Writing Assistance

The RCLC provides writing support for students enrolled in non-English Department courses across the curriculum that require written assignments.  Writing Assistance aids students in developing papers for classes across the curriculum and beyond. Students meet with a professional staff member or writing assistant one-on-one to develop skills in writing and organization. 

Students seeking writing assistance in English Composition courses, such as, English 99, 101 or 102, or courses offered by the English Department should visit the English Writing and Design Lab for help at  http://wdl.camden.rutgers.edu/.  RCLC Writing Assistants do not assit students with assignments for English Composition courses, but instead work with students on writing assignments in mid to upper level courses that require written work to be submitted for grades.

Students interested in making an appointment with an RCLC Writing Assistant may do so by visiting our online scheduler here.  Appointments are made in 1 hour blocks. Students should either bring a writing sample to their appointment or be ready to discuss his/her ideas about the paper.

Real Time Live Online Tutoring
The RCLC is testing a real time online tutoring system using the Big Blue Button software in the Spring 2013 term. Students are now able to receive individual one on one Writing Assistance without having to physically be at the Learning Center. Students interested in receiving online tutoring can sign up for a session through our online tutoring appointment scheduler and select Online Tutoring as the subject area.  Next select Writing Assistance and make an appointment with our Writing Assistant.

Once an appointment is set up students will just login to the session at the Accutrack login page a few minutes before their scheduled appointment time and follow the prompts to enter the live online session.  Students will need a computer with a web camera, microphone and speakers to fully utilize the service. A recently purchased lap top computer will have these features and enable the student to receive real in person tutoring without having to be on campus.

Services for ESL Learners

The RCLC has an on staff Writing Assistant for English as a Second Language Students.  Make an appointment with Writing Assistant Deena Elgenaidi for writing assistance if you are a student for which English is a second language online.

Writing Assistance involves, but is not limited to:

  • Assisting students throughout the writing process in developing and organizing ideas, finding a focus in a draft, writing drafts and revising.
  • Using MLA, APA, and Chicago writing styles.
  • Writing an argument, research paper or about literature.
  • Taking essay exams.
  • Personal statements for graduate school.
  • Learning proper reference citations and paraphrasing.
  • Developing main points, making writing concise, and synthesizing resource materials.
  • Grammar and sentence skills (e.g., subject-verb agreement, avoiding fragments and run-ons, punctuation, etc.).

Writing Assistance does NOT involve:

  • Proofreading.
  • Editing.
  • Helping students "do research".
  • "Last minute" assistance.

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