- November 11, 2013

FALL 2013 “WRITE ON” CONTEST

FALL 2013 “WRITE ON” CONTEST

The WRMC is pleased to announce our Fall “Write On” Contest!To enter, submit an essay or poetry entry of 250-1000 words in response to this prompt: “Write on how to innovate the political, social, or economic systems of your country.” Entries should be emailed to wrmc@viu.edu with your entry in a Word of PDF format. […]

WORD OF THE DAY: Hasten

WORD OF THE DAY: Hasten

hasten (verb): to move or act quickly or to cause something to move quickly Examples: 1. I should hasten to finish my homework so I can go to the party. 2. Some would argue that the instant popularity of Facebook hastened the death of other social networking sites like MySpace.

THE SERIAL COMMA

THE SERIAL COMMA

Just like your elementary school teacher reminded you, “Don’t forget your punctuation marks!”  However, she might not have let you know that some rules for punctuation are not very cut and dry.  One example of an instance where the punctuation police might differ is the comma. What do you think about the following examples?  Which […]

- November 7, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Enigma

WORD OF THE DAY: Enigma

enigma (noun): something hard to understand or explain Examples: 1. The professor’s lecture was an enigma to the class. 2. I always feel very sleepy in my 6:20pm class, but then I go home and play video games for hours afterward. It’s the greatest enigma of my life!

- November 6, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Cower

WORD OF THE DAY: Cower

cower (intransitive verb):  to shrink away or crouch down because you are scared Examples: 1. I cowered away when I saw the man was carrying a knife. 2. When you have a big exam, don’t cower in fear; instead, study hard and face it with courage!

WORKING IN GROUPS (Tips and Strategies)

WORKING IN GROUPS (Tips and Strategies)

If you are not experienced with group work it can be difficult and frustrating.  Our advice for working in groups is to start off on the right foot!  Being organized is key to working with others, especially if you are going to depend on them to do their part in the group work. We have […]

- November 5, 2013

MEET ONE OF OUR COACHES -EMILY

MEET ONE OF OUR COACHES -EMILY

The Writing, Research, and Media Center has coaches who are here to help you through the perils of dreaded papers, citations, APA formatting, and many other things!  Emily Leighty has extensive experiences as a Writing Coach from her time working in Susquehanna University’s Writing Center.  She served as a peer tutor and helped in the […]

WORD OF THE DAY: Bilk

WORD OF THE DAY: Bilk

bilk (transitive verb): to cheat or trick, often in terms of money Examples: 1. The jeweler bilked the couple into paying thousands of dollars for a cheap gemstone. 2. The mechanic often bilks customers into paying for unnecessary repairs.

- November 4, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Abhor

WORD OF THE DAY: Abhor

abhor (transient verb): to strongly dislike or hate someone or something Examples: I abhor getting out of my bed on Monday mornings! My mother abhorred the traffic on her commute to work.

- November 1, 2013

WRITER’S BLOCK? The WRMC’s got the solutions!!

WRITER’S BLOCK? The WRMC’s got the solutions!!

Are you stuck on getting started with your paper?  Need some advice on getting over your Writer’s Block?  Brainstorming is a good way for you to get started with your paper. Brainstorming is the process whereby you begin just thinking about what your topic is about.  One good way to get started with brainstorming is […]

- October 29, 2013

WHAT IS APA STYLE?

WHAT IS APA STYLE?

There are many different styles of writing just as there are many fields of study/industry.  Many industries choose to adopt certain styles across the field in order to standardize the way in which articles and research papers are formatted.  This makes it easier to read and understand the structure and flow of a paper. There […]

- October 28, 2013

ARE HANDWRITTEN NOTES SOON TO BE EXTINCT?

ARE HANDWRITTEN NOTES SOON TO BE EXTINCT?

Think about the last time that you received a handwritten message from someone.  When was it?  It might be hard to actually think of a recent instance when your received one.  We use so many digital tools these days to communicate.  Whether you use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or another resource, you are probably writing less […]

- October 25, 2013

WHAT IS A COACHING SESSION?

WHAT IS A COACHING SESSION?

Coaching sessions are designed to provide students with support for their written language and are limited to thirty minutes. The actual coaching sessions vary from session to session based upon need and the assignment. Coaches do not edit or revise your work for you; rather, Coaches will help identify areas to address in your paper […]

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HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE WRMC?

HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE WRMC?

To make an appointment, simply email our WRMC Coaches at wrmc@viu.edu. One of our coaches will reach out to you to confirm your session. It is recommended that you provide both a day and two times that would work best for you and a phone number where you can be reached. Coaches will try their […]

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WELCOME TO VIU’S WRITING RESEARCH AND MEDIA CENTER

WELCOME TO VIU’S WRITING RESEARCH AND MEDIA CENTER

Welcome to the Writing, Research and Media Center (WRMC) at VIU!  VIU’s commitment to improving the success of its students is evident in the launch of the Writing, Research and Media Center (WRMC).  The goals of the center are to promote and foster professional level communication in support of students’ academic preparation. The WRMC is […]