Tutoring and Support Resources

Tutoring is aimed at helping Cedar Crest students achieve academic success by becoming effective, independent learners. Tutoring is available for many lower level courses, as well as some upper-level courses and writing. Most tutoring takes place in the Student Success Center in Cressman Library.

Please review the tutoring policies (below) prior to using walk-in (currently being provided remotely/online) tutoring.

 

Remote Peer Subject Tutoring

Tutoring Official Policies 2019.pdf

Summer 2020 

At this time, there will be no peer subject-specific tutoring for the summer. Please note that live/online tutoring for MAT 102, 107, 110, 140, 141, 142 and CHE 103, 111, 112 and 206, and will be handled by professional tutor, Kelcie Molchany, until further notice. You can find information about her services on the Professional Tutoring page (My Cedar Crest> Current Students> Academic Services> Professional Tutoring.

Assistance is also available through Smarthinking, our "24/7" online professional tutoring platform. Please see the information on the right side of this page regarding subjects covered by Smarthinking and how to access this service.

Subject-specific peer tutoring will resume in the fall.

Last updated 5.14.20

Instructional Assistant Sessions

Instructional Assistant sessions are available in the Fall and Spring only. These scheduled weekly sessions are available for students in select courses (BIO, CHE, MAT) to assist students review and practice critical course content.  Before attending these sessions, please review the IA Policies in the document below.

During the summer, please use the live/online tutoring for MAT 102, 107, 110, 140, 141, 142 and CHE 103, 111, 112 and 206, provided by professional tutor, Kelcie Molchany, until further notice. You can find information about her services on the Professional Tutoring page (My Cedar Crest> Current Students> Academic Services> Professional Tutoring.

Assistance is also available through Smarthinking, our "24/7" online tutoring platform. Please see the information below regarding subjects covered by Smarthinking and how to access this service.

Instructional Assistant Policies 2019.pdf

last updated 5.14.20

 

The Writing Center

Please note: We do not currently have peer Writing Consultant assistance available; however, writing assistance for undergraduate and graduate students is available through Smarthinking, our online professional tutoring service. For more information on Smarthinking, please see the information in the right column of this page.

Peer Writing Consultant services will resume in the Fall (2020). Please review the following information about these services. 

Writing assistance, through the Writing Center is available to all Cedar Crest students, and peer Writing Consultants can assist students with papers and written assignments for any course or subject. Writing Consultants are committed to fostering academic success by helping students develop and improve their writing skills. Please review the Writing Center policies (below) so that you understand the scope of assistance that may be provided by our Consultants.

Writing Consultants work one-on-one during in-person appointments, or remotely, during eTutoring appointments, with students to help them improve their writing skills and learn how to navigate formatting manuals (APA, MLA, and Chicago). Appointments for the Writing Center are made using the WCOnline portal below. First time users will need to register an account. In addition, you will need to disable your browser’s pop-up blocker by clicking the small red box that appears in the upper-right corner of your screen, then you can click the WCOnline link again. 

In-person appointments with Writing Consultants will take place in the Writing Center, located in the Student Success Center in Cressman Library (back right corner).

 

Writing Center Policies and Information

Note: Please contact Career Planning (610-606-4648) if you need assistance with resume writing.

Writing Center Policies.pdf

Summer 2020 Schedule: TBD

Resources for Writers

The following documents and websites may be helpful resources for students completing various types of writing assignments:

How to Plan and Write a Paper (U of Maryland)

Writing Organization Handout.pdf (U of Maryland)

APA Style Blog (7th Edition - Spring 2020 launch for CCC)

Video on Changes in the APA Manual, 7th Edition:

Articles on Notable Changes in the APA Manual, 7th Edition:

APA Style Overview (including general, graduate and doctoral templates - Walden University)

Cengage APA Citation Style Guidelines (2019 version - check your work for APA 7th ed. changes)

MLA Style/Perdue OWL

Professor Paul Brians' Common Errors in English Usage

Professor Paul Brians' List of Non-Errors

UW-Madison's Writer's Handbook (writing process, improving style, grammar and punctuation, citing references)

GMU Writing Center Quickguides

Business Correspondence

Smarthinking - Online Professional Tutoring Assistance

Assistance for All Students (linked to Smarthinking Introduction Video)

Smarthinking (access portal below) provides students 24/7 access to online tutoring resources. Students are initially provided 240 minutes (4 hours) of tutoring through Smarthinking. Students can check the Smarthinking hours they have remaining by signing into Smarthinking and going to "Manage My Account." Should you run out of hours and need more, please contact Academic Services (advising@cedarcrest.edu). There is no charge to students for use of this service.

All Smarthinking tutors must complete Smarthinking's online training program, and are regularly evaluated for the quality and consistency of the tutoring they offer. The training is a minimum of fifteen hours of training modules and monitored practice sessions or returned essays. Each academic area is led by one of Smarthinking's directors or subject-area supervisors, all of whom are former college teachers, and experts in their disciplines. 90% of tutors hold masters or doctoral degrees in their fields, and they average 9 years of teaching experience. Please see the documents below for more information about Smarthinking coverage areas:

Assistance for Graduate Students

Smarthinking’s support for graduate students spans the educational experience, from acceptance to graduation and beyond. Our expert tutors, 90% of whom hold a master’s degree or PhD in their field, are here to help your students navigate the most important aspects of graduate-level work—evaluating and synthesizing research in order to generate new ideas about their fields in relation to existing scholarship.
 
Writing for Graduate Students
Smarthinking writing tutors help students locate and evaluate scholarly sources and understand the different types of sources that might be suitable for graduate-level work. In a recent session, a writing tutor helped a graduate student assess a literature review’s effectiveness at evaluating sources and drawing conclusions. Students can submit any writing project for Smarthinking writing review—from thesis proposals to case studies to dissertation chapters. Similarly, tutors work with students one-to-one in real time, helping with a wide range of writing- and research-related questions. On a daily basis, our expert writing tutors assist students with any part of the writing, research, and revision processes, including:
  • developing theses and hypotheses
  • organizing and strengthening their arguments
  • evaluating source material and accurately citing sources using APA and MLA
Smarthinking's personalized, substantive writing review service has already helped thousands of graduate-level users develop and refine their research projects, case studies, presentations, business plans, and many other writing assignments for a wide array of graduate coursework.
 
For more information on Smarthinking Services for Graduate Students, please review Smarthinking Graduate Support.pdf.
 
How to Use Smarthinking
 
 
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For hours of availability for specific subject areas, please review the Smarthinking US-Service-Times.pdf.
Smarthinking provides students 24/7 access to online tutoring resources. Subjects include math, chemistry, biology, physical science, business, accounting, Spanish, writing, and nursing.

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