If you are feeling confused or overwhelmed…
1. Reach out to your classmates
Chance are if you have a question, someone else does to. Or someone may have the answer. For questions about readings, assignments, and tech troubles, use our class email list: WRI101X_F201701@davidson.edu.
2. Make an appointment with one of your professors
Dr. Suzanne Churchill, Chambers 3288
I am eager to get to know you, help you improve your writing, and adapt to life at Davidson. I enjoy conversations in person and try never to advise by email. You don’t need an appointment for my office hours, which are Mon 1:30-3 pm & Thu 1-2:30 pm. If these times conflict with your schedule, please e-mail me at email@example.com to schedule an appointment. You can find out more about me, including “how to get recommendations,” at suzannechurchill.com.
Dr. Shelley Rigger, Preyer 111
You don’t need an appointment during my office hours, which are: Mon 1 – 2:30 pm & Fri 10:30-noon. To schedule an appointment outside of those windows, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Go to the Writing Center
Get help at any stage in the writing process.
4. Get to know the Reference Desk
Our library staff is terrific and eager to help.
5. Visit the Center for Teaching & Learning
Discover an array of resources geared to all levels, disciplines, & concerns. You can find a list of academic support resources on the College website.
6. Consult a Media Consultant
Tutors are available, Sun.–Thu., 8-11 pm, in Studio D. You can find a list of technological training and support on the College website.
7. Contact Counseling Services or Public Safety
Learn about the counseling resources and public safety services available to all enrolled Davidson students free of charge. Your academic success depends on your psychological and physical well being.
8. Practice Mindfulness Meditations
Online Writing Resources
Use the wealth of resources assembled in Composing Arguments: a Resource on Academic Writing for Davidson Students. It includes helpful on all stages of the writing process and offers links to citation guidelines for MLA Style. Also check out DavidsonWriter: Academic Resources for Students.
My MLA Style Synopsis both describes and models MLA Style for print media. You may need to adapt MLA Style to digital environments. The important thing, whether working in print or digital form, is to identify all sources quoted, paraphrased, or consulted, and provide a link or citation that will guide your reader to the original source.
Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) includes an MLA Formatting and Style Guide—an excellent, searchable resource for figuring how to cite different types of print and digital texts, including films, paintings, videos, lectures, conversations, etc.
Search Creative Commons for public domain images that aren’t bound by copyright.
The Writer’s Diet test is an online tool to help you diagnose clutter, flabbiness, and other weaknesses in your writing. Just cut and paste your text in, run the test, and read your results.