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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


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

Twitter: @NSUWrites

Information Flyer: Spring 2015 edition--Available 1/12/2015

Locations and Hours of Operation (Natchitoches campus)

Spring, 2015
  • Kyser Hall Center--3rd floor, Room 335: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Closed Friday
  • Watson Library Center ("The Outpost")--2nd floor Reading Room: Mon. & Wed., 7-9 PM.

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

  • March 10th: Fall tutor applications open: The Writing Center announces that applications for fall 2015 tutor positions are now open. Click the link shown below and download the application form, fill it out, and return it to Room 318 Kyser Hall by Noon on Tuesday, March 24th. *Selected* applicants will be invited to attend a 10-minute face-to-face interview; a writing sample will also be required. The interviews will be held after Spring Break, and hiring decisions will be made before the end of the spring semester.
  • Fall 2015 Tutor Application form
  • March 2nd: New CAPA "Outpost" opens: Starting Monday, March 2nd, the Writing Center will open a new "Outpost" tutoring center in the Old Fine Arts Building, Room 306. A tutor will be available to assist students with their writing projects from 7-9 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays. The CAPA center is the second Outpost program for the WC; the first and oldest is the Watson Library Outpost. 
  • January 22nd: Library Outpost hours for spring 2015: Dr. Jim Mischler, Director of the Writing & Academic Resource Center, has announced the Center's operating hours in Watson Library for the spring 2015 semester. The schedule for the Center's "Outpost" in the 2nd floor Reading Room is as follows: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7-9 PM. Tutors will be available to help students with class research and writing projects. No appointment is required, though advance appointments are encouraged (click the "Book now!" link, above, to go to the online appointment book). 
  • January 15th: New tutor hired: A third new tutor has been hired for the spring 2015 semester. We welcome Evanne LeBlanc to the staff. Congratulations! 
  • December 29th: Spring 2015 WC operating hours: Dr. Jim Mischler, Director of the Writing & Academic Resource Center, has announced the Center's operating hours for the spring 2015 semester. The main location in 335 Kyser Hall will be open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Spring hours for the Watson Library Outpost will be announced the third week of school (January 26th-29th). Dr. Mischler notes that the new Kyser Hall hours resulted from several changes in the spring semester tutoring staff.
  • December 22nd: Two new tutors hired for spring 2015 semester: After reviewing 31 applications, interviewing 8 candidates, and reading writing samples, two NSU students have been hired to serve as writing tutors for next semester: Jessica Rousset and Kianna Frazier. Congratulations and welcome to the staff!
  • November 4th: Spring 2015 tutor positions available!: The Writing Center has announced that tutor application are being taken for the spring 2015 semester. The deadline for applications is 4:30 PM Tuesday, November 18th. For more information on the tutoring position and the Writing Center, contact Dr. Jim Mischler at mischlerj@nsula.edu.
  • 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 14th: WC article in NSU News!: In the August 14th edition of the NSU News, an on-campus publication for faculty, there is an article about the Writing Center remodeling project. The article discusses the goals of the project, the specific changes made, and the benefits to students, faculty, and staff who visit the Center. A PDF file of the NSU News issue is here: WC Remodeling Article
  • 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, 2014: 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 335 Kyser 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 Conversation Group sessions are held in 335 Kyser Hall.

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.