Writing Center to open satellite location in CoE Learning Center

Gail Jacky
Gail Jacky

NIU’s Writing Center, a place “to practice critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and writing communication without fear of judgment,” will open a satellite location in the College of Education’s Learning Center this fall.

Steve Builta, director of Technology Innovation and Learning Services in College of Education Technology Services, offered the space on the lower level of Gabel Hall.

“It’s a pop-up site,” Director Gail Jacky says. “We will have a room there – most of our pop-up sites are just tables – and we’ll be there two days a week. We will have a presence there from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning the third week of the fall semester.”

Jacky expects good crowds.

“We do a lot of work with College of Education students, and this makes it more convenient for them,” she says. “We spend a lot of time working with them on their teaching philosophies, their paperwork for student-teaching, their lesson plans and the actual papers they have to write.”

Headquartered in Stevenson Towers, the Writing Center logs thousands of sessions each year with undergraduates, graduate students, students-at-large, faculty and alumni – and the services go far beyond grammar, punctuation, quote integration, clarity, coherence and formatting.

computer-keysWriting coaches provide guidance on academic essays, personal statements, résumés, cover letters, websites, electronic portfolios, capstone projects, dissertations, theses, syllabi, rubrics, assignment prompts and even personal and creative writing.

Preparation for tests such as the GRE, GMAT, basic skills, SPEAK/TOFEL, CLEP and more. English Language Learners also can work to boost their abilities at the Writing Center.

Students who take advantage of the center reap the rewards on their report cards, Jacky says.

“We’ve had a few professors do some research on the students who come to the Writing Center and those who don’t, and the research shows that those who do get better grades,” she says.

“We make you better writers and more confident in what you do,” she adds. “It’s our fresh set of eyes – you know what you meant to write, but we’re reading it as an audience, and we’re helping you to clarify those ideas.”

For more information, call (815) 753-6636 or email gjacky@niu.edu.

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