Writing Center Puts New Students Through Common Errors in Academic Writing

On February 9, the Writing Center held a seminar on Common Errors in Academic Writing.

The seminar, led by three Writing Center tutors, was designed for first-year students enrolled in AUN 101 - First Year Experience (FYE).

Edward Rajah, Exploit Nicholas, and Vanessa Williams are all third-year students majoring respectively in Software Engineering, Entrepreneurship & Business Management, and International & Comparative Politics. With recommendations by their writing instructors and the desire to be of service to their peers, they started their work-study at the Writing Center after completing the rigorous assessments and stipulated probationary periods.

The common errors covered include spelling mistakes, inconsistent tenses, comma splices, run-on sentences, and sentence fragments. Also, there were guidelines on how to avoid or correct the problems highlighted.

Interim Director of the Center, Ms. Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan, explained that the presentations would “expose the pattern of errors identified in AUN101 journal submissions to guide them in all their written assignments.”

Ms. Akpan also assured the students that the Writing Center is there to assist them at any stage of their composition processes. "The Writing Center staff and tutors are there to work with you as you review your work, understand the task(s) you were assigned, and organize your thoughts meaningfully."

The seminar was also an opportunity for the AUN 101 students to know more about other free support activities at the Writing Center and how the tutors can assist them whenever they are in need.

Lead Tutor, Edward Rajah, concluded by emphasizing the importance of the services available to students and the need to participate in workshops organized so that they improve their expressive and critical thinking skills.

Reported by Celine Augustine

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