Ask a Specialist: Breaking out of Writer’s Block

We had a great October meeting with our writing tutors! As we are starting to see longer papers and projects in the Writing Center, we thought we'd ask about writer's block this month. Here's our question: Have you ever had a bad case of writer’s block? How did you overcome this “malady” and finish your …

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Better Know a Department: Comm Studies

Welcome to the first post in our new and exciting blog series: Better Know a Department! In this series, our 100W tutors will be interviewing their instructors with a set list of questions to help our readers learn a bit more about the writing opportunities and expectations in various academic disciplines. Enya Gomez interviewed Professor …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week – Commas Save Lives!

This week, we're talking about commas again. Remember: Commas can do more than save Grandmas...but they're a great example. giphy.com They can... surround the name or title of a person directly addressed, Grandma, why are you looking at me like that? giphy.com Note: The sentence could also read “Why are you looking at me like …

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Virtual Workshop: How to Write a Killer Introduction

The Writing Center is a hive of activity these days with all of our new tutors and all of their new appointments times in the WCOnline! But we're always looking for more ways to serve our students and so we're adding a new resource to our YouTube channel.  As our free workshop series kicks off tomorrow, September …

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Ask A Specialist: Tutoring is like . . .

Happy Labor Day! In our first "Ask a Specialist" feature for the new school year, we decided to be philosophical and ask about the nature of the work itself. What metaphor would you apply to tutoring? How would you describe your work? Let's see what some of our tutors had to say: Tutoring is like... …

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The Writing Center is almost Open!

Today's the first Writing Center meeting of the year as we get ready to help YOU with your writing needs starting on Tuesday, September 5th!  Start signing up for appointments now on the WC Online! What's in store for us this year? -- We've got lots of great new types of posts coming to The …

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Back to School = Back to Fun!

While the Writing Center doesn't open for students until September 5, we're still so excited for the start to the school year!  With all those new school supplies, new books, and new ideas...what could possibly be better? What are we looking forward to most this year?  Let's see what some of our tutors and staff …

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Orientating and Hiring: News from the Writing Center

Today marks the halfway point of SJSU's Frosh Orientation Sessions! Welcome to the blog if you found our display at the sessions... And while it might be a little early for incoming freshmen to think about being a Writing Specialist, for the rest of our favorite Spartans...we're hiring! We'll be introducing our new Writing Specialists …

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Voicing the Words on the Page (Part II)

By Luke Coulter Recently, I wrote a blog post about embracing voice when it comes to writing essays. Today, I want to talk a little bit more about voice and how it can help both your writing and your life. Back in 2009, I was teaching English in Hanoi, Vietnam. I had very little teaching …

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Voicing the Words on the Page (Part I)

By Luke Coulter As a California native, I never saw the need for a phrase describing the weather phenomenon where it is raining and the sun is shining at the same time. When this happens in the Southern States of the USA, however, people will turn to whoever is near them and loudly proclaim that …

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