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 to the Writing Center Online Appointment Book
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Students with advance appointments are given priority service

Our Goal

The NSU Writing & Academic Resource Center is here to serve NSU students to increase their knowledge and skills in effective academic writing and research practices. Feel free to visit us in person, call or email us, or visit this Web page or our Facebook page for more information.

See below for locations and contact information, current news, and the mission, program, services, and upcoming activities of the NSU Writing Center.

Contact Information

Address: 335 Kyser Hall, 165 Sam Sibley Drive, Natchitoches, LA  71497

Phone: 318-357-6357     Emailnsuwritingcenter@nsula.edu

Webhttp://langcomm.nsula.edu/writing-center/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NorthwesternStateWritingCenter

Twitter: @NSUWrites

Information Flyer: Fall 2014

Locations and Hours of Operation (Natchitoches campus)

Fall, 2014
  • Kyser Hall Center--3rd floor, Room 335: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Closed Friday
  • Watson Library Center ("The Outpost")--2nd floor Reading Room: TBA 09/08/2014.
  • NEW!--A.A. Fredericks Fine Arts Center: TBA 09/08/2014.

Tutoring Appointments

Scan the QR code at the top of this page or click the "Book now!" link below to go to the Writing Center online appointment book. Students, in either on-campus or Internet courses, can schedule an appointment with a writing tutor and even choose a specific Writing Center staff member. Faculty can reserve a seat in the Kyser Hall location to administer a class test to a student and/or schedule a class visit or tour led by a Writing Center staff member.  The online appointment book is available 24/7. See later on this page for detailed information on Writing Center services for students and faculty.

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News from the Center

  • August 20th: WC presentation to NSU faculty: On Monday, August 18th, Dr. Mischler presented a session at the Fall Faculty Institute on the Writing Center, including an overview of its mission, services offered, types of writing tutoring available, and ways that faculty can encourage students to visit the Center. For more information about the WC, contact Dr. Jim Mischler, Director, at mischlerj@nsula.edu. A PDF file of the PowerPoint presentation is available here: WC Overview
  • August 13th: WC Twitter account address change: The Writing Center's Twitter account address has been changed to @NSUWrites, which is simpler, shorter, and easier to remember than the old address (@NSUWritingCente), and hopefully less confusing for our 173 followers (as of today). Follow our Twitter feed and receive weekly Center news, program updates, writing tips, and more!
  • August 1st: New Writing Center tutoring video!: A new video (4 minutes in length) providing basic information on the WC and its tutoring program is now available at . The video is a dramatization of a typical tutoring appointment. Information provided includes the location of the Writing Center on the NSU campus, how to sign up for a tutoring appointment, and what a typical tutoring session looks like. We want the university community to understand what we do and how we do it. Contact Dr. Jim Mischler, program director (mischlerj@nsula.edu), if you have questions or comments about the video.

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Our Mission

The Writing & Academic Resource Center at Northwestern State University is a place where students can increase their knowledge and abilities in three areas of college-level academic skills: writing, content knowledge, and research. Trained undergraduate and graduate tutors provide free assistance and feedback on student academic projects. The Center also offers a comfortable atmosphere for studying.  Below are brief descriptions of the three areas of tutoring offered.

Tutoring Services

I. Writing

A. On-campus: The goal of tutoring in writing is to help students become confident, aware, and reflective writers of papers for academic audiences. Through conversing, questioning, modeling, and explaining concepts, tutors and students collaborate in all aspects of language, communication, and literacy development, and students become active participants in their own learning. Print and online resources in academic writing skills are also available in our Writing and Research libraries. A student may make an advance appointment (see QR code and "Book Now!" links, above) or come in as a "walk-in." NOTE: Students with advance appointments are given priority over walk-ins.

B. International Students: Academic services for NSU students whose first language is not English are also offered. See the current service schedule  located in the section of this page titled, "Locations and Hours of Operation." To make an appointment with a writing tutor, click the "Book now!" link and then click the link labeled, "International Student Tutoring." Follow the instructions to make the appointment. Appointments are not required but are recommended. NOTE: All tutoring is provided in A.A. Fredericks Hall.

Note 1: We will not proofread, edit, or in any way interfere directly with a student's own writing work. The Writing Center tutors provide students with information and advice on areas that are in need of improvment in a piece of writing. It is ths student's responsibility to use the feedback provided by the tutor to make revisions and corrections.

C. OnlineFor students enrolled in NSU Internet courses who cannot visit the on-campus locations for tutoring, tutors can assist students via either WebEx (NSU's online video/audio communication system) or email. Students *must* first reserve a date and time for the tutoring session using our online appointment book (see "Book Now!" link, above).

After making the appointment, the student must also send the following information to the Center's email address (nsuwritingcenter@nsula.edu):

  • a copy of the paper draft in Microsoft Word format
  • the assignment instructions
  • the course number
  • the professor's name and email address
  • information on the student's current computer set-up, especially the Internet connection type (e.g., "dial-up", "satellite," "DSL," "broadband").

Based on the information provided in the email message, the Center staff will determine the best method to provide tutoring services electronically, either via  WebEx or email.

Note 2As with face-to-face tutoring, the online tutor will not edit the student's paper. See Note 1 above for details. 

Note 3The student must plan ahead and make the appointment for on-line tutoring at least 3 days prior to the assignment deadline, in order to allow time for the student to make any needed revisions and turn in the paper by the deadline. As with face-to-face tutoring in the Writing Center, the online student is responsible for meeting all requirements for the assignment, including the professor's stated deadline.

II. Content Knowledge: The tutoring staff in the Center also has expertise in several academic fields related to the study of language, including English literature, rhetoric, film studies, cultural studies, linguistics, psychology, and English as a Second Language (ESL). Students may request tutoring in any of these subjects. Print and online resources in these subjects are also available.

III. Research: The Center also provides tutoring in academic research skills. Students who write research papers for courses in the Department of Language and Communication may request tutoring in effective practices for library and Internet research. Print and online resources in academic research skills are also available. 

IV. English Listening and Speaking: For NSU international students, the English Converation Group is available for practicing college-level listening and speaking skillls in a relaxed, informal setting. For service schedule and location, see the section of this page titled, "Locations and Hours of Operation." NOTE: An appointment is not required to join an English Conversation Group session--just come when a Group session is offered and join the conversation!

The Center is designed to serve the learning needs of NSU students in the three major areas of academic skills discussed above. Additional resources to support these areas are also provided; see below for details.

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Academic Support Services

  • Writing Library and Research Library--writing handbooks and composition textbooks, dictionaries, literature anthologies, scholarly journals in literature and poetry, books on academic subject areas, and other printed academic resources;
  • Computer stations for writing and research projects;
  • Computer printer for printing English classwork;
  • Tables for studying.