Metro Writing Studio

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEED HELP WITH YOUR WRITING ASSIGNMENTS?

Welcome to The Metro Writing Studio.  We are open for virtual synchronous tutoring from January 31 to May 10th. 

Please scroll down to make an appointment.

 

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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To schedule a tutoring session please submit your request.

We welcome groups, All members of the group must attend the session.

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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 11:00AM – 6:00PM 

  • 11:00-3:00 – J.Adams 
  • 12:00 – 4:00 – R. Chavious 
  • 12:00- 4:00 – H.Kuttner 
  • 2:00 – 6:00 – T. Gibson  
  • By Appointment 

Tuesday from 10AM – 6PM 

  • 10:00 – 2:00 – D.Simons (in-person) 
  • 11:00 – 3:00 – R. Chavious 
  • 2:00 – 7:00 – Y. Shekhtman 
  • 1:00 – 5:00 – T.Gibson (in-person) 
  • By Appointment 
✅ ESL Spanish/English 4PM – 8:00PM
  • Ruth Morrison 4:00- 8:00
  • Claudia Netti 6:00 -7:30

Wednesday 11:00AM – 6:00PM 

  • 11:00 – 3:00 – J.Adams   
  • 12:00 – 4:00 – H.Kuttner 
  • 1:00 – 5:00 – J. Horna  
  • 2:00 – 6:00 – R. Moskowitz 
  • By Appointment 

Thursday 10:00AM – 7:00PM 

  • 10:00 – 2:00 – T.Gibson 
  • 12:00 – 4:00 – J.Veach 
  • 2:00 – 6:00 – D. Simons 
  • 3:00 – 7:00 – R. Chavious  
  • By Appointment 
✅ ESL Spanish/English 4PM – 8:00PM

  • Ruth Morrison 4:00- 8:00
  • Claudia Netti 5:00 – 7:00

Friday 10:00AM – 4:00PM 

  • 10:00 – 2:00 – I.Konstandinis 
  • 12:00 – 4:00 – R.Moskowitz 
  • 1:30 – 4:00 – Y.Shekhtman 
  • By Appointment 

Sunday 1:00PM – 5:00PM 

  • 1:00 – 5:00 – T. Gibson 
  • By Appointment 
✅ ESL Spanish/English 1PM – 5:00PM
  • Ruth Morrison 1:00- 5:00

Please note that schedules subject to change. Email Julia Wagner, Director, at jawagner@fdu.edu for further assistance with services at the studio. 

Workshop Schedule: SPRING 2022 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. 

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 Metropolitan Campus 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.

Academic Writing and The Annotated Bibliography Workshop

In this workshop, students will be instructed in the purpose and use of the annotated bibliography.  This is a practical workshop providing a blend of information and useful links and references that will help students primarily with research skills.

February 8th (T) at 5:30 – 7:00 PM Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Registration information: contact the following email 10 minutes prior to the start of this workshop:

Aravinda – a.rudraraju@student.fdu.edu
Meeting ID: 919 4157 2873
Passcode: 272598

Parisha – p.patel283@student.fdu.edu
Meeting ID:  947 9911 7469
Passcode:   BVp6k4

Technical and Scientific Writing

Scientific writing is written with  specific goals and a very specific audience in mind. Helen Kuttner will introduce beginning practical approaches for students in the sciences who need to learn how to write in their field.    

February 9th (W) at 3:00 –4:30 PM Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Registration information: contact the following email 10 minutes prior to the start of this workshop:

Parisha – p.patel283@student.fdu.edu
Meeting ID: 940 7511 1962
Passcode:    2QupSB

Essential Spoken English for International Students

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.

February 15th (T)  at 5:00 – 7:30PM Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Registration information: contact the following email 10 minutes prior to the start of this workshop:

Sayali – s.chinchole707@student.fdu.edu
Meeting ID: 976 7014 5896
Passcode: HK8VYC

What is Critical Writing?

What is the critical perspective?  And,  how do students demonstrate it in their writing?   This is a workshop led by Danielle Des Fosses that first explains the necessary point of view, and then the steps needed to carry out research that supports analysis to this aim in student writing.

February 23 (W) at 4:00 – 5:30 PM Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Registration information: contact the following email 10 minutes prior to the start of this workshop:

Aravinda – a.rudraraju@student.fdu.edu
Meeting ID: 916 9853 4855
Passcode:  356462

Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism

Yelena Shekhtman will teach students how and when to quote and/or paraphrase from an original source – and how to acknowledge that source – so that they can learn how to avoid committing plagiarism accidentally.

February 25th (F) at 1:00 – 2:00 PM Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Registration information: contact the following email 10 minutes prior to the start of this workshop:

Aravinda –  a.rudraraju@student.fdu.edu
Meeting ID: 940 9138 0709
Passcode: 594226

Introduction to APA Format

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 March 22. 

February 28th (M) at 3:30 – 5:00 PM Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Registration information: contact the following email 10 minutes prior to the start of this workshop:

Aravinda – a.rudraraju@student.fdu.edu
Meeting ID: 990 4786 2624
Passcode: 591050

Common Essay Patterns

Helen Kuttner will review the various patterns available to writers for composing essays before examining strategies for writing clear and effective argumentative, compare/contrast, and cause and effect essays. 

March 2nd (W) at 3:00 – 4:30 PM Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Registration information: contact the following email 10 minutes prior to the start of this workshop:

Parisha – p.patel283@student.fdu.edu
Meeting ID: 918 9532 4931
Passcode:    12HpJA

Undergraduate Academic Essay and Research Workshop

Students are instructed on the elements of researching accurately and appropriately for Academic Essay writing, how to vet sources and make good source decisions. Led by Paul Caruso, students will be provided a blend of information from useful links and references, within this practical hands-on writing workshop.

March 7th (M) at 5:30 – 7:00 PM Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Registration information: contact the following email 10 minutes prior to the start of this workshop:

Parisha – p.patel283@student.fdu.edu
Meeting ID: 955 6663 3923
Passcode:  gfrqq9

APA Advanced Format

Designed for those who know the basics of APA, this workshop, presented by Helen Kuttner, will offer a brief overview before launching into more complicated citation issues. A question answer period will follow for your specific APA format questions. This workshop will be repeated on 3/23.

March 9th (W) at 1:30 PM – 3:00PM Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Registration information: contact the following email 10 minutes prior to the start of this workshop:

Sayali – s.chinchole707@student.fdu.edu
Meeting ID: 973 8619 8861
Passcode: p35YB1

Basic Grammar Workshop

Rochelle Moskowitz hosts a grammar workshop on Definite and Indefinite Articles and how to employ them in student writing.

TBD Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Basic Grammar

Just write it! Rochelle Moskowitz leads this grammar workshop on using the imperative voice in student writing.

March 21st (M) at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Registration information: contact the following email 10 minutes prior to the start of this workshop:

Aravinda – a.rudraraju@student.fdu.edu
Meeting ID: 973 8691 1707
Passcode: 013007

Introduction to APA

Danielle DesFosses will cover the basics of APA formatting, commonly used to cite sources in academic writing, and guide students through practice exercises. This is a repeat of the workshop presented on March 5th.

March 22nd (T) at 2:00 – 3:30 PM Virtual Presentation:ZOOM

Registration information: contact the following email 10 minutes prior to the start of this workshop:

Parisha – p.patel283@student.fdu.edu
Meeting ID: 935 0373 9412
Passcode: 1z7bKh

Advanced APA Format

Designed for those who know the basics of APA, this workshop, presented by Helen Kuttner, will offer a brief overview before launching into more complicated citation issues. A question answer period will follow for your specific APA format questions. This is a repeat of the workshop scheduled on March 10th.

March 23rd (W) at 1:30 – 3:00 PM Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Registration information: contact the following email 10 minutes prior to the start of this workshop:

Sayali – s.chinchole707@student.fdu.edu
Meeting ID: 952 5549 9617
Passcode: g4t2ie

Creating the Works Cited List

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.

TBD Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

ESL Conversation Schedule

Non-native speakers of English are invited to come practice spoken language skills 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 Metropolitan Campus 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

  • Julia Wagner, Director, Metro Writing Studio
    Department of Literature, Languages, Writing, and Humanities

Tutors

  • Jeanette Adams 
  • Paul Caruso 
  • Ron Chavious
  • Terry Gibson 
  • Josephine Horna 
  • Irene Konstantinidis 
  • Helen Kuttner 
  • Rochelle Moskowitz 
  • Yelena Shekhtman  
  • David Simons 
  • James Veach
Spanish/English Tutors
  • Ruth Morrison- ESL Spanish/English
  • Claudia Netti – ESL Spanish/English

Graduate Assistants