Reading, Writing, and Study Strategies Center
The Reading, Writing, and Study Strategies Center offers tutorial support in analytical language development, with special attention paid to the reading, writing and thinking strategies needed to succeed in general education courses. The center is staffed by professional tutors/faculty and by graduate students, primarily from the Education, English, and Applied Linguistics MA programs. The tutors are specially trained for work in critical analysis and language use, the intellectual functions engaged by the General Education Curriculum and upper division course research writing. RWSSC tutors are certified by the CRLA International Tutor Certification Program. In contrast to tutoring in the subject areas, which is restricted to lower division courses, the center serves students enrolled in undergraduate courses at all levels.
Tutors meet with students for one hour on a weekly basis. Students are encouraged to view the center not as a one-shot quick fix for their academic problems, but rather as a place to have their difficulties carefully diagnosed and addressed in tutorial sessions over an extended period of time. In addition to working directly, one-to-one with students, Center tutors make guest appearances in classes, at faculty invitation, and lead drop-in group workshops at appropriate times throughout each semester in such topics as the writing process, Study Strategies and Time Management, Note-Taking, Reading Strategies, and Exam Preparation and Test-Taking. A tutor led workshop has become a regular part of an intermediate nursing course (NU 212).