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Big changes at the Writing Centre: It’s now the Communications Skills Help Desk@NP


Come get to know the Help Desk helpers — Ashleender, Anne, Eileen, Joey

Big changes in the “Writing Centre”! For one, we changed the name – the new Communications Skills Help Desk@NP is a new, exciting revamp of our student peer support around English writing skills. For the past few years, four students have volunteered to spend a portion of their lunch hours helping their peers improve their English writing skills and consequently improving their assignments. This year we decided to head over to Dover Road and consult with Deng Xudong, Director, Centre for Communication Skills at SIT, to try and create a systematic plan for all the students studying in the SIT@NP building.

After a few weeks of figuring out the best way to go, Xudong agreed to give the Wheelock students some support of their own, some specialised training and supervision if they were willing to support not only their Wheelock peers, but the students from University of Glasgow and University of Newcastle as well. The new Communications Skills Help Desk@NP launched in September!

Want to get to know the Help Desk students? Here they are! Come visit anytime. The sign-up sheet is posted on the 8th floor notice board. Improving your writing is a lifelong learning effort. Get started now!

“A writer is a photographer of thoughts”- Brandon A. Trean. Writing to Anne Chua is about self-expression; a process of putting her thoughts, ideas and reflections into words. She believes strongly in individuality in writing and that everyone is a writer in their own rights. She also believes that reading and writing comes hand in hand and enjoys reading and collecting both children and adult literatures. Some of Anne’s favourite authors are Harper Lee, Khaled Hosseini, Julia Donaldson and Peter H. Reynolds.

Ashleender Kaur enjoys meeting people from all walks of life as there is plenty that we can learn from one another. She believes that there is true beauty in language which is why she has a great passion for reading and writing, dedicating her holidays to spending time with children who need the extra help in these areas. Ashleender believes that everyone is a writer and hope that the Writing Centre becomes a platform where writing experiences are enhanced in a calming environment. We can all excel as writers as long as we learn to love writing, much like what Doris Lessing says, “You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing.”

Eileen Chia has always been intrigued in learning about children’s language and literacy experiences and takes great delight in reading a wide array of children’s literature. She finds comfort in writing as a means of regulating her thoughts and feelings, and believes that writing allows one to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, of the world, or even a weave of both: themselves in this world.

Joey Lim views communication as one of the most important aspect of our being. As an individual who enjoys reading and watching films, Joey hopes to influence her peers to develop a passion for the language and impart skills that will help them excel academically.

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