The Center for Academic Excellence is comprised of the Center for Writing Excellence and the Math and Science Resource Center, as well as individual peer subject tutoring. The Center fosters collaborative learning by emphasizing the reciprocal nature of knowledge and promoting respect for the diverse talents, beliefs, and backgrounds of members of the Drew community. The services at the CAE are free to all Drew students, faculty, and staff.
Visit us in the Vivian A. Bull Academic Commons on the first floor of the University Library.
Summer 2016 Hours:
Tutoring for summer classes will be available on an as-needed basis. Students may request a tutor or inquire about availability by e-mailing CAE@drew.edu.
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“Our job is to produce better writers, not better writing.”
— Stephen North “The Idea of the Writing Center”
To view our most updated schedule and availability, visit drew.mywconline.com. After logging in, select Center for Writing Excellence from the drop down menu.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WRITING ASSISTANCE
Q: What types of writing can I bring to the CWE?
A: We can help you with any type of academic or professional writing that you are working on!
• Papers written for all CLA courses
• Honors undergraduate theses
• Theses and dissertations for Caspersen School and Theological School students
• Papers written for graduate and seminary classes
• Resumes and cover letters
• Essays and Personal Statements for graduate school applications
• Business and professional letters
• Articles for publication
• Abstracts and proposals
Q: Do I need to have something written before I come to the CWE?
A: No. Writing specialists can help you before you even start writing. They can help you interpret your assignment, brainstorm ideas, or deal with writer’s block.
Q: Can I come to the CWE to have my papers proofread or edited?
A: We are not a proofreading or editing service. The CWE’s practices reflect the belief that learning to be a more effective writer is learning to be a more effective reader of one’s own texts. If we simply “corrected” the errors on your paper, you would not learn anything and we would be interfering with your ability to take responsibility for your own work. We do support students in learning how to spot their own errors more effectively, but this is an interactive process that is broader in scope than proofreading and editing. On a case-by-case basis, we will offer instruction in grammar, usage, sentence structure, punctuation, etc.
Q: Can you help me with grammar?
A: Yes. As readers, we understand the importance of correct grammar and usage. However, every CWE session requires you to set priorities around the most important elements of your writing. Sometimes grammatical issues will be the most pressing of your concerns, but if the structure, organization, or key ideas in your work are not yet clear, then it will be best to save the fine tuning and polishing for another day and another draft—you don’t want to spend time perfecting a sentence only to decide to delete the whole thing later!
Q: Can the CWE help me correctly cite sources in my papers?
A: Absolutely! If you know which citation style you are required to use and bring in all the relevant information about your sources, we can offer guides and sources for appropriate formatting.
Q: What services does the CWE provide for students who may be non-native speakers of English?
A: We are very happy to work with ELL students. American academic writing may be quite different than the kinds of academic writing you were asked to complete in your home country. The writing specialists can help you understand the requirements of writing in your classes at Drew. They can also help you identify, understand, and/or correctly use American idioms. Writing in another language is a difficult and sometimes frustrating process, and it takes time, practice, and persistence. Your writing will improve the most if you come in repeatedly and work hard between sessions to apply what you learn in the CWE.
Q: Can I drop off a paper and pick it up later?
A: No, this would be antithetical to our core mission. The CWE serves as a discourse community centered on conversation. Both the student and the writing specialist will be asking and answering questions, reading the paper together, and engaging in a dialogue about what works and what does not. By looking for solutions together, the student maintains ownership of the paper and learns from this process of problem solving.
Peer subject tutors provide supplemental assistance with the content for specific classes. The types of help they offer is as varied as the students who attend Drew–a Spanish tutor might help a student memorize how to conjugate the to be verb while a chemistry tutor might help a student understand the relationship between two different compounds. All peer subject tutors have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and have received an A or A- in the classes for which they tutor. The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) is the primary location for tutoring sessions with limited sessions occurring in approved satellite locations around campus.
The CAE offers both group and individual tutoring, depending upon tutor availability. While we try to provide individual tutoring to all students who request it, in cases where student need is high but tutoring hours are limited, the CAE may set up group tutoring sessions. While we strive to provide peer tutors for all courses, we cannot guarantee the availability of tutors for every course.
When working with a peer subject tutor, please remember the following:
- Tutors do NOT help with take-home tests (paper or online) or quizzes (paper or online).
- Tutors will NOT give students their own work/notes to copy/turn in, or do homework for students.
- Peer tutoring can ONLY be used as supplemental assistance to understand content ALREADY covered in class.
- Tutors do NOT teach new materials a student missed from being absent in a class. For significant content-level assistance, students should talk to their professors.
- Students must come to their tutoring sessions prepared. Tutors have the right to end the session if a student has not come fully prepared with books, notes, assignments, and goals. Each student is limited to 3 hours per week per subject.
- After two “no shows,” (IE not coming to a scheduled session without prior cancellation notice) a student will lose scheduling rights and will need to meet with the Tutoring Coordinator for future sessions to be scheduled.
Students can make an appointment with a subject tutor by going to drew.mywconline.com and selecting the course in which they would like assistance from the drop down menu on the scheduling page.
The Math and Science Resource Center is currently housed in the University Library with the other components of the CAE, but will soon move to a satellite location in the Hall of Sciences!