Writing Center

What?

The Writing Center offers free sessions with peer tutors to discuss all aspects of the writing process, from brainstorming to composition and revising/editing skills. We enjoy working with writers at any level and for writing in any course. Interactive sessions will engage you in developing your ideas and practicing revising and editing strategies. The center is located on the first floor of the Administration Building and has drop-in hours and appointments.

Check us out! How to Make a Writing Center Appointment. The website for making an appointment can be found here.


Where?

The Writing Center is located on the first (ground) floor of the Library/Administration Building.


When?

Fall 2017 Hours:

We are open abbreviated hours until September 10, 2017. Please call or make an online appointment for more information on our abbreviated hours.
After September 10 our hours will be as follows:
  • Sunday: 2:00-8:00pm
  • Monday through Thursday: 10:00am to noon and 1:00-8:00pm (Closed some Tuesdays 3:00-4:00pm for staff meetings)
  • Friday: 10:00am to noon and 1:00-5:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed

Additional closures may occur for inclement weather or staff events. Please visit our online appointment system to verify our schedule and to make an appointment. The online appointment system can be found here.


Meet Our Staff

Rachel Liberatore, Director of the Writing Center

Rachel Liberatore directs the Writing Center and teaches English composition and First Year Seminar at the college. She has a background in teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) and enjoys poetry, cultural and gender studies, and science. Some of her areas of writing expertise include MLA and APA style, using research sources appropriately and effectively, and techniques for making substantive revisions to papers. She says, “Please stop by my office if you would like to discuss how the Albright Writing Center can help you achieve your writing goals.”


Kyle Bernadyn is an English major and a lover of writing and knowledge who strives to assist others. His areas of specialty include brainstorming, outlining, essay structure, and interpreting texts. He says, “Being an English major in my junior year, I’ve seen firsthand what can be done when passion meets effort.”

 


Emily Durell is majoring in communications (PR/advertising) and history. She comes from a family of educators and loves giving students the tools they need to succeed on their own. She enjoys the initial planning stages of writing and working on papers that analyze and synthesize primary sources.

 


Katie Kline is a physics major who also enjoys studying the arts. She likes to be friendly and sociable while helping out people. She has the most experience with argumentative essays and also enjoys brainstorming sessions.

 


Kayhla Waters is a computer science and digital media major. She has a background in tutoring English in high school and computer science in college. She enjoys creative writing, brainstorming, and philosophy. She is most familiar with MLA style and can’t wait to help you become a better writer.

Writing Tips

Faced with a paper? Need some quick help? Try out our pointers for perfect papers!


Stuck for a Start?

If the standard textbook advice doesn’t work for you, let the OWL (Online Writing Laboratory) at Purdue University give you some wise words.

The following links are from The Writer’s Web, which is maintained by the University of Richmond.

Let the following fill-in form on “Where to Start a Paper” help stretch your thinking.

Try these approaches:


Bludgeoned by “Writer’s Block”?


Threatened by a Thesis?

What exactly is a thesis? How do you write one? The following site presents a lucid explanation of what a thesis is and what it isn’t.

Learn about “mapping” with a thesis. Then follow the development of a thesis with an illustration. A printout gives you a useful form for your own paper.


Content in Confusion?

Check this user-friendly site for a splendid website about outlining.

For brief, clear information about “Organizing a Multiple-Subject Paper,” check this site.


Questions About Paragraphing?

For finer tuning of content, check these sites:


At a Loss for Words?

Profit by suggestions for “Building a Better Vocabulary.” Then test yourself on the accompanying quizzes.

Subscribe to Wordsmith at wsmith@wordsmith.org and receive a word in the mail every day.

Or subscribe to any of the other sites listed in “Building a Better Vocabulary.” They’ll also send mail faithfully, even if it’s only a word to enrich your vocabulary.


Grammar Gotcha?

There is no magic solution to grammar problems, but there is plenty of good help. If you know you make better progress with personal one-on-one instruction, come for grammar work with a tutor in the Writing Center.

If you like to work by yourself, call up the quizzes in this section:

  • Structural flaws (#67-79)
  • Punctuation and basic mechanics (#80-99)
  • Stylistic considerations (#109-122)
  • Notorious confusables (#123-130)

Check essential points of grammar and style in the most famous grammar book of the century: Strunk and White’s “little book”-The Elements of Style.

Searching for a good summary of grammar issues?


Polishing Makes Perfect

Here are excellent “Proofreading Strategies” from Colorado State University to ease the proofreading pain.

Let advice from Harvard inspire you to go beyond running spell-check as the final effort in perfecting your paper.

Help cultivate your individual writing voice with ideas about “Putting Voice into a Paper.”

Don’t put your head in the sand. Read this: “Some Warning Signs of a Rushed Paper.”


Ragged Over Research?

Check this site on “Strategies for Research Paper Writing” from Cornell University.

Avoid accidental plagiarism or misuse of sources by reviewing this “Avoiding Plagiarism” guide from Northwestern University.


Writing Online?

For everyone who sits down at the keyboard to write, here’s common-sense advice worth hearing. The page includes “netiquette” cautions like avoiding “flames” and “spam.”

Reading Tutoring

The Albright Writing Center is now offering peer tutoring in reading skills. In a session with a peer reading tutor, you can discuss and practice these skills:

  • Managing the college reading workload
  • Previewing and annotating/marking up a challenging text
  • Identifying and understanding thesis and main evidence (including note-taking strategies)
  • Brainstorming ideas about what was read (tutor will ask open-ended questions to solicit your own ideas)

Frequently Asked Questions about Reading Tutoring

What happens at a reading tutoring session?

You and the tutor will sit down one-on-one and discuss your situation. The tutor will then give you advice on one or more of the above skills, and you can practice them together using your coursework readings. A tutor may also help you identify other resources such as handouts and web pages that would be useful based on your particular needs.


What does NOT happen at a reading tutoring session?

A tutor will not read the documents for/to you as a replacement for your reading it yourself. A tutor will not tell you what to write about what you read.


How should I prepare for a reading session?

Do your homework/reading ahead of the session, but be ready to talk to the tutor about what you found challenging. Please bring any related course handouts, notes, or other materials.


How should I select a tutor for reading help and make an appointment? Where are you located?

Our website for making Writing Center appointments can be found at http://alb.mywconline.com

When you log into the Writing Center appointment system, by each tutor’s name is a notation regarding whether they assist with reading, writing or both. Select an appropriate tutor. If you need help logging into the appointment system, please see the main Writing Center webpage for instructions or visit us in person for assistance. We are located on the first (ground) floor of the Administration building.


What should I do if I am having difficulties that I don’t think can be addressed by meeting with a peer tutor?

Please visit your professor’s office hours, the director of the Writing Center, or staff at the Academic Learning Center to discuss your situation.

Jobs at the Writing Center

The Albright Writing Center uses a peer tutoring model and so hires current students. Before hire, students need to have completed their ENG 101/102 composition sequence (or transfer course equivalent), and so most tutors are not hired until the end of their first year or later.  Students of any area of concentration/major are encouraged to apply.


Hiring Dates

The coordinator will hire tutors as needed from applications on file, so you are encouraged to submit an application even if the center is not currently hiring. Most Writing Center hiring occurs by the end of the spring semester (before summer break) with a job start date of the following fall semester. This allows tutors to begin their tutor training at the very beginning of the fall semester. However, as needed tutors may be hired at other times of the year. In the past few years, three to six new tutors have been hired per year.


Applying to Be a Tutor

An application can be found here including instructions on submitting your application. The application requests the submission of an application form, writing samples and a faculty recommendation.


Requirements for Applicants

Peer tutors are selected on the basis of academic skill, leadership, character, and the ability to communicate well with others. To submit an application for peer tutoring at the Writing Center, you will need to have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Completed ENG 102 or higher level English course (or transfer credit equivalents)
  • High grade in ENG 101/102  and an upper level writing intensive course
  • Overall GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Good standing with the college (not on probation)
  • Available to work 4 or more hours per week

Tutors who are selected to work at the center often have higher qualifications than those mentioned above.


Tutor Training

All peer tutors must participate in paid training and staff meetings. The training includes 10-15 hours to be achieved within two semesters. Training is offered each semester and includes large and small group meetings and mentoring by experienced tutors. Training leads to international certification by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA).


Questions?

If you have any questions while you are working on your application, please contact Rachel Liberatore at RLiberatore@albright.edu or 610-921-7854, or visit the her office in the Writing Center on the first floor of the Administration Building.

Tutoring in Other Subjects

The Writing Center can assist with your writing-related work for all courses.  If you need a tutor for other subject areas or want to meet with a staff member to discuss college success and study skills, please contact the college’s other academic support center: the Academic Learning Center can be reached at 610-921-7662, academiclearningcenter@albright.edu, or B-07 (Lower Level) Administration Building. The Academic Learning Center website can be found here.

Information for ADP and Online Students

What is the Writing Center?

The Albright Writing Center is a free peer tutoring service to assist you in writing for all of your Albright courses. We can assist with any aspect of writing for any course. In a one-on-one session, online chat session, or through e-mailed feedback, we will guide you in strategies for writing and revising. Our philosophy is to provide you with ideas and resources as we guide you in making your own changes. The center is located on the main Reading campus on the first floor of the Administration Building. You can view our current hours of operation or make an appointment through our online records and appointment system. For more information on our services, click here for our flyer on “Writing Center Services for ADP and Online Students.”


Can you help me with research skills?

We can assist you with research skills, but for library-based research we also encourage you to contact the college’s reference librarians at Gingrich Library: 610-921-7211.


I have additional questions. How can I contact you?

If you have questions, please contact the Writing Center at writingcenter@albright.edu or (610) 921-7540. The director, Rachel Liberatore, can be reached at rliberatore@albright.edu, in her office in the Writing Center on the first floor of the Administration Building, or at (610) 921-7854.  


What if I can’t visit in person?

ADP or online students are strongly encouraged to visit the Writing Center in person. However, ADP or online students have additional options due to the nature of the program and can also have a telephone session, online chat session or e-mailed margin comments. For more information, click here for our flyer on “Writing Center Services for ADP and Online Students.”


Online Chat Tutoring

Our new online chat tutoring appointments allow you to have an interactive discussion about writing even if you are unable to visit in person. During online chat, a whiteboard is available on which you and the tutor can brainstorm or pull up an essay. Online chat appointments can be made for 30 or 60 minutes, just like an in-person appointment. Please click here for our flyer on how to sign up for an online chat appointment.


Essay Feedback Submission Form for E-mailed Feedback

This form should only be used by Albright students in an ADP program or taking an online course at Albright and unable to visit the Albright Writing Center in person. Regular day students should visit us in person rather than using this form.

We ask for two or more workdays to provide feedback.  We are unable to provide feedback on some holidays, Saturdays, the last two weeks of December, and other dates of closure.

If you have trouble using this form, please email the information requested in the form to writingcenter@albright.edualong with your essay as an attachment.

Complete Form Here

Information for Faculty

What is the Writing Center?

Albright students can visit the college’s writing center to receive free assistance with reading skills, composition and revising/editing skills. Peer tutors conference with student writers on all aspects of the writing process. The director is also available for consultation.  The center is located on the first floor of the Administration Building and has drop-in hours and appointments.


What is the Writing Center’s philosophy? How does it work?

Writing tutors act as consultants, giving feedback and guidance on major areas of effective reading and writing (idea development, organization, use of research, etc.) Writing tutors actively engage students in meaningful conversations about their writing and help writers learn new strategies.

The center’s goal is not to have students leave with “perfect papers,” but rather to have students leave with more effective composing/revising/editing strategies.


Who works at the Writing Center?

The Writing Center’s peer tutors are Albright students who have a history of success in writing intensive courses. The director (a composition instructor) is also available to work with students.

Writing Center tutors have a wide range of majors but have all received a high grade in the ENG 101/102 course sequence and an advanced writing-intensive course. All tutors must receive a positive faculty recommendation before being hired.

Tutors receive ongoing training in composition and tutoring methodology and are required to work towards their College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) tutoring certification.


Where can I get flyers for my students?

Please contact the center director (Rachel Liberatore) and request flyers for your courses. Indicate the number of students and whether it is a regular day course or an ADP or online course. We can also visit your class at request (see next section).


Can the Writing Center visit my class?

At request, the Writing Center tutors or director can visit most classes to promote the center and explain our approach towards working with students. These presentations last about 15 minutes. The center can also provide you with informative flyers to give students.


Can I require my whole class to work with the Writing Center?

We request that student sessions be optional since voluntary sessions are often more productive than required sessions. However, if you ask an entire class to have sessions with the center, it is recommended that you allow visits throughout the semester to ensure open time slots are available.


Special assignments: My students are working on a group project. Can the whole group come in for an appointment? Does the Writing Center help students with take-home essay exams?

Students working together on a project may work with a tutor as a group.

The Writing Center relies on students to give reliable information about whether they can bring take-home exams to the center. If you do not want your students to bring a particular assignment to the center, please include a statement on the assignment indicating your request.


My students could really use help with proofreading/editing. Will you proofread papers before they turn their work in to me?

Rather than proofread or edit for the student, writing tutors will help students gain proofreading strategies. This may mean that not all students will leave the center with a grammatically perfect paper, but they should leave with stronger independent writing and revising/editing skills.


I teach in the ADP Program or online. How can the center help my students?

ADP and online students are also encouraged to meet with the center’s peer tutors or director for in-person sessions. However, they may also request an online-chat session, a telephone conference or e-mailed feedback. They may refer to the information on the Writing Center page for ADP and online students (see the menu at the top left) for additional details and for a link to our flyer on our services for students in these programs.


How can I help the Writing Center work with my students?

  • Encourage all students to visit the center. Even students doing well could benefit from additional feedback.
  • Share stories of your own experiences collaborating with others to develop your writing to help students understand the benefits of collaboration and feedback.
  • Ask your students to bring their assignment sheets, grading guidelines, etc. to their appointment.
  • Visit the center’s website as it continues to evolve, and let the center know what faculty resources would benefit you.
  • Include an encouraging statement about the center on your course syllabi. A sample statement can be found below.
  • Note that voluntary visits tend to be more productive than required visits.

How do I contact the Writing Center for more information?

Location: The Writing Center is located on the first floor of the Administration Building

Email:writingcenter@albright.edu

Director: Rachel Liberatore, RLiberatore@albright.edu, 610-921-7854


Faculty Resources


Writing Center Syllabus Statement for Regular Courses:

NOTE: For SUMMER or INTERIM classes, faculty may want to also indicate that our hours are abbreviated and should be verified through our online appointment system.

We encourage you to visit the Writing Center early and often throughout the semester to help build a strong foundation for writing in this course and in all of your courses. The center’s peer tutors and coordinator will work with you at any stage of the writing process, from developing and organizing ideas to revising and editing drafts. Rather than editing your work for you, writing tutors will actively engage you in meaningful conversations about your writing and help you learn new strategies. Tutors are also available to discuss and practice approaches to managing the college reading workload and reading more effectively. The center is located on the first floor of the Administration Building and can be reached at writingcenter@albright.edu or (610) 921-7540. Appointments are strongly recommended to ensure availability. You can view the current schedule and make an appointment through our online appointment system at http://alb.mywconline.com or visit our center in person for assistance.


Writing Center Syllabus Statement for ADP or Online Courses

 NOTE: For SUMMER or INTERIM classes, faculty may want to also indicate that our hours are abbreviated and should be verified through our online appointment system.

We encourage you to visit the Writing Center early and often to help build a strong foundation for writing in this course and in all of your courses. The center’s peer tutors and director will work with you at any stage of the writing process, from developing and organizing ideas to revising and editing drafts. Rather than editing your work for you, writing tutors will actively engage you in meaningful conversations about your writing and help you learn new strategies. Tutors are also available to discuss and practice approaches to managing the college reading workload and reading more effectively. The center is located on the main Reading, PA campus on the first floor of the Administration Building and can be reached at writingcenter@albright.edu or (610) 921-7540. For ADP or online students unable to visit our center in person, online or telephone options are available.  Writing Center services, including online services, may not be available during some holidays or when day classes are not in session.. For more information on making an appointment or on our services for distance learning students including online services, please visit this website:  https://www.albright.edu/academics/wc-adp-info.html.


Disability Services

Albright College ensures that students with disabilities have equal opportunity to participate in its programs and activities, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and encourages qualified students to request reasonable accommodations. Albright College offers academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and services for qualified students through the Disability Services Office (DSO). The Disability Services Office is located on the first floor of the Administration building, between the President’s Office and the Writing Center. The office can be reached by phone at 610-929-6639 or by email at disabilityservices@albright.edu.


Questions?

If you have questions, please contact the Writing Center at writingcenter@albright.edu or (610) 921-7540. The director, Rachel Liberatore, can be reached at rliberatore@albright.edu, in her office in the Writing Center on the ground floor of the Library/Administration Building, or at (610) 921-7854.