Campus Writing Program

Campus Writing Program

The Colorado School of Mines Campus Writing Program is founded on the idea that the ability to communicate effectively will make Mines graduates more competitive, more confident, more successful in their careers and ultimately better positioned to influence their chosen fields, the workplace, and our world. Within the Division of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, The Writing Center supports the Campus Writing Program, which fosters a campus environment that values and supports communication.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center provides free professional one-on-one tutoring to members of the Mines community, to assist them with any writing project that is at any stage of the writing process. Our professional consultants (many of whom are expert teachers and writers themselves) can help with brainstorming, organization, creative generation, citation, documentation, technical and scientific writing, grammar, syntax and mechanics for native speakers and for ESL students. These tutors will work on first and final drafts and everything in between! While we don’t simply proofread or edit papers, our aim is to give writers the tools and techniques they need to learn how to do it for themselves. Starting with the Fall 2017 semester, we will be offering student tutors, trained by our professional tutors, for the first time. To visit the Writing Center, please go to our online scheduler at Log in or register for an account with your Mines email address. You will then be able to see the entire schedule and make, change, or cancel appointments. Appointments are 50 minutes in length (30 minutes are also available, but rarely can a tutor give the help they need to in the shorter time-frame, so be selective). We find that most students underestimate the time needed to work on their writing, so please be sure to have a good plan and good understanding of what you need from our tutors. If you need to cancel, you must do so at least one hour before your appointment time or the system will mark you as a no-show. After three no-shows, you will be locked out of the system. If you have questions about the schedule or making appointments, please contact Professor Allyce Horan. The Writing Center is located on the first floor of Alderson Hall, Room 133. Spring 2018 tutor hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. For student tutor hours, see the scheduler. Thesis Formatting Hours: (fall and spring semesters) No appointment is necessary for this service. Walk-in thesis formatting help is offered two to three weeks before an upload deadline. Students can bring a paper or electronic copy of their thesis for a format review. Students can receive help with formatting questions such as margins, visual aids, page numbers, white space and table of contents. CASA Student tutors*: (fall and spring semesters) NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY! The Center for Academic Services and Advising also provides student tutoring on campus; student tutors are trained and mentored by our professional tutors to be able to help with specific writing needs and common problems that Mines students often have in classes like Human Systems, NHV and Field Session. *All Writing Center peer tutors are located in the Arthur Lakes Library, while Allyce Horan has hours in CASA CASA tutoring schedule

Faculty Resources

Learning and Teaching Designing Effective Assignments: Scaffolding formal assignments Write-to-learn activities Assignments that work Collaborative writing assignments Designing effective assignments Grading Strategies: How to reduce grading time and stress Why writers make mistakes and what we can do to help them Alternative grading models: Helpful hints Alternative grading models: essay exams Alternative grading models: portfolio Alternative grading models: holistic grading Making grades more than just letters Responding to and evaluating student writing Response strategies: The good, bad, and the ugly Writing Across the Curriculum 2011 WAC Report Best Practices Chemical Engineering Chemistry & Geochemistry Economics & Business Engineering Geology Geophysics Mathematical & Computer Science Metallurgical & Materials Engineering Mining Engineering Petroleum Engineering Physics Statement of Goals and Objectives Writing-Intensive Course Guidelines

Student Resources

Writing Tutorials

Connect to a variety of writing tutorials, including information on writing processes and types of writing:

More Resources

Review further resources online through a generous agreement with Colorado State University:

Online Composition Handbook and Grammar Guide

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) is developed and maintained by graduate students in their PhD program, and is one of the most up to date databases out there.

At Mines–The Arthur Lakes Library

The Arthur Lakes Library develops innovative services and facilities, provides access to and preserves knowledge, and enhances the learning, teaching, and research at Colorado School of Mines.

Writing Program Faculty