New Student Resources


Maybe you’re stopping by because resources were encouraged as part of your Directed Self-Placement recommendation. Or maybe you’re a first-year student looking for some ways to improve your writing. No matter what brought you to this page, we’re glad you’re here, and we hope the following resources will help you develop successful writing practices at Wake Forest and for the rest of your life.

check mark   The Wake Forest Writing Center
The nuwritermber one resource we recommend is to come by the Writing Center and meet with one of our tutors! Just getting an assignment and need help getting started? Just finished a paper and want help cleaning it up? Wherever you are in the process, the Writing Center can help. Click here to make an appointment. Drop by the Writing Center in 426 Z. Smith Reynolds Library for more information or help making an appointment.
check mark   The Wake Forest Learning Assistance Center
According to their website, “Thwriting hande Learning Assistance Center (LAC) provides study skills training and counseling.  Students can learn to read critically, take notes effectively, manage their time, improve their motivation, increase their reading speed, and prepare for tests. Students with a wide range of learning and other documented disabilities may also receive academic support, training, and advocacy through the Learning Assistance Center.” Stop by the LAC in 117 Reynolda Hall for more information.
check mark   Talk to your Instructor
askingNeed help with your writing assignments? Talk to your professors! (Who better  to talk to about assignments than the people who wrote them!). Email them (politely) to set up meetings, visit their office hours, or try to catch them after class. This is a great place to start if you need help.
check mark   Z. Smith Reynolds Library
The reference desk on the 4th floor of the libraryZSR Library (not far from the Writing Center!) is a great place go to for research help. Librarians are able to answer questions, help you find databases, and work with you on citing your sources. Can’t come by in person? You can ask a librarian or chat with a librarian from the comfort of your residence hall room. ZSR frequently holds citation workshops (check their website for updates). You can also set up a personal research session with a librarian.
check mark   Online Resources

  • Our Main List of Writing Resources: Online resources compiled by the WFU Writing Center staff.
  • Purdue OWL: An online “Writing Lab” with excellent tutorials on everything from grammar to writing in specific academic genres.
  • Handouts and Resources from UNC’s Writing Center: These are useful for anyone, but some are especially valuable for multilingual writers or students for whom English is not their first language.
  • Writers Help: This is an online handbook and tutorial guide that accompanies the required handbook for all first-year writing courses at Wake Forest (see below).
check mark   Books and Manuals
  • The Everyday Writer*: This is the required handbook fobooksr all first-year writing courses at Wake Forest. The website “Writer’s Help” (see above) is a supplemental resource for this text.
  • The Transition to College Writing by Keith Hjortshoj: This is a great introduction to the differences between the writing you did in high school and the writing you will be expected to do here at Wake. You can look through a copy in the Writing Center.
  • A Reader’s Guide to College Writing by John J. Ruszkiewicz: Another strong introduction to the new skills that college writing will require, but with a clear emphasis on connecting critical reading with the writing process. You can also look through a copy of this at the Writing Center.
  • The Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English: A comprehensive descriptive grammar guide based on applied linguistics research. Guess where you can look at a copy?
  • Practical English Usage (3rd Edition) by Michael Swan: Similar to the Longman but with an emphasis on some of the more challenging language problems that you might encounter in high-level academic writing. Yep, we have this one, too!

*also available for use in the Writing Center

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