October 9

Our Mission

At the Patriot Writing Center, we offer continuous encouragement and support to help students at any skill level improve their writing abilities. As Writing Tutors, we learn alongside our students, evolving with our experiences. We hope our efforts will lead to a positive change in attitude towards writing.

-PWC Tutors, 2015

OPEN

Location: Room 217

Time: 3rd and 7th Block, all lunches

Upstairs Lunch ONLY on Activity Day Schedules

Walk-in Policy

June 7

Year Conclusion

As the Indian filmaker Desakai once wrote “No man’s life can be summed up in its entirety in one telling”. Likewise, one year at the writing center cannot be adequately summarized by me in a few short paragrahs. Nevertheless, I shall make a brave attempt. The year began with instruction on what I now believe to be common sense. We began with “How to greet a tutor” and eventually reached tutoring advice. Nothing at this particular point interested me about the class, but what convinced me to stay was the practice tutoring sessions. These tutoring sesssions were great experiences, I was put into the role of both the tuttee and the tutor. During this session, while I was tutoring, I realized the types of useful skills that I could pick up from tutoring, and how useful it could be. Essentially, I realized that it was something that I could do, thus I stuck with it for an entire year. Continue reading

June 5

Reflection

This year at the patriot writing center was truly amazing, I was surprised by all of the events that I encountered throughout it. I am surprised that the world turned out to be such a nice place…

 

Well Ms.Gray,

If you are reading this, I just wanted to let you know that I have this assignment done on a computer somewhere, as soon as I find it. Sorry about all this.

Sincerely,

Sarem S.M.

June 4

Summer Break

The Patriot Writing Center is now closed for the 2015-2016 school year. We will return

If you have a “writing emergency,” you may email Ms. Gray directly at LGRAY@LCPS.ORG to schedule an appointment.

Thank you, Park View, for making this a great first year!

June 3

Looking Back

I would like to thank all of the people who made this year of writing center possible. Thank you to Ms. Gray, my fellow tutor colleagues, and last but not least, the wonderful students who have given me the opportunity to be apart of their writing journey.

One of the most rewarding experiences that I have gotten the pleasure of experiencing this year was helping one of my tutees unlock her writing potential. Continue reading

May 31

A Final Entry (and Reflection)

 Over the course of the school year I’ve learned numerous skills and a substantial amount of information. In the Patriot Writing Center I’ve learned many things about writing such as correct grammar, how to cite correctly, etc. Along with that I’ve learned important tactics to tackle writing assignments such as pre-writing. I apply all this when I tutor tutees which then strengthened my writing as well as that of the tutee. It’s nice to help people, and know that you have directly impacted their life (big or small). I think one of my favorite moments is when I helped a student who took AP Lang. I’m planning on taking the class next year and this gave mean insight on what the class was like. At the end of the session the tutee had said even though I don’t take the class I still helped quite a bit. I thought that this really goes to show that we all have different skills no matter our writing level. There truly is always room for improvement. Continue reading

May 31

Looking Back on the 2015-2016 School Year

As the school year comes to an end, it is a time for us all to reflect on all of the things that have happened this year. There were many good and bad things that took place this school year, but I like to believe that being a Patriot Writing Center tutor was one of the better things. It is really rewarding to know that I’ve helped quite a few people this school year. Although it was no walk in the park, it taught me a lot of valuable lessons that will do me good in the future. Continue reading

January 5

How to Become a Better Writer #HalloweenDiction

Practice. The unprofound, and hated truth.

Well believe it or not, with every passing year as we complete essay after strenuous essay in our English classes, we are indeed getting better. Initially progress is slow, as we’re occupied by the technicalities-  learning that bare bones  structure of an essay, those infernal do’s and don’ts of grammar, and so on. But after these concepts have bled through our consciousness, as to have become second nature,  we’re able to find voice in our writing. We’re able to develop our own style, and moor away from the rules adding flesh to our works.

Maybe you’ll never love writing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be good at it. Read, learn new words be inspired by others, find you voice. And most of all, never be discouraged by a bad grade. Think of failure as an opportunity to get better- by coming to the writing center!!

December 14

PWC Closed on December 18

The Patriot Writing Center tutors want to wish the students and faculty of PVHS a very happy Winter Break. We will be OPEN this week on Monday and Wednesday during 3rd block, so make your appointment today. 

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We will be closed on December 18th so that we can enjoy the school spirit festivities.

Visit the PVHS Library for details about the Winter Reading Challenge!

Visit the PVHS Library for details about the Winter Reading Challenge!

Please participate in the PVHS Winter Reading Challenge! Visit the library for details!

December 11

How to Defeat Writer’s Block!

Hypothetical (or, perhaps, actual) situation: You’re a student, and you have a paper to write.  You sit down at your desk and begin your assignment. However, a disaster occurs! You find yourself unable to come up with something to write about. Your mind draws blanks as to what should be discussed in your paper. You have, what they call, a terrible case of writer’s block. You start to panic. Whatever will you do? The answer: write.

I know, it sounds paradoxical. You don’t know what to write about, so you just start writing. It seems contradictory, but believe me, it’s the only solution to the problem. If you put off the writing until later, you will keep putting it off until the night before the paper is due without a clue of what to write about. There is no way around it. You can only get through by combating the issue head on. Thus, in order to defeat writer’s block, you write.

So you write. You write about anything. You write about trees, airplanes, turtles. You write about how your day went. You write about your thoughts on the assignment. You write about your writer’s block. You write whatever comes to your mind on a particular subject. The bottom line is: you write.

And don’t worry if what you write looks like a word vomit mess. There are two reasons why this solution works:

  1. You get the gears in your head moving
  2. You can find little bits of good information from your writing that you can put in your paper

You know what to do. You look at that word vomit mess. You look at it, and just like any painting by Jackson Pollock (an artist famous for his paintings that honestly look like a mess), you will find some sort of beauty there. In this case, beauty means something you can use for your paper. And you take that beauty, that information, and you work from there.

And that is how you defeat writer’s block.