect a paper for publication
  • Practicing this now will also increase your career prospects

Resources for Assignments

Refer to Frequent Tips for editing and useful tools in Microsoft Office

“Higher Order Concerns” versus “Lower Order Concerns” are used to classify your writing questions in a constructive way.

They describe the order of thought used to address the concern, not the level of importance.

Assist with getting the correct feedback through determining questions you should ask your professor versus questions you ask at your writing sessions.

Writing services can assist you mainly with LoCs: sentence clarity, organization, tone, writing style, and ensuring that you meet all of the requirements for the assignment

Your professor should be able to help you with HoCs: validity of your ideas, specific submission standards.

Resources for Capstone

Please see the Frequent Tips section

Review the capstone handbook: specifically the writing portion

  • Please find the (2) links below: link to the full handbook and a link detailing the writing portion attached below

Begin an outline for your report based on requirements with these suggested headers:

  • Introduction
  • Literature review/problem statement/background
    • Agency background
    • Purpose and project rationale
  • Methods
  • Project description/process
  • Results/Project outcomes
  • Discussion
  • Limitations, Recommendations
  • Conclusions
  • References
  • Tables, graphs, figures, etc.
  • Appendices
  • The abstract is always written last

Critical Analysis Template + Outline (see guide below)
https://1drv.ms/w/s!Ao0BeZUxKTLKgUIg9yhPn_sWLx3v
Walk through for an argument that needs to be decomposed (broke down into simpler parts) and analyzed.

Basic outline and Editing Template (see guide below)
https://1drv.ms/w/s!Ao0BeZUxKTLKgUHvcJJsc8eZLBr8
Walk through for most writing assignments. Also guides through the editing process and revision management.

“Higher Order Concerns” verses “Lower Order Concerns” are used to classify your writing questions in a constructive way.

They more describe the order of thought used to address the concern, not the level of importance.

Assist with getting the correct feedback through determining questions you should ask your professor verses questions you ask at your writing sessions.

Writing services can assist you mainly with LoCs: sentence clarity, organization, tone, writing style, and ensuring that you meet all of the requirements for the assignment

Your professor should be able to help you with HoCs:  validity of your ideas, specific submission standards.

Resources for Scholarship Essays

Use this template to walk through your professional path and construct a Personal/Mission statement

https://1drv.ms/w/s!Ao0BeZUxKTLKgTzaKP3DdeeZoJ8M

Professional Writing Career and Writing Improvement Resources

This section includes resources and presentations meant to help improve your professional writing. You may contact the writing counselor Rahni Sumler with any questions.

You can also access all the files in one place here:

https://1drv.ms/f/s!Ao0BeZUxKTLKgU3uX5tx0eQQsaTR

https://1drv.ms/p/s!Ao0BeZUxKTLKgViB-wQXt9Sek3Z-

It’s time to get organized! When developing your writing style, editing will have to be pretty intensive at first.

This is why it is critical to have a proper editing process that reduces work and helps inform your writing style practice. Editing considerations for technical writing varies wildly from other sorts of writing. For one, delivering your ideas efficiently requires editing informatively.

Come learn techniques for:

  • Methodical process for editing the final iterations of their paper
  • Quick tips for Organization and clarity at the professional level.
  • “Divide and Conquer” Approach
  • Technical writing specific editing

Make your writing more authoritative: Come out and learn professional editing for yourself!

https://1drv.ms/w/s!Ao0BeZUxKTLKgTzaKP3DdeeZoJ8M

The ultimate goal is to identify the critical academic path to achieving your career goals. This requires identifying your goals and constantly assessing how to achieve them. This template will guide you. Feel free to change the template to suit your needs.

https://1drv.ms/p/s!Ao0BeZUxKTLKgUZCrdW_zwpQ1L2E

The job market is over inundated with talent, so much so that it can be difficult standing out. This is a similar problem faced by both large company firms and entrepreneurs alike.

Operating in a field with so many alternatives, the tested and true solution is to build a relationship with your target audience through a concept called Inbound Marketing. Applying this practice to how you research, how you complete your assignments, and how you consider your career choices, you will ultimately become your own recruiter!

Come learn techniques for:

  • Simple guide for Strategic Networking through Research
  • How to Blog (Academically)
  • How to be your own Recruiter – Concepts of Inbound Marketing for developing your Career