MU’s Writing Lab adds depth to prose, papers

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Monday, July 28, 2008 | 2:22 p.m. CDT; updated 3:09 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 28, 2008

Symbiosis is not just for science. The relationship between students and tutors can be a mutually advantageous arrangement.

Daniel Morales, a junior at Columbia College, finds the tutoring sessions offered at his school indispensable.

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"I don't think I would pass without it," Morales said.

But students are just one half of the equation. Tutors can reap as much benefit from the relationship as the students they help .

At MU's Writing Lab, tutors help students develop their papers by providing them with "a different perspective and a sense of audience," said Rebecca Roma, a graduate tutor at the lab since August 2007. "We give general feedback, help brainstorm, ... but one thing we do not do is edit."

Do not expect these tutors to check for grammar and spelling mistakes. "We check for bigger things," said Roma. For example, tutors can help students improve the cohesion and organization of their writing.

Roma said she enjoys helping students with their writing. "It's fun for me," she said.

Roma plans to be teaching freshman English classes in the near future. Her passion for English and writing is evident in her enthusiasm for promoting the free service for students.

A bit of advice for incoming students: Check with your professors. Some offer extra credit for attending tutoring sessions, Roma said.

Places to study

MU campus

Ellis Library: For a quieter atmosphere, head upstairs to the reading room or the stacks. If you need access to a computer, try the first-floor computer area.

Memorial Union: With its numerous tables and booths, the Union is a good place for study groups.

Brady Commons: Newly renovated for the fall semester, Brady is an excellent place to grab a quick bite to eat while squeezing in some last-minute cramming.

Peace Park: Weather permitting, Peace Park offers a tranquil and beautiful setting outdoors in which to memorize your lecture notes.


Starbucks: For the quintessential college studying experience, head to Starbucks and grab your favorite caffeinated beverage.

Kaldi's Coffeehouse: In need of a sugar fix to get you through your studying? Head to this posh coffeehouse for one of its sinfully delicious sugar cookies.

Lakota Coffee Co.: A rustic coffee shop that offers an especially cozy place to study in the colder winter months.

The Artisan: For something different, try the Artisan, which offers unique sandwiches, coffee, drinks and baked goods to help you study.

Columbia College campus

Atkins-Holman Student Commons: A quiet study area with a coffee shop and snack bar, according to Columbia College's Web site.

Stafford Library: Its Web site states it is open more than 80 hours a week.

Stephens campus

Stamper Commons: Get something to eat in the cafeteria while you study at this Stephens location

Hugh Stephens Library: Head to the penthouse at Stephens' library for a view of Columbia.




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