News & Notes from the Reading/Writing Center

Quotes from the Tutor’s Desk

With midterms wrapping up and now being as busy as a time as ever in both student’s lives and in The Reading/Writing Center, now seems to be a good time for a lighthearted read.  In this blog, we’ll be highlighting current and past tutors!

Dating back many years, there have been journals at the Reading/Writing Center desk for tutors to communicate in. Entries range from inspirational quotes, to casual conversation, to weird jokes.  We’re going to pull some of the best quotes from these journals and share them with you!

I don’t know, but I feel I (and my dirty laundry) have rights to it! – Farah Marklevits in response to a quarter that had been floating around the RWC, 1998. (On a sidenote, Farah is also our newest faculty staff at the Reading/Writing Center!)

Have some butter. Butter.  It’s what for dinner.  – Anonymous, but possibly Farah again, 1998.

If and when I go trick or treating, I am most certainly going as Napoleon Dynamite.  I used to wear glasses like him and I don’t have a brain so I thought it would be a perfect match. – J. Branch, 2005

“Omit needless words.  Vigorous writing is concise.  A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences.  This is for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.”  – Cindy quoting William Strunk Jr., 2005

Few things are more beautiful that being told you’ve helped. – Leah, 2009

I made spaghetti with butter then watched Law & Order.  Let’s swap lives for a week, ok? – Gary, 2010 (Butter is a recurring them).

Question posed: “If you could only write three words ever, what would they be”?
Some answers:
“It was enough.” – Anonymous quoting Virginia Woolf.
“You’re doing fine.” – Chase.
“I love food” – Ana

It should be a mic drop. – Marjie on concluding statements, 2017


For Your Information, FYI-103 Students

The Reading/Writing Center is here to help with any part of the writing process.  Many people believe that we just help fix the final product or the transition from a rough draft to a final draft.  While we are more than happy to help with that, the line isn’t drawn there!  This could be anywhere from having a prompt and no clue what to do with it, to having a perfect paper that you just want a second pair of eyes to look at. The RWC can help you out with any point in the process.  This is especially helpful during the FYI-103 final research paper.

As many of you may or may not know, there is a ten page research paper that is part of the FYI-103 process.  This is going to sound cliche, but it’s never too early to begin writing this paper.  Seriously.  This is not something you want to wait until week nine or week ten to begin. The amount of research alone is too much to do in two weeks, much less writing ten pages.  Even if you only have a vague idea of what you want to write about, or no idea at all, you can come into the RWC and we can start brainstorming and grafting out ideas with you.  Having the idea will also make you more inspired to want to write, as opposed to just thinking, “Well I have to have a paper at some point”.

This goes for literally any point in the writing process.  No matter how much or how little you have prepared, we’re here to help and also want to help.  It might seem early, but trust me and all of the peer tutors in here, it’s definitely not. All you need is a prompt or idea, and we can get you rolling.

Finals Week Tutoring Info

If you need help with a paper for finals week, the Reading/Writing Center will be open with limited hours!  Spots will fill fast, so make sure you register as quickly as possible.  Whether the paper is due in an hour or a few days, we will do our best to help you with it.

Also, don’t think this is only for first-year FYI classes!  No matter what class you’re in or what year you are, the RWC will be your second pair of eyes!  Our finals week hours will be posted below.  Go to Starfish to schedule an appointment.  Happy Finals Week!

Monday 2/13

10:00am –  2:00pm

8:00 – 10:00pm

Tuesday 2/14

10:00am – 2:00pm

8:00 – 10:00pm

Wednesday 2/15

10:00am – 2:00pm


Not Just in 423

The Reading/Writing Center is part of the Augustana Learning Commons, which are located right behind The Brew. Our room is specifically located in Gerber (CSL) 423.  We have a cozy room with some of the most comfortable chairs you will ever sit in (I’m currently in one right now).  Our faculty tutors, Lucas Street, Virginia Johnson, and Jake Romaniello, all have their own offices.  We have a few tables set up for tutoring and book shelves filled with helpful tidbits of knowledge. If you pick the right day, there may also be some snacks waiting in here for you.  Sound pretty cozy, right? Well we bring that coziness throughout campus!

The RWC is not just trapped inside of our room. We often have different activities going on throughout campus.  We host workshops throughout the year where we focus on different strategies for effectively doing homework and studying.  The most recent one was September 11th.  It focused on Active Reading and how to apply strategies for it into different types of majors.  Our next workshop will be this Sunday, September 25th, at 7:00 pm.  You can find us in the Andreen Basement where we’ll be giving tips on editing and revising papers.  You can bring your own paper that will be revised on the spot!  If that’s not enough, there will also be free Noodles and Company!

The RWC can also sometimes be seen at different events in relation with the Learning Commons.  The Learning Commons are made up of The Reading/Writing Center and Student Success Services, with our neighbors being The Office of Multicultural Student Life and The Office of International Student Life.  There is a large focus on improving learning skills in this little nook, whether it be through tutoring, helping ESL students, practicing study skills, or anything of the like.  This makes it easy for a student to come and get help with any sort of class they need, whether it be in science, English, accounting, or literally anything else.  Keep an eye out for many Learning Common, OMSL, and OISL events that will be coming up in the future!

And, if you need any more incentive, at the end of the term the Learning Commons will be giving away a free $25 gift card.  The more Learning Commons workshops you attend, the better chance you have at winning!

So, while one-on-one sessions are the specialty of the Reading/Writing Center, that’s not the only place you can find us!  If you ever attend a workshop or any other Learning Commons event, don’t be afraid to later stop by and see us in 423!

Don’t worry, it’s scary for us too!

Hi everyone!  My name is Daniel Williams, I’m a sophomore English and Secondary Education major, and I’m a new tutor at the Reading/Writing Center!  I’m just finishing up my second week at the RWC.  So far it’s been very enjoyable. I’ve had a few sessions and I’m really happy with the way they’ve gone.  Everyone working in the RWC is incredibly nice, so I didn’t even have to worry about taking time to feel at home.  I’m looking forward to working here the next three years!  Oh and one other thing:

It’s somewhat terrifying.

Looking at your peers homework and attempting to help them with it?  Holy cow.  You never know who might walk in, what sort of assignment they’ll have, if they’ll be hard workers or not, if their assignment is due in 15 minutes and they want you to fix it (because that actually does happen), etc. etc. etc.

But hey, no one has ever died in the Reading Writing Center!  And no one ever will.  Is it nerve-wracking to tutor your peers?  Most definitely.  Is it worth it once you know you’ve helped them?  Most definitely!

All of us working in here know that coming to get help on your work can be a scary thing.  It takes guts to walk through the door and schedule an appointment.  But just know that it can be tough for us too.  However, I can already tell that sessions will just get easier and less scary the longer I’m working here.  The same is true for students coming in to get help with their work.  Coming in the first time is scary.  The second time getting help is probably scary too.  But if you make it a routine, it will get easier to cross that threshold into the RWC every time.

And hey, do you know what else is scary? Not doing very well on an assignment that you know you could have gotten help on.

So overcome those fears, just like the peer tutors are, and stop in and see us at some point!

Come on in!

Have a paper you’re working on? A tough course reading you’d like to discuss? Reading/Writing Center tutors are here to help! Stop by during our open hours to make an appointment or see if anyone is available to help you right then and there. You can also request our help via Starfish. See you soon!

RWC closed for the summer; see you in fall!

Welcome Back; We’ve Moved!

That’s right… the RWC has moved up in the world (or, least, in the new Center for Student Life). Come see our new space on the newly renovated 4th floor near OSA and the new library computer lab. (So much “new”!)

Our regular hours are Monday – Thursday, 10-4 and 7-9, Friday 10-2:30, and Sunday 7-9. See you soon!

Workshop: Know Your Way Around MLA

Know Your Way Around MLA

Sunday, January 13, from 6:00-6:45 pm in Westerlin Lounge.

Reading/Writing Center tutors will provide useful tips on how to format MLA-style essays, use citations to establish credibility, and recognize and avoid plagiarism.

FREE Hungry Hobo subs and hot chocolate will be served, courtesy of RHA!

See you there!


RWC open for “business” Sunday, January 6th

Tutors are available, as usual, from 7-9 this Sunday. Stop by to have them look over a paper you’ve written or for help with reading or studying strategies.

Our weekly hours during the term are:

Sun: 7 – 9 pm

Mon – Thu: 10 am – 4 pm and 7 – 9 pm

Fri: 10 am – 2:30 pm

See you soon!