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Welcome to the NU Writing Center!

The Writing Center’s mission is to coach undergraduate and graduate students in all stages of the writing process through appointment-based collaborative and individualized sessions with one of our tutors. We aim to help students become more effective, confident, life-long writers through critical thinking, self-observation, and the application of sound writing principles and strategies.

To work with us, you need first to create an account. Then, you'll be able to:

  • schedule up to three (3) 40-minute appointments per week (Monday-Sunday) up to 14 days in advance with any available tutor you choose
  • specify the area(s) of writing you'd like to focus on during your session along with how you would like to work with your tutor (through Zoom or by phone)
  • monitor, modify, and/or cancel your scheduled appointments
  • put yourself on our waiting list for one or more days to be notified of any openings in our schedule.

Who we are and how to use our services:

  • All National University Writing Center tutoring staff are NU employees with advanced academic degrees who work with you individually according to your specific concerns and priorities. 
  • All appointments are Pacific Time.
  • Available appointments display in the scheduler as white blocks. Unavailable appointments are blue..Your scheduled appointments are orange. (To check your scheduled appointments, hover over the personalized Welcome message above. You may also customize your profile and waiting list notification options there.)
  • You will receive an email confirming each appointment you make, a reminder email the day before each appointment, and another email with instructions to join your tutor at your appointment time.
  • Please cancel appointments you cannot attend. If you miss three (3) scheduled appointments in a course month without canceling, your account may be suspended until the beginning of the next course month.

Resources:

  • Online workshop: Lit Reviews 
    • When: Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 5:30pm-7pm Pacific Time
    • Where: https://nu.zoom.us/j/933294819
    • Why: Join us for a free, interactive workshop where we’ll discuss what a literature review is and why we write one. We’ll cover how to go about researching your topic, finding reliable sources, organizing your research, and composing a literature review. Additional resources will be provided for further study.
  • Click here for additional free tutoring provided by our partners at Wyzant. **Please note that if you don't see the "Continue to Login" button on the page that opens, you may need to reduce magnification OR expand your browser window so that it appears.**
  • Get Microsoft Word 365 -- free! Log in through your SSO portal and look for Microsoft Office icons. If you don't see them, try clicking here and following the instructions.
  • Avoiding plagiarism, citing sources, and formatting your papers: Please visit the NU Library's guides to the major formatting and citation styles, including APA, MLAChicago, and AMA, as well as our Writing Resources page.
  • Still have questions? Email us at writingcenter@nu.edu. We look forward to working with you!

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