Honors

Honors Writing at the Hume Center

The Hume Center for Writing and Speaking provides many resources to help you with your Honors project.

HONORS THESIS WRITING BOOT CAMPS

EVERY SUNDAY FROM OCTOBER 8 THROUGH THE END OF MAY 2018, 2-6 PM, Hume #106

ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED.  WE ONLY ASK THAT YOU ARRIVE ON TIME IN ORDER FOR THE CAMP TO BE MOST EFFECTIVE FOR EVERYONe.

We provide you with a quiet space to get motivated. You show up ready to write. A brief opening session will help you set writing goals and a writing tutor will be available who can answer questions about your writing or talk with you about specific sections of your thesis.  Snacks and drinks are provided.

If Sunday afternoons don't work for your schedule and you would like to arrange for a boot camp for you and a group of friends at another time, please write to us with some possible evenings or weekends that will fit your schedule.

MATERIALS FOR PRODUCTIVE WRITING

A writing log promotes detailed record keeping and tracking of your daily writing accomplishments. Here is a writing log template you can use.

A daily planner helps you set realistic goals for each writing session. Here is a daily planner you can use.

WRITING CONSULTATIONS

Theses are difficult new genres for undergraduates because a thesis is usually the longest piece of sustained research writing they produce.  In addition to assisting students with traditional writing issues such as clarifying argument and thesis, framing research, improving transitions or providing revision strategies, our writing consultants also work with students on scheduling and planning, staying motivated, overcoming writer’s block, and assessing a writing schedule for the honors thesis. 

To find a consultant whose background and interests match yours, please review the biographies of lecturer and graduate student consultants. Students may arrange to make on-going weekly or bi-weekly appointments with a specific consultant. Talk with your chosen consultant about how to make this arrangement.

CONSULTATIONS FOR MULTIMEDIA/ DIGITAL or ORAL PRESENTATIONS  

The Hume Center also offers Oral Communication or Digital Media consultations for students working on presentations or visual and multimedia projects related to the Honors thesis. Tutors will help you communicate more clearly and effectively in front of an audience or through the design and visual display of information on research posters or PowerPoint/Prezi.

Learn more about Digital Media Tutoring

Learn more about Oral Communication Tutoring

 WORKSHOPS

You can request a workshop or ask your faculty advisor to request one. Workshop topics include writing the Honors proposal, managing the Honors thesis, and learning to write in accordance with the conventions of a particular field. To request a workshop, write to us at humecenter@stanford.edu.

RESOURCES

Go to our Student Resource Page to find handouts and materials of use for Honors thesis planning and writing.