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Research, Reading, & Writing Studio

Spring Quarter Services

The Research, Reading, & Writing Studio serves current students seeking to read, write, and research better.  We come alongside students at any stage of the writing process, offering strategies for how to move forward with their own projects. 

For spring quarter, Studio meetings will occur using Zoom (schedule a conference here; you must make your appointment with your SPU email address).  Conferences are 25 minutes (starting at the top of the hour and at :30 after), and students can have up to two Zoom conferences per day. 

We are also available via Chat (see link below) and on Google Voice (phone or text 731-442-4335).  Note that Chat and Voice services are available only during our staffed hours, which will be

Monday through Thursday, noon to 5 PM,

Friday, noon-2pm

And in the evenings,

Sunday through Thursday, 7PM - 9PM

Outside these times, you can receive assistance with research, reading, and writing by emailing studio@spu.edu or by Asking a Librarian

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can the Studio help me?
The Studio will provide assistance in and strategies for research, reading, and writing including, but not limited to:
-Topic Selection
-Assignment decoding
-Addressing instructor feedback
-Searching for sources
-Evaluating sources
-Reading difficult texts
-Creating a thesis statement
-Organizing a paper
-Referencing and citing sources
-Editing/proofreading

Do I need an appointment? 
If you want one, you can certainly have one. Studio meetings will occur using Zoom (schedule a conference here).  Conferences are 25 minutes (starting at the top of the hour and at :30 after), and students can have up to two Zoom conferences per day. 

If you have a short question that doesn't need a full 25 minute conference, contact us via our Chat feature, or on Google Voice (phone or text 731-442-4335), or send an email to studio@spu.edu.

Who can use the Studio?
Any current SPU student--both undergraduate and graduate--is welcome to use the Studio.

What kind of papers do you help with? 
We can offer guidance on any paper you're working on for any class, whether WRI or HIST or BIO or SOC. We'll work alongside you to strengthen your thesis, support your claims, and cite your sources, whatever it is you're writing.

What do I need to bring when I interact with the Studio?
As much or as little as you like.  If you have a draft of your essay, use that.  The assignment sheet and grading rubric can help the writing assistants understand your assignment. You might also want to have ready any books or research materials you've been working with.

How can I contact the Studio?
Send us an email at studio@spu.edu.

How are Studio Assistants chosen?
Studio Assistants are hired in the spring for a one-year renewable appointment beginning the following fall.  All Studio Assistants take a one-credit, year-long course while on staff (WRI 2930, "Methods for Writing Assistants").  If you are interested in becoming a Studio Assistant, contact Dr. Peter Wayne Moe, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Campus Writing, at moep@spu.edu.