NOTICE:

The Writing Center is CLOSED for the 2015 Summer Term. If you need assistance with writing, contact Tutoring Services in the Student Union or call 318-357-5045.

Students who need to use a computer can go to 243A Kyser Hall or to the computer lab in Watson Library.

 

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

Locations and Hours of Operation (Natchitoches campus)

Summer, 2015
  • Kyser Hall Center--3rd floor, Room 335: CLOSED FOR SUMMER
  • Watson Library Center--2nd Floor Reading Room; CLOSED FOR SUMMER.
  • CAPA Center--306 Old Fine Arts Building; CLOSED FOR SUMMER.

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

  • May 28th: Writing Center CLOSED for 2015 summer term: The Writing Center will be closed for the entire 2015 summer term. Students who need assistance with writing should contact Tutoring Services in the Student Union or call 318-357-5045. Students who need to use a computer can go to 243A Kyser Hall or to the lab in Watson Library.
  • May 11th: Center Director to step down: Dr. Jim Mischler, the Director of the Writing & Academic Resource Center for the past five years, will officially discontinue his work in the Center at the end of the spring semester. Dr. Mischler submitted his resignation in February, and his last day is Friday, May 15th. He will continue to serve NSU as Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in TESOL. As of this writing, a new Director has not been named. 
  • April 30th: Writing Center closes for spring on May 7th: Dr. Jim Mischler, Director of the Writing & Academic Resource Center, has announced that the Writing Center will close for the spring semester at 1 PM on Thursday, May 7th. The next day is Commencement; all Center staff members are invited and encouraged to attend the graduation ceremonies.
  • April 24th, 2015: New tutors for Fall 2015 announced: The Writing Center is pleased to announce that four new undergraduate tutors have been hired to join the staff in the fall 2015 semester. They are Megan Denny, Ben Murphy, Raley Pellettieri, and Markus Templeton. Congratulations and welcome to the tutoring staff!

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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.