The Center for Academic Success provides assistance for students in English classes or classes involving writing and reading. Students can take advantage of the following:
- Professional services from a Specialist
- Attend workshops
- Seek help at the drop-in Writing Table
- Writing Assistance Resources and Links
- Online Writing Lab (OWL)
These services are for everyone. Often, students who use CAS writing services achieve at least a grade higher on the most challenging writing assignments commonly assigned at Cayuga. If you struggle with writing and fear the process, or if you are a talented writer looking for informed feedback to bring your paper to the next level, you can receive the one-on-one support needed to help you break through.
Specialists are faculty who offer professional assistance and are available to work with you at every stage of the writing process. In a session, you will identify learning goals based on your individual challenges, learn how to develop a strong thesis, discuss how to present information in a clear and organized fashion, and take on punctuation and issues of grammar. If you have a proofreading accommodation, or if you know that grammar is a problem for you, please visit a Specialist. Specialists meet with students by appointment only. You may sign up for a maximum of two half-hour appointments each week.
The Writing Table
At the Writing Table, thoughtful feedback is provided to help you improve the focus and clarity of your paper. Students will receive guidance in how to be successful in the most challenging writing courses here at CCC. Students can receive drop-in assistance at the Writing Table throughout the week. For a Writing Table schedule, a list of tutors and the courses they have taken, click on the Auburn and Fulton Schedules link to the right.
To make the most of your visit to the Writing Table or to a Specialist, take a few moments to think about the following:
- It's helpful to bring the written instructions your instructor gave you when the work was assigned. Can you summarize and describe the assignment?
- Be sure to come to the Writing Table with enough time to revise your work before it's due.
- Think in advance: What specific help do you need? Having a hard time getting organized? Difficulty getting started? Your draft just isn't working? Put some thought into it.
Resources and Links
Please select any of the topics below for more information.
- How to write an essay (62 kb)
- How to write a critical literary essay (43 kb)
- Standard essay outline guide (30 kb)
- How to develop a thesis (85 kb)
- Basic essay structure (30 kb)
- Basic essay style (22 kb)
- The research proposal (23 kb)
- How to write a research paper (73 kb)
- Grammar - a refresher (125 kb)
- Clauses, phrases, and commas - a refresher (28 kb)
- Purdue University's Online Writing Lab
- What is Plagiarism?