Center for Reading and Writing

Contact Us

Drop-in for help during office hours or call us to schedule an appointment.

Campus Location: Mortensen Library, Lower Level, Room L102
Phone: 860.768.4131

Hours of Operation:

Monday–Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Center for Reading and Writing offers one-on-one tutoring services for writers of all abilities. Assistance is free of charge and professional or peer tutors are available to help with writing issues concerning organization, clarity, formatting, citations, or even generating research and ideas.

Student Resources

Study Skills Mini-Courses

In each study skills mini-course students learn strategies for academic success in college, apply specific strategies to their own courses, and reflect on their learning goals and styles. Each mini-course is three weeks. Not available to students matriculated in Hillyer College. Grade: P/NP. Students may earn .5 credit for each mini-course successfully completed.

  1. CRW 101 Time Management, Listening and Notetaking

Do you have trouble setting priorities and budgeting your time? Keeping an accurate record of class lectures and discussions is a foundation for success. In this mini-course, you will practice strategies for organizing and reviewing your own notes before, during, and after classes.

  1. CRW 102 Reading and Remembering

Do you spend hours reading without remembering what you have read? Reading well requires more than literal comprehension. Build on your ability to analyze and synthesize your own reading assignments. Learn efficient, effective approaches to academic reading.

  1. CRW 103 Preparing for Tests

This mini-course builds on the skills developed in CRW 101 and 102. Learn to get organized, plan ahead, and create review sheets for each exam. Learn specific strategies for taking different kinds of tests and for coping with test anxiety.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are CRW consultants really critical?

A: We don't bite! We're here to help. CRW consultants are friendly and accommodating. Our relationship with you is collaborative, not authoritarian. We go through your paper step by step, paragraph through paragraph, helping you to see how to make your work even better.

Do I have to come in a certain number of times?

A: It's completely up to you. You can come in once, you can come in once in a while, or you can come in often. However, no one will force you to come in if you no longer wish for the assistance. It all depends on your needs and what you are working on.

Q: Can I come in for help even before I've written anything?

A: You sure can! CRW consultants are here to help you in any way you need, even with selecting a topic for your work. The "idea generation" stage is just as important as the drafting stage.

Q: Is CRW only for struggling writers?

A: All writers need readers, even skilled writers who want to refine their writing style. CRW consultants could very well serve as your "reader" to give you a fresh perspective on your writing. This is especially helpful when you've reviewed your paper for the umpteenth time!

Q: May I drop off my paper for CRW to proofread?

A: We really like to read through your paper with you. We find this is the most effective way to offer suggestions for revision and discuss your ideas together. Editing and proofreading them become part of this collaborative effort, one that needs your full participation.

Meet the Staff

Pat Morelli
Director, Center for Reading and Writing
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Jan Emerson
Professional Tutor, Center for Reading and Writing
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Elizabeth Engstrom
Professional Tutor, Center for Reading and Writing
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Karen Ferraro
Administrative Assistant, Center for Reading and Writing
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