Communications Resource Center (CRC)

Communications Resource Center (CRC)

​​​Purpose: To provide an environment and services to assist students with improvement of their written and spoken communications skills

Work on your own
​Work on your own on written and spoken communications - NOT just for students currently enrolled in a communications course.  For example, a student is welcome to work on a paper or presentation for a Cultural Diversity class.

Get advice when needed
​Feel free to ask for advice from a consultant (tutor) when you desire.

                                        *** ​AUTUMN 2017 SEMESTER HOURS ***

Student working in class
Newark Campus (Warner Center Room 214) 
​​​​Phone Number: 740-364-9538​​​​​​​

Monday              9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday              9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday        9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday            9:00 am - 7:00 pm 
Friday               11:00 am - 4:00 pm 
 

Coshocton Campus (MH465) 

Tuesday              9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesday        11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Thursday              9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Knox Campus (CAS area)
​Tuesday              10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday        10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday             10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Pataskala Campus (PC 102)

Tuesday            12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

​Online Tutoring (eTutoring)
Students can submit a paper for free review by eTutoring, a service which is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Please plan for a 24-48 hour period of turnaround time before you receive your paper back (and perhaps an even larger turnaround time at certain busy points in the semester).

Another Free Online Paper Review Resource (Paperrater)
Evaluate your writing with this free online resource, which includes: Plagiarism Detection, Auto Grader, Spelling and Grammar Check, Style and Word Choice Analysis, Readability Statistics, Title Validation, Vocabulary Builder tool

Links to helpful resources 


Looking for an idea for a speech topic? These websites provide many ideas:
​​Instructions for formatting a WORD document for APA and MLA

​​Literature Review or Critique - Macro

​​Creating a Thesis Statement
 
MLA Formatting and Style Guide
 
APA Formatting and Style Guide
 
Grammar Checker (FREE Online Resource)
Includes 150+ Grammar Checks, Plagiarism Detection, Vocabulary Enhancement, Contextual Spell Check
 
Online Mind/Concept Mapping (FREE Online Resource)
 
Mind/Concept Mapping Software (FREE Download)
 
ESL Instructors and Students
 
​How to show readability statistics and take a screen shot in Office 2010
 
How to show readability statistics and take a screen shot in Office 2013
 
How to create a bibliography in Google Docs
 
 

What We Do:

The Writing Lab portion of the CRC provides resources for students to become more confident and resourceful in their writing skills.  Students may use a laptop computer in the lab to work on written communication.  In addition, students may consult with a writing consultant (tutor).
 
The Speech Lab portion of the CRC will focus upon providing resources for students to become more confident and resourceful in their spoken communication skills.  Students may use a laptop computer in the lab to work on preparation for spoken communication.  In addition, students may use the spoken communication room to practice a speech or presentation.  Also, students may consult with a speech consultant (tutor). 

What We Don’t Do:

- write papers for students
- "fix" papers by editing or proofreading them
- tell writers what grade we feel a paper or presentation deserves
- pretend we know everything
 

 What We Provide:

- laptop computers on which people can work
- pay-to-print capability
- drop-in sessions with qualified consultants (tutors)
-  a room in which students can practice and record spoken presentations
- flip video camera which students can use

Do I need an appointment to see a consultant (tutor)? 
No. Walk-ins are always welcome. 

​Before the Session

What should I bring to my tutoring session?
You should bring the syllabus from your course, the assignment instructions, the assignment rubric, a pen or pencil, whatever work you already have completed, and any questions or concerns you have. 
 

During the Session 

What should I do when I arrive at the CRC?
You should first sign in on Tutor Trac.
 
What happens during a session?
You will provide information which will help you and the tutor (consultant) to make the best use of your time together.  This includes completion of the top part of the Success Report.  The consultant (tutor) will discuss your assignment with you and help you to address some of your concerns with the assignment.  
  
Why don’t consultants (tutors) correct and edit my work for me?
The CRC is not an editing or proofreading service.  The main role of the consultant (tutor) is to help students become better writers through a dialogue of the ideas in the student’s essay and through assisting in development, organization and analysis of the essay.  Even though consultants (tutors) will not correct or edit an essay for you, they can help you develop the skills and strategies to locate and fix your own errors if you would like.  Although the focus of a session is usually on a student’s paper, the end goal is to improve the writer and not the paper.
 
Why do consultants (tutors) sometimes have me read my essay out loud?
Reading the essay out loud is helpful to both the student and the consultant (tutor).  Reading out loud often helps students find errors in their writing they may miss otherwise.  In addition, for ESL students, it is a chance to practice speaking English.  Also, while the student reads the essay out loud, the consultant (tutor) can focus on listening to the ideas of the essay in order to think of questions and comments to help the student.
 
Do I need to read my entire essay out loud?
Depending on the focus of the session and the length of the paper, it may not be necessary to read the whole essay.  Reading a ten page paper out loud might take up the entire session.  In that case, the consultant (tutor) will most likely ask you to read the thesis statement, topic sentences and whatever areas are of particular concern to you.
 

After the Session

What should I do when the session is over?
You will need to sign out on Tutor Trac before leaving the CRC.  And then it is up to you to determine what revisions you will make to your written or spoken communication. 
 
How will I know what I should work on after the session?
Normally, students may write out notes and comments during the tutoring session.  These notes are especially helpful to students when they continue to revise their written or spoken communication after the tutoring session.  Also, during the last few minutes of the session, the student and consultant (tutor) will summarize what they discussed in the session.  The consultant (tutor) might also help the student formulate a plan on what to do next with the essay.  
 
Will my instructor know I came to the CRC?
The CRC keeps records of all visits and sessions, but it is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor regarding their visits/sessions if the student chooses to do so.  The only exception to this rule is when a student has agreed in advance to allow information regarding their visits and sessions to be released to their instructor, academic advisor, or some other designated person.  In such cases, the CRC will need to confirm the student’s waiver. 
 
Besides the CRC, are there any other services that COTC offers to provide academic support outside the classroom?
In addition to the CRC, there are numerous other services provided, including:
- the Math Learning Center
- the Tutoring Center
- the Learning Skills Specialist.
 
Please ask a consultant (tutor) for more information regarding any of these services or see: www.cotc.edu/success ​ 

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