Study: Writing center improves writing

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Students can receive assistance with résumés.

By David M. Jimenez

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Whether it’s writing for an essay or for personal interests, the writing center helps students generate ideas and overcome problems such as writer’s block.

Charles Crowley, student support administrator at the writing center and information technology professional, said he wants to help students become better writers.

“It’s essential for students to develop writing skills,” Crowley said. “It’s a lifelong skill. It is important to them as citizens, consumers and as workers in their daily lives.”

The writing center’s tutors have received certification through the College Reading and Learning Association. The CRLA is a group of student writing and reading professionals who implement advanced strategies to improve learning.

The tutors help students make their writing flow properly. They also help with school presentations, check class papers and proofreading. They aid in creating résumés and assist with scholarship essays.

“Here we don’t assist too much on punctuation and grammar but rather, the larger focus is on writing,” Crowley said.

The writing center is not only for English majors or students learning English as a second language, it’s a place for all students to advance their writing skills. It is equipped with the latest software to meet the students’ writing needs.

The center is in Room 203 of Gonzales Hall. The fall hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.

For more information or to schedule a tutoring appointment, call 210-486-1433.

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