CAWS Center for Academic Writing Success

Who We Are

We base our philosophy and approach to tutoring on an understanding of language development as an activity of critical reading, writing, and thinking. Our primary goal is to help students develop their own academic skills rethinking and revising papers, developing the context of writing, or identifying and correcting their own mistakes.

What We Offer

The Center for Academic Writing Success offers a variety of free tutoring. This includes:

  • Walk-in tutoring
  • One-on-one tutoring, scheduled with an individual tutor for the entire semester
  • Designated reading and writing workshops which support the ESL/ENG sequence
  • Special Reading Lab hours for students in the Intensive ESL Program
  • Writing Fellows' Assignment Lab for students in writing-intensive and honors classes

How We Work

It is important for students to take responsibility for the aim of the tutoring session. We request that students bring with them the assignment handout, class notes, or other related writing and material from the class so that the tutor will know the context of the assignment.

The following are just some of the ways our tutors encourage students to discover and sharpen their own sense of meaning:

  • Reading essays out loud; serving as an attentive "listener"
  • Discussing ideas within the paper and developing them further
  • Re-organizing a paper, and deciding more carefully what to tell first, second, or third
  • Discussing and analyzing in-class readings, and addressing those parts that are confusing
  • Discussing the goal and expectations of the assignment
  • Reviewing teacher's comments about a student's writing; working toward meaningful revision
  • Identifying error patterns in writing; connecting errors to intention

We do not offer editing/proofreading services. We do not "fix" essays or do a student's research or homework.

How to Connect

Students can come by L-219 to schedule a time for weekly tutoring or to have a walk-in session.

Spring/Fall semesters:

Monday: 9:00 am- 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am- 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday closed

Winter/Summer module:   

Monday: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am- 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am- 7:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

CAWS is located on the 2nd floor of the Robert J. Kibbee Library, Room L-219

Telephone: (718) 368-5405