Writing Center Congratulations and Summer Tutoring!

We are always so proud of our tutors here at the Writing Center! The latest news? Ariel Andrew, one of our recently graduated tutors, was just published in The Peer Review! Her article, "Who Do We Think We Are, Anyway?: Writing Tutor Identity Formation through Storytelling" is available here. Want a sneak preview? Here's just one …

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The Fix-It Police: Symbols and Simplicity

In our Fix-it Police series, we've done a lot of work on things we've found that are concretely wrong. Misused commas and apostrophes, for example, are grammatical concepts with finite rules, but stylistic choices are decidedly more complex. This week, let's look at DQ's campaign for what they call a "$5 Buck Lunch." Here, we …

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Better Know a Department: English and Humanities

Welcome back to our "Better Know a Department" series! A few posts ago, we interviewed professors from both English and Humanities. In this post, our tutor Basil interviewed a professor who has experience in both: Karen English. With 29 years of experience, Professor English has taught a myriad of classes: ENGL 1B, 2, 10, 90A & …

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Writing Center News: We’re Expanding!

No, you're not just seeing double...there are now TWO Writing Center spaces! Let's continue to let classic TV comedy Sister Sister explain: The space you know and love in Clark Hall will be used to host drop-in appointments while the new space in the second floor of the library will be for scheduled appointments!  We'll still be maintaining …

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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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Why Go to the Writing Center?

The Writing Center is open again - hooray! And as our reservation system on the WCOnline fills up this week, one name we might not yet see among our appointment is yours. Why should I go to the Writing Center you might be asking yourself. Maybe you're thinking you're too shy, scared, embarrassed (or other …

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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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Part 3: “So What?” A Writing Series

And we're back! So what about persuasive/argumentative papers? Again, the first question to ask is: What does the paper want? Persuasive/argumentative papers are like debates: they give you a chance to prove why you’re right while offering a rebuttal to the opposing side. These papers rely on not just substantial evidence, but clear, organized arguments that …

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The words they are a changin’…and so are we: we’re hiring!

Since we've been talking about the new updates and changes to our Writing Center this week, we'd like to point out that we are not alone in our progress. The English language (and our relationship with words) is constantly evolving. In the last few months, in witnessing the singer-songwriter Bob Dylan being awarded the Nobel …

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