Unblock the Writing Experience


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Unblock the Writing Experience

Do you have a hard time deciding what to write about?

Do you have trouble developing a thesis?

Have you gotten feedback on your papers asking you to more clearly develop your ideas?

This workshop will introduce you to the principles of effective writing. You will also learn some strategies for how to critically analyze information in order to more effectively write your essays and get through writer’s block

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  • These are the services offered by the Office of Academic Support. There are a variety of topics and ways in which we can assist students with their academic success. Updates are made frequently on the Academic Support @ NEC Website and resources will be available in the online community group in the ANGEL learning environment.
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  • Unblock the Writing Experience

    1. 1. Resources to help develop your writing skills and style Unblock the WritingUnblock the Writing ExperienceExperience Presented by Kate Stockton, Learning Coach at NEC
    2. 2. The Pieces of AcademicThe Pieces of Academic Rationale Essay Academic Research
    3. 3. Learning Coaches & Content Tutors • One-to-one appointments in person or via phone, e-mail, Internet, etc. • Workshops (online & onsite) • Small group assistance (online & onsite) • Online Content Area Tutoring – Smarthinking (www.esc.edu/smarthinking) Online Support •For Academic Support Information & Materials Available 24/7 Online go to http://NECacademicsupport.pbwork.com •A self-paced or credit-bearing study & resources - http://AcademicEye.pbworks.com • On Facebook - NEC Academic Support & Student Services Academic SupportAcademic Support @ NEC@ NEC Services & Resources Helping You Connect the Pieces for Academic Success
    4. 4. What is a learning coach? A learning coach is someone who provides academic support to students in one-on-one or small group settings in all areas of the writing process and related study skills strategies including time management, organization, reading efficiency, developing a study plan, goal setting, critical thinking, library research skills, note-taking, and learning styles. Sarah Spence-Staulters is located in Latham working with Schenectady & Latham/Albany students Her hours are: Mondays – 3pm- 7:30pm Wednesdays – 3:00pm-7:30pm Fridays - 9am- 4pm Contact Sarah to make an appointment : (518) 783-6203 ext 5992 or Sarah.Spence-Staulters@esc.edu ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Kate Stockton is located in Latham working with Johnstown & Latham/Albany students Her hours are: Mondays - 4:00pm-7:30pm Wednesday - 4:00pm-7:30pm Thursdays - 4:00pm-8:00pm Contact Kate to make an appointment : (518) 783-6203 ext 5992 or Kate.Stockton@esc.edu Mary Sanders-Shartle is located in Saratoga working with Saratoga & Queensbury students Her hours are: Mondays – 12pm-2pm Wednesdays – 3pm-6pm Thursdays 4pm-6pm Contact Mary to make an appointment : (518) 587-2100 ext 2827 or Mary.Sanders-Shartle@esc.edu ____________________________________________________________________ Meet the LearningMeet the Learning CoachesCoaches
    5. 5. Helping You Connect the Pieces for Academic Success A peer coachpeer coach is a current undergraduate or graduate student trained to guide and encourage other students in improving their academic performance and development as a life-long learner, focusing on general study skills, specific content-areas, navigating college resources, and developing within their Areas of Study. They work in both face-to-face and virtual environments. Peer coaches are trained under College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) international standards for peer tutors and are either volunteers, work-study, or practicum students. PPeers EEngaging as EEnergizing RResources CC enter-based & 00nline AAcademic CC ollaborative HH elpers EEnhancing SSuccess Academic Support @ NECAcademic Support @ NEC
    6. 6. AGENDAAGENDA •Academic Support - Services & ResourcesAcademic Support - Services & Resources •Learn the best way to get started with your writing assignments •Build confidence in ability to write •Become aware of writing resources •Questions?Questions? (Stop me and ask throughout) •Upcoming Workshops
    7. 7. Writers need to know… • How to get inspired & motivated • How to get started • The mechanics of writing • How to get resources
    8. 8. Get Inspired! • Talk to your instructor and classmates about your topic (start brainstorming if/when instructor discusses the assignment during class) • Visit a local library or bookstore and skim through relevant books/magazines • Search for ideas and inspiration on general search engines (google, bing, blogs, etc.) • Talk to others about your assignment and ask for their ideas and feedback • Read! But when you read ANYTHING pay attention to the writing style not just the content • Create a writing ritual in a comfortable, quiet place at a productive time
    9. 9. Why is it so hard to get started? • Pre-existing condition: writing anxiety? • The “eternal perfectionist” syndrome • Lack of experience, or lack of confidence • Not familiar with pre-writing exercises or writing resources • Procrastination – under too much time pressure and/or stress to do a good job
    10. 10. Inventor, Reader, Editor • Writer’s block is usually because the writer is engaging in more than one entity at a time • A rough draft is a writer’s best friend • You need to read your rough draft with a critical eye, compare to the expectations of the assignment • You don’t have to be the only editor! Use your resources (smarthining.com, learning coaches, peer coaches) Adapted from Elaine Handley’s “Writer’s Block” at http://www.esc.edu/esconline/across_esc/writerscomplex.nsf/3cc42a422514347a852567 1d0049f395/e3e4e891568bf8b185256a010073d22d?OpenDocument
    11. 11. Responding to the Assignment • Reaction Paper • Journal • Book Review • Synthesis • Literature Review • Argument or Persuasive • Research Paper Know what kind of assignment it is…
    12. 12. Responding to the Assignment – Analyze – Apply – Argue – Compare/Contrast – Define – Describe – Discuss – Evaluate/Critique – Interpret – React – Summarize – Synthesize What is the goal of the assignment?
    13. 13. Check out the Writer’s Complex for more help with responding to assignments The Writer’s Complex can be accessed via the Learning Support Tab
    14. 14. Knowing the Purpose & Audience • Always treat your readers with respect • For some assignments you will have to take a stand and convince your audience to agree with your point of view • Don’t make assumptions about your audience (what they already know/don’t know, what is right vs. wrong, etc.)
    15. 15. Gathering Information • Research based? – Become familiar with online library and how to ask questions • Your knowledge, insight or opinion • Understanding the text, article, topic • Will you need to interview or observe others? • Laboratory study, experiments • Keep track by using a consistent system
    16. 16. Pre-Writing Exercises • Brainstorming • Making lists • Asking questions • Re-reading the assignment expectations • Mindmapping, clustering • Creating an organized outline
    17. 17. How to Mind Map • Start by writing the topic of your assignment in the center of the page • Write subtopics around the topic and draw lines to connect • Narrow the topic down even further • Include any other pieces of information and make lines to show patterns, relationships and other connections.
    19. 19. Differences Differences Similarities Object,Event orPerson Object,Event orPerson Differences Differences Similarities Object,Event orPerson Object,Event orPerson
    20. 20. Organizing the Information • See if you can use your brainstorm or mindmap to get started • Decide how you want to organize the information • Consider the “flow” – Comparing and contrasting information – Chronologically • What stays vs. what needs to go • Complete your outline
    21. 21. Writing Keep in mind that the hard part is done! Write body first, then worry about intro & conclusion at the end Just write! Don’t worry about using fancy words or sentence structure, proper grammar YET… Keep your outline, brainstorm, mindmap nearby to consult when necessary If you get stuck, skip and move on! Read out loud as you go
    22. 22. Examples on how to create “flow” • State that you have 3 points to make, then begin paragraph with “My first point…”, etc. • Start the second paragraph by comparing/constrasting with information you discussed in the previous paragraph • Break up your essay into sections and give each section a catch phrase (think of the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert)
    23. 23. Proofreading & Editing • Read the entire paper first, make only obvious corrections • Know your own weaknesses (sentence structure, run-ons, tense problems, etc.) – use feedback from your previous papers! • Read out loud to help with flow and sentence structure • Ask others to read and ask for their ideas and input • Submit paper to www.esc.edu/smartthinking • Take a break before you read it the last time before you hand it in
    24. 24. For your next writing assignment: 1. What kind of assignment is it? 2. What is the goal of the assignment? 3. What is the topic/thesis statement? 4. Start brainstorming ideas 5. Draw a mindmap 6. Create an outline 7. Write your rough draft 8. Review and Edit
    25. 25. How to Find More Help
    26. 26. How to Find More Help
    27. 27. More Writing Resources • ESC Writing Center http://www.esc.edu/ESConline/Across_ESC/WritingResourceCenter.nsf/ho • ESC Library Online Workshops - dates and registration info on www.esc.edu/library • Research Tutorials: http://subjectguides.esc.edu/tutorials • Free online writing help - www.esc.edu/smartthinking • Writers Digest - http:// www.writersdigest.com • VisuWords - http:// www.visuwords.com • Fuel Your Writing - http://www.fuelyourwriting.com/ • Diana Hacker’s Writing Reference http://dianahacker.com/writersref • Mind Mapping Resources: http://www.buzanworld.com
    28. 28. Work Consulted: • Dobie, A. et. al. "Who, What, When, and Where of Writing Rituals." The Quarterly of The National Writing Project 24.4 (Fall 2002). 18 March 2004. <http://www.writingproject.org/pub/nwpr/quarterly/2002no4/dobie.htm l>. • Hacker, D. “A Writer’s Reference” Fifth Edition. 2003. http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/writersref6e/Player/Pages/Main.aspx
    29. 29. Please give us your feedback at: http://unblockwritingexperenceworkshop Thank you for attending tonight's workshop If you would like to view this worship again to refresh your memory or just for fun please visit: www.necacademicsupport.pbworks.com
    30. 30. Fall 2010 Workshop Schedule Sept. 20 Start the Term Right 27 Time Management 29 Start the Term Right Oct. 4 Navigating the ESC Websites 6 Critical Thinking 8 Introduction Library Skills ( 10am-11am ) 13 Navigating the ESC Websites 14 Time Management 18 Critical Thinking 20 Reading More Efficiently 25 Leveraging Your learning Style 28 Unblock the Writing Experience Nov. 1Reading more Efficiently 3 3 Introduction to Library Skills 8 Unblocking the Writing Experience 17 Stress Management 19 Time Management (10am-11am) 22 Resume and Cover Letter Writing Dec. 1Stress Management 6Ending the Term Right 8Ending the Term Right 9 Writing a Rational Essay 13Stress Management 20Resume and Cover Letter Writing