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Writing resources all around!

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Did you know that there are many free resources on campus to help you with your writing? When you feel stuck writing, having someone else review your paper can help you to figure out what areas you may need to improve on.

The University Reading and Writing Center

100_1020The primary goal of the University Reading and Writing Center (URWC) is to provide encouraging, focused, and non-judgmental one-to-one tutorials in reading and writing for any undergraduate or graduate student at Sac State.

Some of the specific areas that they can help you with are writing processes, grammar and editing, research processes and source citing, help with writing a thesis or project, and writing resume and cover letters.

Located in Calaveras 128, you can drop by to make regular weekly standing appointments for the semester or can visit during their designated drop-in hours, 2:00-4:00 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

More information can be found at www.csus.edu/writingcenter/

Smarthinking Online

Maybe you are too busy to stop by the writing center, no need to worry, Sac State has a great new solution for you. Smarthinking is a new tool housed inside your SacCT. Smarthinking provides an online writing center, where you can have your work reviewed by a real person within 24 hours. Once you submit to the essay center, you can choose two areas for your reader to focus on, which may include the main idea, content development, introduction, grammar and mechanics, or use of resources.

PrintEach critique includes the writing tutor’s comments inserted within the student assignment and a Response Form detailing additional feedback. Smarthinking writing tutors address students writing issues, targeting higher-order issues (such as content and thesis development) as well as lower-order concerns (such as grammar and mechanics). They do not edit or correct student work.

It is really easy to use. We found the notes to be helpful, but probably not as detailed as they would be if you went to the Writing Center on campus. This is a great option for students who are looking for broad areas of improvement and another set of eyes, before they turn in their paper.

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