For the Fall 2017 term, the Writing Center will present workshops to help you polish up your graduate admission essay, write your discussion board posts, and learn to work through any stage of the writing process. We are presenting a workshop series, "The APA Research Paper" which will break down the process of writing an APA style research paper.

Each workshop will be presented in the Student Success Commons, B1216.
There is no pre-registration required. Just ask the receptionist for the specific room number. Below, you will find session descriptions, as well as dates and times. Please contact the Writing Center through the Student Success Commons's main number: (708) 534-4090 with any questions.

  • Finding Your Focus

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    Finding exactly what you want to write about and understanding why you want to write about are both important. Putting that information into writing is a key part of a successful piece of writing. In this session, we will discuss arriving at and writing a focus statement.   

     

    Finding Your Focus:

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 2:00-3:00 pm
    Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 5:00-6:00pm


    Student Success Commons Room B1216

     

  • Organizing Your Writing

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    Shaping your writing in a way that is easy for the reader to follow will make your writing more effective. This workshop will help you determine where your own writing might "go off the path" and guide you toward organizing your work in the best manner possible. 

     

    Organizing Your Writing:

    Monday, September 18, 2017 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, October 11, 2017 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.    


    Student Success Commons Room B1216 
     

       

     

  • Mastering Literature Reviews

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    Whether you are writing a literature review as a stand-alone assignment or as a chapter of a graduate thesis or dissertation, understanding the format, purpose, and organization of a literature review will serve you well in your research. This workshop clarifies all aspects of the literature review.

     

    Mastering Literature Reviews

    Tuesday, October 3, 2017 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, November 8, 2017 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    Thursday, December 7, 2017 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

     


    Student Success Commons B1216 

     

     

     

  • Supporting Your Ideas

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    Giving your reader enough information to understand and believe what you wrote is very important. This workshop will discuss the elements of successful writing: giving definitions of specialized language, providing examples that make a point, and perhaps even relying on outside sources to support your work. 

     

    Supporting Your Ideas:

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    Thursday, October 19, 2017 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.


    Student Success Commons Room B1216



     

     

  • Style and Mechanics

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    One of the ways that readers determine that a writer is "reliable" and "educated" is grammatically correct writing. This workshop will provide methods for proofreading your work to find and correct these kinds of errors in your writing.  

     

    Styles and Mechanics:

    Monday, September 25, 2017 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
     

    Student Success Commons Room B1216

     
     

     

     

  • The APA Research Paper: Getting Started

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    Make a plan and make the grade! This workshop will show you how to find the resources that you need to write an almost stress-free research paper. Included will be discussions of analyzing the assignment to make certain your paper is on target; APA documentation styles and where to find the templates and information that make it so much easier; and the importance of developing a focus statement to make organizing the paper a snap. 
    Getting Started Powerpoint
     
    The Research Paper: Getting Started:  Session 1

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017 6:00 -7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, October 4, 2017 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, October 31, 2017 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


    Student Success Commons Room B1216
     


     

  • The APA Research Paper: Mastering APA Documentation Style

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    From templates to make formatting a snap, crediting sources in your paper, to following rules about contractions, this workshop will help you navigate APA formatting and style. If APA makes you nervous, come to this workshop!
    APA Style Powerpoint
     
    Mastering APA Documentation Style:  Session 2

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, November 7, 2017 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

     

    Student Success Commons Room B1216
     

     

     
     

  • The APA Research Paper: How to Use Your Sources without Plagiarizing: Paraphrasing without Pain

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    This workshop will show you how to paraphrase your sources so that you don’t plagiarize, as well as show you how to credit each source properly. Included will be discussion of plagiarism and ways to make absolutely certain that you avoid it, and the easiest way to properly format your Reference Page.  
    Paraphrasing and Citing Powerpoint
     
    How to Use Your Sources without Plagiarizing - Paraphrasing without Pain:  Session 3

    Tuesday September 12, 2017 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, November 14, 2017 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


    Student Success Commons Room B1216
     

  • The APA Research Paper: Finishing Touches

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    Almost finished with the research paper, but not quite? This workshop will show you what to look for to make certain that you submit a winning paper; an editing checklist to show you what to look for and resources to provide knowledgeable revision suggestions will be offered.  
    Finishing Touches Powerpoint 

     

    The Research Paper:  Finishing Touches: Session 4

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:00 -7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


    Student Success Commons Room B1216

     

  • Writing Responses, Reflections, Essays, and Strong Discussion Posts

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    Boost the power of your informal class writing with this workshop. Discussions of the resources available, plans for approaching the writing, and ways to power them up will lead to making your contributions really count. 
    Writing Strong Discussion Board Posts, Reflections, Critical Reviews, and Essays Powerpoint

     

    Writing Responses, Reflections, Essays, and Strong Discussion Board Posts

    Thursday, September 28, 2017 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

     


    Student Success Commons Room B1216
     

  • Winning Essays for Standardized Tests, Scholarships, and Graduate Admission Applications

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    Are you thinking about applying for a scholarship? Need to write an essay for admission to graduate school? Boost your chances with a winning essay. Showcase your strengths and talents so the selection committee will be certain that you are the best choice. This workshop will offer the "dos and don'ts" for writing a good essay, help you develop a plan, and provide sources for further one on one help during the process.

     

    Winning Essays for Standardized Tests, Scholarships, and Graduate School Admission Applications

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, November 30, 2017 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
     

    Student Success Commons Room B1216