In addition to the individual consultations the Writing Center presently offers, there are myriad other resources available to you for help with your writing at West Point and online.
At West Point
The Writing Center (JH423)
Currently, the Writing Center offers one-on-one peer consultations to all cadets working on writing for core (required) courses. Our consultants are experienced fellow cadets specially trained in the teaching of argument-based academic writing. The Center's main interest is the argument and structure of your paper—its substance and organization. We'll also discuss style and mechanics with you, but we won't proofread or edit your work for you.
Wherever you're 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're struggling with yoru writing, excelling, or something in between, 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 (First Floor of Jefferson Hall)
The Center for Enhanced Performance is the place to head if 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 designed to help you study and perform more effectively.
The CEP also has four Writing Specialists: Jon Healy and Sara Jones. These Writing Specialists hold frequent study halls in Thayer Hall, and they also meet regularly with struggling writers on an individual basis.
Company Tutors (Various Locations)
Your company’s Academic Officer can help direct you to expert writers in your own company, which can be a good complement to the consulting you schedule at the Writing Center or the Additional Instruction you 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.
On the Web
The Harvard University Writing Center links to 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. 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.