What We Do

A. Tutoring Services

  • The Writing Center offers tutoring to students to strengthen their writing skills through in-person and online tutoring sessions.
  • Students’ work is reviewed, not edited, for organization, word choice, academic tone/language, sentence structure, paragraph structure and standard American English grammar. A typical tutoring session ranges from 30-45 minutes, with additional time allotted to English Language Learners or students with a documented learning disability.
  • The Center maintains a file on all tutoring sessions.
  • Students can be referred for tutoring by faculty from the six graduate schools of the Division of Graduate Studies.
  • Self-referrals are encouraged.
  • Requests for a tutoring session are to be made at least 48 hours in advance.

To request a tutoring session, contact Michael Aiello, Administrative Assistant to the Director, at Michael.aiello@touro.edu

B. EDDN515: Strengthening Writing and Reading Skills

Based on established admissions policies, candidates may be required to enroll in 515.
This course is designed to help students improve their graduate-level writing and reading skills through guided instruction and hands-on practice exercises and assignments. It is given in 12-sessions, in-person and online, Pass/Fail, and there is a $500 registration fee. The key components of this course are: practice, review, and revise.

  • Certification exams: Attention is paid to communication skills and strategies students need for NYS teacher certification and other professional certification exams.
  • How to research: Students will receive materials on how to research topics for coursework.
  • Portfolio: Students will compile a portfolio of their writing and course handouts.

Curriculum

  • Organization: How to write a logically organized, clear and focused essay supported by details and accurate information
  • Word Choice: How to choose words and phrases that express the purpose of the essay clearly
  • Academic Language: How to avoid a “conversational” tone in an essay by avoiding contractions, jargon, clichés, personal pronouns and social media words and phrases
  • Sentence Structure: How to create simple and complex sentences that contain the proper arrangement of words to convey meaning correctly.
    How to avoid sentence fragments or run-on sentences that can interfere with the logical development of an essay.
  • Paragraph Structure: How to create paragraphs that contain the proper arrangement of sentences to convey meaning correctly
  • Transitional Words and Phrases: Transitions are words and phrases that connect words, sentences and paragraphs. Transitions help to make an essay flow better and logically. Examples of transition words and phrases are: at the same time, by, currently, finally, and in conclusion.
  • Rules of Grammar: Grammar is the system of a language. It establishes the rules and framework of Standard American English. The course focuses on several key elements of grammar including punctuation, capitalization and spelling.

C. Career Development Writing

The Writing Center staff helps students prepare printed and online documents related to the job search process:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Thank You Letter

D. Workshops

Physician Assistant Program: Writing Workshop for the Capstone Project

(Provided each Spring Semester)

The Final Master’s Capstone Paper is a requirement for completion of the Touro Manhattan Physician Assistant (PA) program. It comprises several written components: the title page, executive summary, introduction, literature review, conclusion and reference list. In this workshop, students will analyze an outstanding Capstone paper and receive an overview of proven and effective writing strategies.

These strategies include:

  • Building a sentence and constructing a paragraph
  • APA style guidelines, paraphrasing, and using powerful transition words
  • Effective strategies for selecting and composing a Literature Review
  • Basic rules of punctuation and capitalization

Enhancing Academic Writing: A Workshop for ELL Students

In this workshop, you will learn strategies for correcting common ELL errors in grammar and sentence structure.

Workshop topics include:

  • Using articles
  • Sentence fragments
  • Run-on sentences
  • Prepositions for time, place and introducing objects
  • Making subjects and verbs agree

Writing the Research Paper: A Workshop for Graduate Division Students

An effective research paper reflects critical thinking in organizing a topic of manageable scope. The workshop empowers students to develop a well-reasoned argument – a logical progression of ideas – as they assess information and create a coherent structure for the research paper. The significant roles of the thesis statement, citing appropriate evidence, and writing clearly are emphasized throughout the workshop.

This workshop includes:

  • Choosing the topic and collecting information
  • Evaluating materials and organizing ideas
  • Creating an outline
  • Presenting research in a well-written argument
  • Writing strategies for the research paper
  • Using formal academic style
  • Proofreading the research paper

Workshop on APA Format Guidelines

Proper citations are important in academic writing. To cite the thinking of others, both in text and in the reference list, many students follow the style guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA). This workshop summarizes key APA guidelines and teaches students how to apply them to their writing assignments.

Topics include:

  • Crediting sources
  • Quoting and paraphrasing
  • Citing references in text
  • The reference list and examples of APA references
  • Punctuation, spelling and capitalization
  • Correct and incorrect use of italics

Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop

This workshop provides strategies on writing resumes, cover letters and thank you letters and assists students in effectively communicating their value to potential employers.

Topics include:

  • The essential qualities of an effective resume
  • The three primary resume formats: chronological, functional and combination
  • Composing the resume to show how an applicant's experience will meet a prospective employer’s needs
  • Using action verbs and professional language throughout the resume
  • Highlighting an applicant's educational and career strengths as well as past accomplishments
  • Proofreading the resume before uploading or mailing to an employer
  • The elements of an effective thank you letter following an interview