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Meet Our Writing Center Coaches!
Good Day! I’m Ryan, a new writing coach here at the Academic Success Center.
The outdoors holds a strong draw for me, whether it be exercising or recreation, I belong outside. I’m an old fart, as far as college age goes. I’ve done a lot of translating my own nonsense and disorganization into quality, engaging pieces. I believe the written word is one of the most impactful form of expression available to a person. I’ve done everything from federal documents and scientific synthesis to poetry and short stories. I’m happy to help and excited to help you become your best writer possible.
Life is hard… Writing should make it easy!
Hi, I’m Rocco. I am a senior in the Fish and Wildlife program here at Paul Smith’s College. I enjoy hunting, hiking, spending time in nature and hanging out with friends. A large portion of my academic career has been spent researching questions to further my education of the natural world, and translating that to concise writing. This process can be overwhelming sometimes, so if you need some help, come down to the writing center and we can get you on track!
Hey PSC people! My name is Audrey and this is my second year as a Writing Coach. I am a senior in Wildlife Sciences and I love being outside. Some of my favorite activities are Nordic skiing, hiking, hunting, fishing, and drawing. I am most familiar with scientific writing but love to learn other writing styles through helping students in need. Come see me for any of your assignments or just to hang out in the Writing Center!
Hey, I’m Nate. I’m a Natural Resources Conservation and Management major here at Paul Smith’s. I am very interested in protecting the environment and keeping people from destroying the fragile ecosystems we live among. I enjoy doing literally anything as long as it’s outside. Come see me in the writing center if you need any help with your assignments!
Meet the Writing Center Staff!
Hey, I’m Roxie. I have been at Paul Smith’s College since 1990. I was here in the nineties, helped when PSC instituted a Writing Center—and have watched it grow ever since! My varied instructional experience includes teaching people from very young ages to adult. I have taught English grammar, composition, and literature to high school and college students and have taught students with emotional, developmental, and learning disabilities. As a learning specialist, I help students with a disability reach their potential using accommodations and other services at Paul Smith’s College. As a reading therapist, I provide assessment services and effective treatment and intervention to students of all ages and levels of reading achievement. My main interest is in the area of universal access to education. Many people need to adjust the activities required to learn and to demonstrate what they learned. It is my desire to help professors and students make those adjustments, so any student can access their education as easily as any other student.
Howdy! I’m Sara Rose. I work with the PSC Writing Center as our college’s faculty liaison. I’m a recent graduate who enjoys reading and writing on just about anything! I’m infatuated by the mountains, sustainable agriculture, and our school’s team of draft horses. I love making connections between food, farming, people, and writing. And I especially enjoy teaching people about these subjects. I play the bagpipes, own a red-tick coonhound & beagle puppy, and you can find me around campus usually drinking copious amounts of black coffee out of my mustard-yellow thermos. I am currently reading Charles Bukowski, “The Days Run Away like Wild Horses over the Hill,” and Stephen Leslie’s, “Horse-Powered Farming for the 21st Century.” Feel free to come find me in the writing center or at the school barn anytime!
Howdy all! My name is Thompson, and I’m a recent graduate of Paul Smith’s from the FWS program. This year I will be working as the S.I. Two Instructor in the writing center, as well as an instructor for FYS and the Lead Naturalist at the PSC VIC! I spend lots of time hiking around the Adirondacks, working with the PSC Pride club, and assisting with instruction for biology courses. I’m absolutely batty for bats, and hope to enroll in graduate school to study forest ecosystems and the benefits of chiropterans as pollinators. I love working with students and co-workers to develop educational programs, and offering professional reading and writing assistance. I have lots of experience with both scientific and creative writing, and love brainstorming! I am in the writing center Monday through Thursday, so stop by for help with any of your assignments.
Why drop in?
Develop and organize ideas
Strengthen basic writing skills
Eliminate wordiness and redundancy
Expand a draft
Develop punctuation skills
Improve sentence structures
Our coaches, who are either faculty members or peer tutors, can help you develop as a writer.
What you need to bring: The assignment, any drafts you’ve started, ideas, and willingness to learn. Make sure to leave time to make revisions before the assignment is due.
StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.
We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.
Writing Papers of Literary Analysis
Grammar Explanations and Exercises
Capital Community College
Blue Book of Grammar & Punctuation
Common Word Errors
Modern Language Association
The Internet Public Library
The Quotation Page
Grossmont College Library Reference Tools
Grammar and Style Guidelines
Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
The Elements of Style
Refdesk’s Grammar, Usage, and Style
LabWrite by NCSU
Crafting Ideas for a Paper
Interpreting the Assignment
Techniques for Brainstorming Ideas
Revising and Restructuring Drafts
Varying Sentence Patterns
Understanding Passive Voice
Improving Word Choice