In addition to the individual consultations the Writing Center offers, there are several other resources available to you at West Point and online for help with your writing. Scan through the descriptions below in order to explore which ones best suit your needs.
At West Point
The Writing Center (JH423)
The Writing Center offers twenty-five minute, one-on-one peer consultations about writing for EN101. Our consultants are experienced fellow cadets specially trained in the teaching of argument-based academic writing. Our main interest is the argument and structure of your paper—its substance and organization. Some questions we might reflect on include: Do you respond to the assignment? Do you have a thesis? Is your paper well-structured? We have secondary interests in the style and correctness of your writing, and although we will help you to identify and address certain patterns of error, we will not proofread or edit your work.
Wherever you are at in the writing process, our goal is to engage you in a true dialogue about your ideas and help you to communicate them effectively. We work with the full range of student writers: no matter whether you are getting A’s, B’s, or C’s on your assignments, go ahead and make an appointment—every writer can benefit from a serious conversation with other accomplished writers about his or her work.
Writing Specialists at the Center for Enhanced Performance (JH173 & JH170)
The Center for Enhanced Performance is the place to go, in addition to the Writing Center, if you find that you are having great difficulty with your writing assignments and lots of trouble adjusting to college coursework in general. The main areas that the CEP can help you include time management, organization, skills for note-taking and test-taking, reading texts and answering questions effectively, and dealing with sleep or personal issues. See their website for further details on courses and programs designed to help you study more effectively.
The CEP also has on hand two civilian Writing Specialists with graduate degrees, Sara Jones (JH173) and Angela Marathakis (JH170). These Writing Specialists hold weekly study halls in Thayer Hall, and they also meet for intensive individual sessions with struggling writers. To learn more, contact Ms. Jones or Ms. Marathakis directly.
Your company’s Academic Officer can help direct you to expert writers in your own company; these tutors can often help you out when you’re in a bind, and they also may be helpful to you in learning how to proofread your own work. Company tutors are a good complement to the consulting you can schedule at the Writing Center, or the Additional Instruction you can get from your instructors. Like Writing Fellows, many company tutors have been certified as college tutors by completing a brief training course on peer assistance strategies and tactics.
Elsewhere on the Web
The Harvard University Writing Center has a number of guides that very helpfully explain the various elements of argumentative and college writing, including how to understand assignments, generate topics, perform close readings, develop your thesis, outline and structure your essays, use transitions, and revise effectively.
See this guide authored by the University of Chicago professors Joseph M. Williams and Lawrence McEnerney for helpful tips on what will be expected from you in the writing you’ll do in your humanities and social science courses in college. You can scan through the book or even download chapters in PDF; among the topics Williams and McEnerney cover are the differences between high school and college writing and strategies for outlining, drafting, and revising your papers effectively. They also have lots of good advice on different parts of college essays, like introductions, titles, and conclusions.
Chomp Chomp is a great website to go to if you are having persistent troubles with grammar or mechanics in your sentences. They provide easy-to-understand definitions of different rules, quick tips for how to correct or avoid common errors, and lots of different exercises that you can do on your own to enhance the nuts and bolts of your writing.