Metro Writing Studio

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Metro Writing Studio will be open for virtual tutoring during the fall semester beginning August 30th until December 6th, 2021.   Virtual hours of operation are Mondays 11:00 am-6:00 pm, Tuesdays 10:00 am – 5:00 PM,  Wednesdays 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Thursdays 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, Fridays 10:00 am – 4 pm, and Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 PM. The Studio will open on Tuesdays for in-person tutoring from 10:00 am – 2:00 PM and from 1:00 – 5:00 pm.  Please follow the directions listed below for accessing in-person tutoring, or scheduling a virtual session.  

Please see the schedule below and contact via email the support services team member depending on the day you wish to receive tutoring. If you have any questions regarding our services, please contact Julia Wagner, Director @ jawagner@fdu.edu.

One of the top academic priorities of the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University is to graduate students who are competent and confident writers. To advance this goal, the Campus Writing Initiative, an innovative, comprehensive, campus-wide commitment to student writing, was adopted. The Metro Writing Studio supports the Campus Writing Initiative and reinforces the philosophy of the Writing Program.

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Tutoring Schedule

THE METRO WRITING STUDIO IS OPEN FOR VIRTUAL TUTORING

For any student, faculty, or staff member in need of tutoring services, please check the schedule below and based on the day and time of your request, email the appropriate contact person. Once you have contacted the Studio Support Team via email, you will be directed to the appropriate tutor scheduled for that day.

NOTE: Our free tutoring is available to all FDU students, faculty, and staff with a valid ID. No tutoring is available on Saturdays.

  Monday 11- 6 Tuesday 10 – 5 Wednesday 11 – 6 Thursday
10am – 7pm
Friday
10am – 4pm
Sunday 1 – 5
Drop-in J.Adams D.Simons J.Adams  T.Gibson I.Konstandinis  
  11:00-3:00 10:00 – 2:00 11:00 – 3:00 10:00 – 2:00 10:00 – 2:00 PM  
    (in-person)       T. Gibson
          R.Moskowitz 1:00-5:00 PM 
  R. Chavious R. Chavious H.Kuttner J.Veach 12:00 – 4:00   
  12:00 – 4:00  11:00 -3:00 12:00 – 4:00 12:00 – 4:00    
             
    Y.Shekhtman J. Horna   D. Simons Y.Shekhtman  
  H.Kuttner 2:00- 7:00  1:00-5:00 PM 2:00- 6:00  1:30 – 4:00   
  12:00- 4:00          
    T.Gibson   R. Chavious     
    1-5:00 R. Moskowitz 3:00 -7:00    
  T. Gibson  (in-person) 2:00 – 6:00      
  2:00 – 6:00          
Appointment            

Please note that schedules subject to change.

Email Julia Wagner, Director, at jawagner@fdu.edu for further assistance with services at the studio. 

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Workshop Schedule: FALL 2021 VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

These free workshops are open to all FDU students, faculty, and staff. No registration is required to attend; however, you will need to email the appropriate graduate assistant located under each workshop in order to register and connect to the virtual presentation. Consult Metro Writing Studio website at https://www.fdu.edu/academics/colleges-schools/becton/literature/metro-writing-studio/ or email Julia Wagner, Director, at jawagner@fdu.edu for more information about the workshops and the tutoring services offered at the Metro Writing Studio.

In addition, for a full list of Giovatto Library Workshops and how to access them, see the link: 

 https://fdu.libcal.com/calendar/metro/?cid=12451&t=d&d=0000-00-00&cal=12451,12425,12300,13729&inc=0

Registration information: Contact the email 10 minutes prior to presentation times.

Introduction to APA Format

September 7th (T)

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

ZOOM Presentation

Danielle DesFosses will cover the basics of APA formatting, commonly used to cite sources in academic writing, and guide students through practice   exercises. This workshop will be repeated on October 20th. Registration: contact the following email 10 minutes prior to the start of this workshop.  

Registration Contact:  Sayali- s.chinchole707@student.fdu.edu

MEETING ID: 951 9449 7283

PASSCODE: w1g8JE

Introduction to MLA 9th Edition Format

September 13th  (M)    

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

ZOOM Presentation

Yelena Shekhtman will introduce and review the changes in the new 9th edition of MLA format for students. Registration:  contact the following email 10 minutes prior to the start of this workshop.

Registration Contact: Sayali- s.chinchole707@student.fdu.edu

MEETING ID: 968 2338 4947

PASSCODE: qS7Ax4

Technical Communications Basics:  Lab Reports and More

September 13th (M)

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

ZOOM Presentation

Helen Kuttner will instruct students how to write clear and precise lab reports, and she will provide tips for writing the important business and technical documents engineering students need for success in their internships and careers.  Registration: contact the following email 10 minutes prior to this presentation.

Registration Contact:  Parisha-  p.patel283@student.fdu.edu

MEETING ID: 724 0600 8718

PASSCODE: V0HxDx

Essential Spoken English for International Students

 September 21 st (T)   

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

 ZOOM Presentation

Culled from Professor Paul Caruso’s teaching experiences abroad, this participatory workshop will help international students improve their English conversation skills in the classroom and among their peers. Registration:  contact the following email 10 minutes prior to the start of this workshop. Registration Contact:  Parisha- p.patel283@student.fdu.edu

MEETING ID: 733 3403 9924

PASSCODE: ZQs6jZ

Writing in the Sciences

September 22nd (W)

5:30 PM– 7:00 PM

ZOOM Presentation

Helen Kuttner will introduce skills specific to scientific writing as well as the additional writing support available through the Metro Writing Studio for such writing. Registration information:  contact the following email 10 minutes prior to the start of this workshop.

Registration Contact: Parisha –  p.patel283@student.fdu.edu

MEETING ID: 781 8100 6933

PASSCODE: Dr46LJ

Creating the Works Cited List

September 27th (M)

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

ZOOM Presentation

Yelena Shekhtman will lead this workshop designed for those who are familiar with the basics of MLA parenthetical citation; she will focus on how to create the works cited list. Registration:  please contact the following email 10 minutes prior to your workshop.

Registration Contact: Sayali-s.chinchole707@student.fdu.edu

MEETING ID: 932 4880 1914

PASSCODE: 8VAyfW

Getting it Done

September 29th (W)

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

ZOOM Presentation

Paul Caruso will lead this presentation on how to use the Giovatto Library to access resources for your research papers.  Registration:  please contact the following email 10 minutes prior to your workshop.

Registration Contact: Sanjana – sanjana28@student.fdu.edu

MEETING ID: 996 4576 7062

PASSCODE: 486268

Writing the Master’s Thesis

October 6th (W)

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

ZOOM Presentation

Paul Caruso will first explain what writing a Master’s thesis encompasses before guiding you through the steps needed to organize, write and complete your Master’s thesis using project management strategies. Registration:  please contact the following email 10 minutes prior to your workshop.

Registration Contact: Sanjana  – sanjana28@student.fdu.edu

MEETING ID: 983 6127 6969

PASSCODE: 826907

Advanced APA Format

October 6th (W)

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

ZOOM Presentation

Designed for those who know the basics of APA, this workshop, presented by Helen Kuttner, will offer a brief APA overview before launching into more complicated citation issues. A question and answer period will follow for your specific APA Format questions. This workshop will be repeated on Wednesday, November 3rd from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM. Registration:  please contact the following email 10 minutes prior to your workshop:

Registration Contact: Sanjana – sanjana28@student.fdu.edu

MEETING ID: 912 3491 1909

PASSCODE: 515308

Basic Grammar

October 8th (F)

1:00PM – 2:00 PM

ZOOM Presentation

Rochelle Moskowitz will introduce, explain, and then help students to recognize the most common mechanical errors within their own writing focusing on the The Comma and what makes a great sentence.  Registration:  please contact the following email 10 minutes prior to your workshop.

Registration Contact: Parisha –  p.patel283@student.fdu.edu

MEETING ID: 772 2821 8292

PASSCODE: gmt2M7

Basic Grammar

October 15th (F)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

ZOOM Presentation

Rochelle Moskowitz hosts a grammar workshop on The Definite and Indefinite Article and how to employ them in student writing.  Registration: Please contact the following email 10 minutes prior to the start of your workshop.

Sanjana – sanjana28@student.fdu.edu Registration:  please contact the following email 10 minutes prior to your workshop:

MEETING ID: 929 5525 1482

PASSCODE: 527471

Introduction to APA Format     

October 20th (W)

6:00 PM-7:30PM

ZOOM Presentation

Danielle Des Fosses will cover the basics of APA formatting, commonly used to cite sources in academic writing, and guide students through practice exercises. This workshop is a repeat of the workshop offered on September 8th. Registration:  please contact the following email 10 minutes prior to your workshop:

Registration Contact: Sanjana – sanjana28@student.fdu.edu

MEETING ID: 920 0798 9632

PASSCODE: 501931

Advanced APA Format

November 3rd (W)        

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

ZOOM Presentation

Designed for those who know the basics of APA, this workshop, presented by Helen Kuttner, will offer a brief APA overview before launching into more complicated citation issues. A brief question and answer period will follow for your specific APA formatting questions. Registration:  please contact the following email 10 minutes prior to your workshop.

Parisha – p.patel283@student.fdu.edu

MEETING ID: 788 6747 7716

PASSCODE: 2x51Ya

                           Metro Writing Studio~~~~~~2nd Floor Giovatto Library ~~~~~~– 201-692-2166

ESL Conversation Schedule

Non-native speakers of English are invited to come practice their spoken language skills with help from Jeanette Adams at the Metro Writing Studio.   
We look forward to resuming the ESL Conversation schedule in the spring semester.  
 

Referral form

Referral forms are not necessary; tutoring is available on a drop-in basis. However, faculty may refer students to the Writing Studio by printing, completing, and giving a referral form to those students in need of assistance.

To print out a referral form please click here: Referral Form

FAQ’s

The Metro Writing Studio provides free, individualized tutoring in writing and writing workshops to help students, faculty, and staff at Fairleigh Dickinson University improve their writing skills.

  • Where is the Metro Writing Studio?
    We are located on the second floor of the Frank Giovatto Library (on the Metropolitan campus in Teaneck) behind the Reference/Circulation Desk.
  • What are the hours of operation?
    Monday-Thursday 10.00 am to 7.00 pm Friday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Sunday 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm. The Studio, which offers wireless connection to the Internet to those with an FDU webmail account, is open as a quiet and comfortable study space whenever the library is open.
  • Who may use the Studio?
    Students who are matriculated at Fairleigh Dickinson (whether undergraduate or graduate, part-time or full-time), faculty, and staff are eligible to make use of all the Studio’s offerings.
  • What kind of help do the tutors provide?
    Tutors assist students with all phases of the writing process from brainstorming ideas to polishing the final draft. We do not, however, offer proofreading or editing services; our goal is to teach students how do such things for themselves.
  • Do I need to make an appointment to see a tutor?
    No, we see students mainly on a drop-in-basis (limited appointments become available later in the semester). On occasion, you might have to wait before a tutor is free to work with you, so plan your time wisely. Be sure to fill out a Request for Tutoring Form upon your arrival.
  • What should I bring when I see a tutor?
    You should bring the assignment given to you by your instructor, the materials (such as articles or books) upon which the assignment is based, and a printed copy of what you have written so far.
  • What other types of services does the Studio provide?
    Throughout the semester, we offer workshops on various writing-related topics such as how to recognize and avoid plagiarism and how to use MLA and APA citation formats. International students can practice their speaking skills six times a semester at our English conversation workshops.

Faculty and Tutors

Director, Metro Writing Studio

Julia Wagner
Senior Lecturer, School of the Humanities
Phone: (201) 692-2165
Mail Stop: T-GL1-03
Jawagner@fdu.edu

Tutors

  • Jeanette Adams 
  • Paul Caruso 
  • Ron Chavious
  • Terry Gibson 
  • Josephine Horna 
  • Irene Konstantinidis 
  • Helen Kuttner 
  • Rochelle Moskowitz 
  • Yelena Shekhtman  
  • David Simons 
  • James Veach 

Graduate Assistants