Student Resources

Individual Appointments

The SAW Center invites all current MHC and 5-College students enrolled in a MHC course to meet with an experienced SAW peer mentor to discuss their work and process. Appointments are available Sunday through Friday during the academic year. Students may sign up for an appointment using our online scheduler or visit the SAW Center during a morning/evening drop-in hour.

Campus-Wide Workshops

Throughout the academic year, the SAW Program offers writing and public speaking workshops that are open to MHC community of learners. To view a list of upcoming workshops, please visit the News & Events page.

Thesis Writing Support

The Thesis Writing Circle is open to all thesis-writing seniors and is designed to provide ongoing writing support, structure, and space for thesis writers. This group is led by SAW peer mentors and offers thesis writers the opportunity to write-on-site and discuss their work in a relaxed, distraction-free environment. Group participants have the opportunity to discuss and refine your thesis writing goals, stay motivated with the help of their peers, receive feedback and advice on their writing, and discuss strategies for overcoming writer’s block and other obstacles that impede progress. This group meets Sunday afternoon, 2-4pm, in Dwight 20l during the academic year. If you are interested in joining this group, please email saw@mtholyoke.edu to be added to the group contact list to receive important updates. 

In addition the weekly writing circle, the SAW Program offers workshops throughout the semester to support thesis writers. Fall 2017 workshops include:

Plan and Prioritize Your Thesis Research
Tuesday, October 17, 5-7PM, Dwight 202
As you begin wrapping up your research and focusing on writing, this workshop will cover how to stay focused and productive. We will discuss ways to get started, keep yourself on schedule, and keep your writing process organize

Time to Write: Scheduling, Habits, and Organization
Wednesday, November 8, 7-9PM, Dwight 202
As you begin wrapping up your research and focusing on writing, this workshop will cover how to stay focused and productive. We will discuss ways to get started, keep yourself on schedule, and keep your writing process organize

Managing Thesis Stress
Wednesday, November 29, 7-9PM, Dwight 202
In this workshop we will talk about how to recognize and manage stress that is related to or affecting your senior thesis work. We will walk you through easy and adaptable strategies for calming the mind and relieving tension, including breathing exercises, muscle relaxation and visualization.

Interested students should email saw@mtholyoke.edu to register for thesis workshops.