Many students struggle with writing papers that are not only grammatically correct but that will also appeal to their professors and get a good grade. There are great resources at colleges and universities to help students of all writing levels perfect their writing and grammar for any assignment.
Here are four resourceful ways for a student to get help with writing and grammar:
1. A strong resource for finding help is a writing or academic center. They’re generally located on campus and offer students help with their papers, projects, research and reports for free. Marshall University has a writing center that “helps students with all stages of the writing process––from prewriting and brainstorming, to idea development, structuring the paper, and then, finally, with revision and editing,” shared Anna Rollins, director of the writing center. Marshall University offers in-person sessions Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and online tutoring from 7–9 p.m. Students can also make their own appointments online.
2. A tutor is another way to get help writing papers and correcting grammatical errors. Most colleges and universities offer tutoring on campus through a writing center, academic center or library. However, students can also think outside the box when looking for a tutor by contacting professors or students within the English department and finding out who's available to help them with their writing and grammar.
3. Workshops can also be extremely resourceful for a student wanting to learn more about how to write and perfect their grammatical skills. Workshops can offer a number of ways to get help in more specific areas of writing. For example, University of Charleston offers a series of workshops through their Academic Success Center (ASC), including a “Peer Review Workshop” and “Mastering Components of the Writing Process Workshop”.
4. Often, the most overlooked resources for getting help with any assignment are the professors. Professors have office hours that specifically allow students to come get help. It might seem overwhelming or awkward to ask a professor for help, but there is really no one better to correct the writing in a report, the grammatical errors in an essay or the layout for a paper than the professor who assigned it. Sometimes the most resourceful thing a student can do is go straight to the source for help. This way the professor sees the effort, knows what areas need to be strengthened and can help the student accomplish exactly what they’re looking for in the assignment.