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Comment demander un devis au Centre d’Ecriture

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En octobre dernier nous avons annoncé le lancement officiel d’un nouveau service pour les étudiants : le Centre d’Écriture de Horizons University. Le service est disponible et fonctionnel depuis trois mois, il est également accessible via sa propre page sur le site officiel de Horizons University. Depuis sa création, nous nous attachons à étudier et améliorer les moyens d’intégrer vos suggestions et à vous offrir une orientation personnalisée.

Fidèles à cet esprit, nous avons à présent conçu un Formulaire de demande de devis : le formulaire disponible sur internet est facile d’accès et très simple à remplir. De plus, il vous permet de charger votre fichier et de soumettre votre demande de devis d’un simple clic : vos demandes nous parviennent rapidement et efficacement.

Nous pensons que cette procédure simplifiée vous aidera à analyser et définir vos besoins tout en donnant au personnel du Centre d’Écriture la possibilité de vous offrir les meilleures options de révision, rapidement.

Voici un témoignage d’une de nos étudiantes, Lisa (Master en Communication Interculturelle – MACCC), qui a eu recours aux services du Centre d’Écriture :

“Le Centre d’Écriture a été pour moi une grande opportunité car j’ai pu améliorer mes compétences rédactionnelles et obtenir de l’aide grâce à la révision générale de mes devoirs. C’est une offre utile, en particulier pour les étudiants dont la langue maternelle n’est pas l’anglais, car nous recevons beaucoup de bons conseils sur ce que l’on pourrait améliorer. Il propose également une assistance si vous avez des doutes sur le formatage APA qui peut être très utile si vous n’êtes pas habitué aux règles. Même si le service est payant, il n’est pas si cher et c’est de l’argent bien investi !”

Qu’en pensez-vous ? Quels autres services de révision devons-nous améliorer? Quelles nouveautés attendez-vous de ce service ? N’hésitez pas à nous laisser vos commentaires pour nous aider à aller toujours plus loin, avec vous !

Horizons University lance son Centre d’Ecriture

Copy of Now Opening!L’écriture, outil fascinant, puissant et valorisant… Tous nos étudiants – diplômés ou non – ont recours à l’écriture académique durant leurs études chez Horizons University… et même après. C’est pourquoi nous voulons les munir des compétences nécessaires pour devenir des écrivains confiants et exceller dans la rédaction de devoirs de niveau professionnel : c’est pour cette raison que Horizons University a lancé son propre Centre d’Écriture.

Le Centre a déjà ouvert ses portes à TOUS les étudiants de Horizons University, ainsi que ceux des autres écoles via la page prévue à cet effet sur le site de Horizons University. Grâce à un simple clic, les anglophones et les non-anglophones peuvent désormais soumettre leur travail pour bénéficier d’une aide rédactionnelle et de services professionnels :

– Révision générale conforme au format APA

– Révision générale de la grammaire / ponctuation

– Révision complète conforme au format APA et de la grammaire / ponctuation

Fidèle à notre mission, le Centre est également très flexible : l’accès en ligne est possible à tout moment, un prix fixe peut être négocié pour les documents dépassant un certain nombre de pages, les étudiants peuvent décider quelles pages doivent être révisées et comment. Cette même flexibilité s’applique aux formats de fichier acceptés.

En dehors des services de révision, le Centre d’Écriture propose un lot de ressources éducatives, incluant les documents pour aider les étudiants à structurer leurs devoirs, mémoires ou thèses au format APA.

En coulisses, Alison Draper, rédactrice en chef : disponible à tout moment pour aider les étudiants grâce à des services personnalisés, à une orientation efficace et toute une panoplie d’options qui sauront répondre à leurs besoins spécifiques.

Le Centre d’Écriture a été créé en tant que service centré sur l’étudiant, respectant le style de chacun et l’approche personnelle, tout en encourageant l’excellence professionnelle et intellectuelle dans la rédaction et la façon de penser. Grâce au Centre d’Écriture, l’étudiant bénéficie d’une meilleure compréhension des exigences professionnelles et rédactionnelles ainsi que d’une plus grande chance d’être publié dans une revue pour ceux qui rédigent des thèses.

Avez-vous des doutes sur le format de votre mémoire, références, bibliographie ou des questions sur la ponctuation ou l’argumentation ? Le Centre d’Écriture est là pour vous assister dans le développement de vos compétences rédactionnelles et de réflexion.

Soyez le premier à recevoir les toutes dernières nouvelles du Centre d’Écriture : abonnez-vous à notre newsletter HorizoNews et suivez-nous sur Twitter et Facebook pour les mises à jour régulières.

Les demandes à caractère général peuvent être transmises à Allison Draper, rédactrice en chef du Centre d’Écriture, à cette adresse writingcenter@huparis.eu.

Writing Center: A Smoother Process!

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Back in October we announced the official launching of a brand new student service: the Horizons University Writing Center. The service has been up and running for three months now and is accessible from its very own page on Horizons University’s official website. We are working hard to study and implement the best ways to incorporate suggestions into the service and offer you customized guidance.

Within this framework, we have devised a Quotation Request Form: the Internet-based form is easily accessible, very straightforward to fill out and allows you to upload your file and submit your request with a simple click of the mouse. Your requests will reach us quickly and efficiently.

We believe the streamlined process will help you analyze and define your needs while giving the Writing Center Staff the possibility to offer the best editing options possible within an enhanced response time.

 One of our students, Lisa (Master’s in Cross-Cultural Communication) has been resorting to the Writing Center Services and shares her feedback with us:

“The Writing Center was a great opportunity for me to improve my writing
skills and get some help with the general editing of my assignments.
Especially for students whose mother tongue is not English, it is a great
offer to get some advice on what can be improved.  They also offer
assistance if you have doubts about your APA formatting which can be quite
helpful if you are not too familiar with the rules, yet. Even if you have
to pay a bit for their service, it is not too expensive and it is
well-–invested money!”

Let us know what you think too – are there any other editing services you would like to see implemented? – and what could further improve the process by leaving your comment here.

How to Write a Paper: A step by step guide to getting started

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Sitting down to write a paper, thesis, or dissertation can be a really intimidating experience. First you have to choose a topic, a thesis, gather information, cite your information and then write the entire thing. It’s not the easiest task, but it doesn’t have to crush your soul either. In fact, there are simple steps you can take to make your writing experience precise, productive, and dare I say, entertaining. At Horizons University, we also have a commitment to producing written works in accordance with the APA style formatting for papers. Here are some tips to get you started with your professional writing endeavors!

For example purposes we’re going to write a paper about coffee.

Step One: Shake It Off, Line It Up

Before getting started jump around, shake your body, do some jumping jacks. Have you done them? Good. Now, sit down. We’re going to talk about how to outline your paper before beginning. A typical paper has an introduction (depending on the length of the paper it can be anywhere from a paragraph to a page or two). The introduction serves to introduce the topic to the reader. What are the main points you want to touch on and what is some background you can provide someone who isn’t well versed on your topic? Always write as if the reader is someone who knows nothing about your subject. Then organize the main points or chapters you’ll have in your paper to line up in a fluid order. Each sub-topic/chapter of your paper so have its own list of bullet points. Finishing with a conclusion (serving as a summary of what you’ve discussed as well as ). Having an outline will help you with structure, as well as where to insert your citations throughout the paper (make your reference/works cited document as you go! It’s a pain to go back and try to make sure you’ve included everyone when the paper is written!!!). Don’t forget to mark where you’ll be adding tables and charts!

Example/ Intro: Coffee

  • Coffee is a drink coming from many parts of the world
  • popular social culture
  • has physical effects on the body
  • Thesis: It can be proven that coffee is the greatest drink in the world, with amazing business potential.

History of Coffee:

  • origin of coffee
  • first ever coffee shops
  • starbucks
  • coffee in everyday life

Dive deeper into physical effects

  • chemical makeup of coffee
  • how it works
  • caffeine intake/effects
  • Addictive tendencies

Ways to make coffee

  • grinding the beans
  • french press
  • filtered coffee
  • spanish coffee maker

Top Grossing Coffee Companies* (according to: http://www.therichest.com/business/companies-business/the-five-largest-coffee-shop-chains-on-earth/)

  • McCafé (insert table)
  • Costa Coffee
  • Tim Hortons
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Starbucks (chart of success rate and production, as well as how often chains open)

Conclusion

  • Lot of competition in the coffee industry
  • reiterate why people like it so much (the benefits)
  • While it should be consumed in moderation, it’s still the greatest in the world.

Step Two: Research
It’s important that throughout the writing process you are constantly researching. While researching, it is important that you consistently record where you read information. Whether it be an article online, or from a book it is imperative that with every citation, quote, table, or fact you want to use in your paper that you know exactly where the information came from and “when” for validity purposes of the data. My suggestion is to be keeping a dedicated recording space for all citations (there are plenty of sources online including Zotero, and Noodlebib among others). This will make the final editing easier so you don’t have to go back once you’ve quoted something and try to rediscover where you read it the first time (a good way to do this is by tagging your files, keeping a general document of sources, and the date you accessed them-if they are online.)
Step Three: Just write

There is no such thing as a perfect first draft. In fact, more often than not there are ONLY pretty awful first drafts. But that isn’t a reason to be discouraged! By getting all of your ideas flowing and onto the page you rid yourself of the pressure to be perfect the first time. Anything worth reading has been editted and altered many times. So, follow that timeline and get all of your thoughts out of your head and onto your computer screen! See our previous newsletter on “Writer’s Block” if you’re having trouble getting your creative juices flowing! Here’s a link so you can subscribe at the bottom of the page, if you haven’t done so already!
http://www.horizonsuniversity.org/

Step Four: Proofread

Proofread section by section. That will make the overall task of revising your paper less daunting. Be sure look out for any grammar mistakes. Including the use of commas, colons, semi-colons, quotes and parentheses. This is also an excellent opportunity to check to see if your citations are accurate. Do you reference where you’re supposed to? Do your paragraphs flow together with easy-to-follow transitions?

Step Five: APA Format!

  • To get you started on the right foot here are a few simple formatting tips
  • Font: Times New Roman 12 pt. font (exception made for tables and figures 8pt.-14 pt.)
  • Double Space. Not extra space after headings.
  • A margin of 1inch (2.54cm)
  • ½ inch (5 spaces) indentation at the beginning of paragraphs
  • SPACE TWICE AFTER PUNCTUATION MARKS AT THE END OF A SENTENCE!*** Make sure you are doing this as you go along!
  • Include Headings for each section/chapter, as well as a running heading that goes across the top of each page. It is a short header, an abbreviated version of the title of your paper.

Hopefully this gets you started with writing your papers! Remember any questions can be referred to me, Danielle, as the Chief Editor of the writing center. I’d be happy to send you any further documents to help you get started!

-Danielle Carney
Chief Editor of the Writing Center
danielle.carney@huparis.eu

Horizons University Launches its Writing Center!

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Writing is a fascinating, powerful and empowering tool. All our students – undergraduates and graduates alike – resort to academic writing throughout their studies at Horizons University…and beyond. This is why we want to provide them with the necessary skills to become confident writers and excel in the production of professional level papers.  This is why Horizons University launches its Writing Center.

The Center will open its online doors in the next few days and will be easily accessible to ALL Horizons University students as well as students from other schools via the dedicated page on the Horizons University site. With a simple click of the mouse English native speakers and non-native speakers can now submit their work for writing support and benefit from any of the professional services offered:

-General Revision of APA formatting

-General Revision of Grammar/Punctuation

Full Edit of Document including APA Formatting and Grammar/Punctuation revision

True to Horizons University’s mission, the Center also offers great flexibility: it can be accessed online anytime, a set price can be negotiated for documents longer than a certain amount of pages, and students can decide which, and how many pages of their document they want to have edited. The same flexibility applies to accepted file formats.

Besides revision services, the Writing Center also offers a set of instructional materials, including several documents to help students structure their papers, theses, or dissertations according to APA formatting.

Behind the scenes, skilled and supportive editor Danielle Carney is available to provide students with tailored services, efficient guidance throughout the composition process and to find the options best suited to their specific needs.

The Writing Center has been designed as a learner-centered service respecting every writer’s individual style and approach, while  encouraging professional and intellectual excellence in writing and thinking. Utilizing the Writing Center will benefit the student providing a better understanding of professional, written requirements and a higher chance of being published in a journal for those writing dissertations.

Do you have a doubt about your thesis format, references, bibliography or a question about punctuation or argumentation? The Writing Center is here to assist you in developing your writing and thinking skills!

Be the the first to receive the latest news about the Writing Center in the days to come: subscribe to our newsletter HorizoNews and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates.

General inquiries can be forwarded to Danielle Carney, the Chief Editor of the Writing Center at writingcenter@huparis.eu