Review the suggested resources and FAQs below as well as the tabs to the right (Groups, Documents) to get an idea of where to start.
|Locate specific topics using the navigation tabs to the right and view the resources associated with each tab.|
|Use the Ask a Coach page if you have any questions about the resources or material found within the resources.|
|Self-schedule recorded or group coaching sessions or use ASC Chat to schedule an individual session to assist you with understanding statistical concepts.|
Academic Success Center Orientation
Second Thursday, last Sunday, 1:00 p.m. PST
|Join an Academic Coach on a tour of the Academic Success Center (ASC) where you will learn what services are available to assist you with developing skills in written communication and quantitative reasoning. The Academic Coach will discuss the types of coaching available in the ASC, and you will practice how to schedule an appointment. After discussing ASC Chat and LibAnswers, you will understand the importance of using those resources whenever you have a question. The tour will also include demonstrations to assist you with understanding how to create a Grammarly and Academic Writer account. The ASC Orientation is recommended for any student who wants to understand our tiers of service and how the ASC can support you in achieving your academic goals. Follow this link to reserve your seat in this session https://ncu.mywconline.com. Click here for assistance with scheduling.|
Sunday 9:00 am PST
|This interactive round table will provide an opportunity for you to address your concerns with and questions about scholarly writing. You will be provided with resources, so you are able to continue developing your scholarly voice after the session. There will be discussions over topics such as, scholarly voice, concise writing, and writing guidelines. Interactive practice opportunities will be provided to help you develop your unique scholarly voice. You are encouraged to attend this group session whenever you have questions about scholarly writing or want to brush up on your scholarly writing skills. Follow this link to reserve your seat in this session https://ncu.mywconline.com. Click here for assistance with scheduling.|
Mechanics Drive-In: Building Strong Writing
Wednesday 6:00 p.m. PST
|Do you ever feel as if you are all alone while trying to learn the language of academic writing? The Mechanics Drive-In will take the mystery out of academic writing in a supportive small group setting. Through guided practice and discussion, students will develop an understanding of the academic writing process. Students will practice the structures of academic writing, including but not limited to sentence structure, transitions, paragraph and section development, and building a thesis statement. Follow this link to reserve your seat in this session: https://ncu.mywconline.com. Click here for assistance with scheduling.|
Some Prewriting Strategies
Thinking: Read the assignment and think about the requirements. What do you need to know? Do you have questions? Are there areas of the topic you want to explore further? Thinking is a critical first step to begin to narrow down your topic and decide what you want to write about specifically.
Questioning: Goes hand-in-hand with thinking. If your topic is Academic Success, then you may have some of the following questions:
Questioning helps you begin to generate interest about a specific topic and allows you to begin to see what areas to explore further.
Freewriting: Is a great way to get all initial ideas out on a page. Ignore your internal editor at this stage and just freewrite all ideas without focusing on grammar, spelling, and organization—that will come later.
Listing: If freewriting is difficult for you, then listing may be the way to go. With listing, write down any information that may be pertinent to the topic. You do not need to be the list in any particular order at first. A next step would be to begin to group pieces of the list that you feel are logically related.
Clustering/Mapping: Clustering or Mapping is a great way to prewrite for the visual learner. This is also another way to use the listing technique above to help you begin to find how the list pieces are logically related. To cluster, start with the main topic and then branch off with sub-topics and supporting details for the sub-topics. See the cluster that illustrates the writing process below.
Outlining: Is related to both listing and clustering and can be a great way to continue to organize thoughts after one or both of these techniques or you may move from thinking/questioning or even from freewriting to this technique. Outlining allows you to see the organization of the paper and to begin to build the structure of the paper. Review the Outlining guide right below this page (use tabs on the left) for more information.
Some Writing Strategies
Some Strategies to Accept and Apply Feedback
When revising, use a similar funnel approach as when writing and start with the big picture then end with smaller details.
Use the steps above to develop a process that works for you to review your document. This process may be done in several “shifts,” which is recommended to avoid getting tired and not catching issues. If you need assistance with developing a revision process that works for you, sign up for an individual session with a writing coach by using the ASC Chat (hours listed on the left of this page).
Fine-tuning through editing and proofreading comes after revising.
For specific strategies on editing and proofreading, see, “Helpful Tips to Edit and Proofread” on the Editing Resources page.