News & Notes from the Reading/Writing Center

Welcome Back; We’ve Moved!

That’s right… the RWC has moved up in the world (or, least, in the new Center for Student Life). Come see our new space on the newly renovated 4th floor near OSA and the new library computer lab. (So much “new”!)

Our regular hours are Monday – Thursday, 10-4 and 7-9, Friday 10-2:30, and Sunday 7-9. See you soon!

Workshop: Know Your Way Around MLA

Know Your Way Around MLA

Sunday, January 13, from 6:00-6:45 pm in Westerlin Lounge.

Reading/Writing Center tutors will provide useful tips on how to format MLA-style essays, use citations to establish credibility, and recognize and avoid plagiarism.

FREE Hungry Hobo subs and hot chocolate will be served, courtesy of RHA!

See you there!


RWC open for “business” Sunday, January 6th

Tutors are available, as usual, from 7-9 this Sunday. Stop by to have them look over a paper you’ve written or for help with reading or studying strategies.

Our weekly hours during the term are:

Sun: 7 – 9 pm

Mon – Thu: 10 am – 4 pm and 7 – 9 pm

Fri: 10 am – 2:30 pm

See you soon!


Workshop: Effective Group Presentations

Tuesday, December 4th, from 4:30pm – 5:00pm outside the Reading/Writing Center.

Our tutors will present useful tips on how to effectively contribute as group members to a project, deliver a group presentation as a unified team, and use PowerPoint or Prezi to enhance your presentation. Snacks will be provided.

If you have a group presentation coming up for LSFY 102 or another class, why not attend as a group and afterward spend some time in the library working on it?

(This is the first of two Off-Center Workshops winter term brought to you by the Reading/Writing Center. The second, Know Your Way Around MLA, will be held Sunday, January 13th.)


A Peer Tutor’s Perspective

It’s a Friendly Place… I Promise!

(by sophomore peer tutor Rukmini Girish)

So the big news for me this week is that I completed my first tutoring sessions. I’m a tutor at the Reading/Writing Center (2nd floor of the Tredway Library for those of you who don’t know where it is), and I tutored two amazing students on Tuesday. For obvious confidentiality reasons, I’m not going to talk about the actual sessions, but I am going to try and persuade you that the RWC isn’t a mean, scary place.

Going to any sort of “tutoring” center automatically has a stigma attached to it. If you have to be tutored, you’re not doing well enough, there’s something wrong with you. Not true at all! The RWC is a place for everyone. You can come in to brainstorm ideas about a paper, go over a first draft if you’re having trouble organizing, even just talk about time management with a tutor. You can come in for five minutes with a specific question, or you can come in for half an hour (the usual length of a session) to talk about an entire assignment.

What’s great about the RWC, in my opinion, is that most tutors are students just like you. We’ve all felt overwhelmed or unsure or angry with a grade or frustrated that a paper just isn’t flowing. And we’re not experts. If you come in and ask me how to cite a specific issue of a magazine in the Chicago style, the odds are that I won’t know the answer off the top of my head. But I can direct you to resources, like the Purdue OWL and various books on citation that we have in the RWC and we can figure out the answer together. I guarantee that in a tutoring session, the tutor learns almost as much as you do. And if we still can’t figure out the answer, we’ll go and ask one of the faculty tutors and figure it out with them.

We learn best when we talk, after all. As a first-year, especially, you don’t have to be perfect. You’re still adjusting to life away from home while trying to handle a workload that’s much larger than the one you were used to in high school. That’s tough, I’ve done it. But at the RWC, we’re here to help, so come pay us a visit!


Workshop: Writing Personal Statements

Tuesday, October 2nd, at 5:30pm in Olin 208 — pizza provided!

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If you are planning to apply for graduate school your personal statement will be a powerful part of your application! Learn the qualities of an effective personal statement and how to get started. Appropriate for all class levels.


Workshop: Studying for Tests (and even midterms!)

Sunday, September 9 from 4:00 to 4:30 in Olin 201.

Come hear about and try out some new strategies for studying tough subjects. Who knows–you may find a new favorite method to help you crush those midterms! We’ll even provide candy and a snack to help keep your blood sugar up as you go hit the books.

See you there!

Workshop: LSFY Readings Deciphered

Wednesday, September 5 from 4:00-4:30 just outside of the RWC.

Come discuss and do hands-on activities with annotating, summarizing, and deciphering difficult readings such as those in your LSFY class. Snacks will be provided.

This is the second of three Off-Center Workshops presented this term by the Reading/Writing Center. The third workshop (Studying for Tests–and even Midterms!) will be held Sunday, September 9 at 4:00pm in Olin 201.

See you there!


Summer Reading: Modern Classics

Looking for a good book this summer? RWC staff recently put together a list of 20th century English language must-reads. Take a look, and if you have anything to add (or contest), do leave us a comment.

British novels:

  • Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness (1902)*
  • Golding, William. Lord of the Flies (1954)*
  • Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Remains of the Day (1989)*
  • Forster, E. M. A Passage to India (1924)
  • Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World (1932)
  • Orwell, George. 1984 (1949)

American novels:

  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby (1925)*
  • Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)*
  • Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)*
  • London, Jack. The Call of the Wild (1903)
  • Anderson, Sherwood. Winesburg, Ohio (1919)
  • Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms (1929)
  • Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying (1930)
  • Wright, Richard. Native Son (1940)
  • Spillane, Mickey. One Lonely Night (1951)
  • Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
  • O’Connor, Flannery. Wise Blood (1952)
  • Kesey, Ken. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962)
  • Pirsig, Robert. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974)
  • King, Stephen. The Stand (1978)
  • Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game (1985)
  • Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club (1989)
  • Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989)
  • Lowry, Lois. The Giver (1993) and Gathering Blue (2000)

American drama:

  • Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie (1945)*
  • Miller, Arthur. The Crucible (1952)
  • Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun (1959)

* Selected by more than one person

Finals week hours + tunes!

The RWC will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of finals week from 10:00am to 2:00pm, after which we will close until fall term. Stop by or call (794-8987) to make an appointment soon; they’re going fast.

Looking ahead, the last chance to see our very own Band of Tutors (aka The Grass-Fed Kids) for the foreseeable future will be this Friday at 8:00pm at Rozz-Tox in Rock Island (2108 3rd Ave.) Peer tutors Jaron Gaier and Maggie Hayes are graduating, meaning that the band will be on indefinite hiatus.  Stop by on your way out of town or to celebrate a year well-spent.