Whip Your Writing Into Shape: a YouTube Experience

This week we're going to throw it back in time to that period of big hair, Jazzercise videos, and neon stirrup pants -- the 80s! Our tutor Christina created a totally tubular YouTube video that's both a tribute to the 80s AND a useful resource on ways to help your writing! Check it out, dude! …

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The Wrap-Up 2018: Parting Advice from Graduating Tutors

All good things must come to an end, and that's especially true this year at SJSU. While we are happy so many of our beloved tutors are graduating, we'll be sad to see them go! But, never fear, we asked each of them to offer one final piece of advice for us. Ajah: The closer you …

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New Writing Center Video: Kerri’s “Preparing and Delivering Presentations”

Our tutors are always hard at work as they strive to provide the latest and greatest academic resources for you! Kerri, one of our graduating tutors, has just created a new video for the Writing Center featuring tips from her interview with SJSU's Professional and Technical Writing Program Director, Dr. Mark Thompson. Watch this video on …

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Writing Center Conversation Groups: an Introduction by Nicky

Over the next few weeks, we'll featuring some of the great work of our writing tutors this year! Nicky, one of our graduating tutors, has created a new program for Writing Center students as part of her resource project -- multilingual conversation groups! She has been assisted in this endeavor by fellow tutors Enya, My-Tam, …

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Remembering Dr. King

Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In honor of Dr. King's legacy, we're looking back at our celebration of MLK Day this year (below). But perhaps no other tribute is more powerful than his own famous words:     Today we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s …

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Check Yourself before you Grammarly Yourself

In our age of technology, it's about time for a mainstream grammar checker to enter our academic knowledge. Grammarly, an extension you can use to essentially "proofread" your paper, is one such player in this field. As tutors, our preference will always be for human interaction when it comes to grammatical concepts. Every document is …

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Celebrating MLK Day

Today we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s national holiday. Since we've been encouraging further reading during the month of January, here's a selection of books about Dr. King, Jr. (including some written by him), civil rights, and nonviolence: http://www.thekingcenter.org/books-bibliography. If you'd like to celebrate the holiday by reading poems, the Academy of American Poets offers …

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2018: The Year of Lots of Reading?

Based on the images below, it's clear my social media feed has had a theme in the last few weeks...people are thinking and talking about reading! I get it - my newsfeed is quite literary and yours might not look quite the same. But, in a quick visit over to Goodreads' 2018 Reading Challenge, it …

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New Year = New (Student) You

Yesterday was the start of Winter Session at SJSU and many students have likely come back to school with some resolutions they're trying to fulfill. If one of your goals is to be a better student in the new year, here's a tip: you don't have to feel like the grad student in the PhD …

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Ask A Specialist (November): Choosing a Reading Format

The writing tutors had a great meeting on Friday! During this meeting, we explored the following question: What format do you prefer to read - print or web or both? Why? As always, our tutors had plenty of insights to share.  There wasn't a general consensus on the format - most of the tutors switched …

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