Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Why Do You Need the Writing Center?

The Writing Center is a great place that is nestled within the Academic Services wing in Curtis Hall, room 103.  Writing consultants are ready and willing to help students with their essays and other assignments, there are comfy armchairs, and coffee and teas to drink.
             Okay, maybe our coffee isn't as pretty as the picture above, but it does have caffeine. 

Many students do not take advantage of this incredible service.  Why do YOU need to visit the writing center?

1.  Perhaps you have always written well, and you have decent grades.  You may not think you need help with your writing.  Even the best writers need editors to review their work and help them to become stronger.  The consultants are ready and willing to help you find the strengths and weaknesses you have in your academic writing so you can go from decent grades to excellent grades.

2.  Freshmen may have done well in high school, and many are prepared to tackle a college level essay, but sometimes the expectations of college level academic work can be overwhelming.  Writing consultants can help you hone your writing skills so you can excel in your first year essays.

3.  Many students come to Cedar Crest later in their life as SAGE students.  This can be difficult when it has been years since you last took a class, and the expectations may have changed since that time.  The writing consultants can bring you up to speed and get you ready to find success in your writing assignments.  The Writing Center realizes the complex schedules you may keep, and offer a variety of times to schedule appointments.

4.  Even the strongest writer can become predictable, or have a writing crutch that may stand out to a professor.  This can impact your grade.  It never hurts to have someone else look over your papers to pick up on the little things that are easily missed.

5.  The semester can get crazy when you have multiple papers due and midterms or finals looming over you.  This leads to a lack of sleep, feeling overwhelmed, and making simple mistakes you would not normally make.  Writing consultants can help you when you are overwhelmed by catching mistakes.  If you come to us early on, we can even help you with your brainstorming, and how best to organize your work.

6.  Cedar Crest is proud of its diversity, but for students who come to us from other countries, the transition can be difficult.  Whether English is your second language or not, the writing styles and expectations may differ.  There are so many other stresses that come from acclimating to another culture, let us help you with the writing.

The Writing Center is here to cater to all Cedar Crest College students, and it can help you reach your writing potential.  As the new semester begins, please come see us, sign up to make appointments, and join our Facebook page.  We can't wait to get to know you!


  1. A writing center is always help us in essay writing, improve the paraphrase. An taught us about writing and how to paraphrase a sentence

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