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Academic Support & Access Center

Writing Lab

Students discussing a paper in the writing lab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drop-in Tutoring Day!

The ASAC is hosting the Drop-in Tutoring Day, on Sunday, April 30th, 11am-4pm, in MGC 3, 4, & 5.
Open to all students. No reservation needed. Show up at any time with your papers!
Free coffee and study snacks!!!!!

 

What does the Writing Lab do?

The Writing Lab, located in the Academic Support and Access Center in MGC 243, provides individual writing assistance as well as group workshops.

Expert writing counselors help students with every step of the writing process.

To learn how to use the Scheduler and about our policies, please download our Guidelines.


Online-only support! 

For writing support after hours (8pm-10pm) and on the weekends, check the 'Writing Online Only' schedule. Writing counselors will be available online MON-WED-THU, 8pm-10pm, SAT 12pm-4pm, and SUN 12pm-5pm.

Access the Scheduler and make an appointment

Grammar Workshop Materials

You can download the Powerpoints and Handouts from the links below!

Article Usage: 'The', 'A', or 'An'? - PPT

Article Usage: 'The', 'A', or 'An'? - Exercise

Article Usage: 'The', 'A', or 'An'? - Exercise Answer Keys

Verb Tenses I: PPT

Verb Tenses I: Chart

Verb Tenses I: Practice

Verb Tenses II: PPT

Verb Tenses II: Exercise

Verb Tenses II: Answer Keys

Sentence Structure I: Punctuation PPT

Sentence Structure I: Punctuation Activity

Sentence Structure I: Punctuation Answer Key

Sentence Structure II: Transitions and Prepositions PPT

Sentence Structure II: Activity

Sentence Structure II: Answer Key

Other Most Common Grammar Mistakes: PPT

 

How does the Writing Lab help students?

A Writing Lab counselor can assist with every stage of the writing process:

  • Brainstorming from your assignment
  • Writing thesis statements
  • Outlining an argument
  • Creating smooth transitions
  • Recognizing recurrent grammatical errors

Experienced counselors evaluate drafts, identify areas for improvement, and explain strategies for effective essay structure. While they do not offer proofreading or editing services, they do offer advice on time management and project management techniques and also provide encouragement to help students become better writers.

 

Do writing counselors help with grammar?

Yes! While writing counselors will not proofread your paper or simply fix grammar mistakes, they will help you a) identify recurring errors; b) understand and correct the mistakes; c) provide additional resources.

 

What do students say about the Writing Lab?

  • The counselor created an atmosphere that was comfortable, personable, and one of learning - for both of us. She wanted to understand me and my challenges, before undertaking the task, which was reassuring. 
  • The counselor was encouraging and affirming in my work - without knowing that that was mostly what I needed from her. I will definitely be coming back to keep her busy!
  • The counselor was very helpful. Instead of just telling what mistakes I made she showed them to me, making me find them myself. She was able to provide me with a clear understanding of how an essay is supposed to work. She was very warm and very approachable, I would love to do more writing with her.  
  • The counselor helped me understand my topic and create an amazing outline, thanks!   
  • She has been the best writing tutor I've ever had. She is personable, knowledgeable, and has taught me valuable writing skills and techniques. 
  • The counselor is very patient and provides valuable feedback. I am very grateful for her continued help this semester.  Yeah!
  • The counselor helped me improve my writing skill so much! Thanks so much!

 

Who can use the Writing Lab?

Any student enrolled in a credit course at AU, undergraduate or graduate, full or part-time, degree or non-degree, is eligible to use the Writing Lab. Writing Lab counselors are specially qualified and trained to work with students with learning disabilities and ADHD, as well as international students and non-native speakers of English.


What else does the Writing Lab offer?

Each semester counselors offer a number of workshops about writing research papers, including:
  • Planning and Editing Papers
  • Writing Research Papers

The workshop schedule is available online or can be picked up in the Academic Support and Access Center. Contact the Writing Lab by e-mail at tutoring@american.edu or stop by the Academic Support and Access Center in Mary Graydon 243.

 

What are the differences between the Writing Lab and the Writing Center?

The Writing Center and the Writing Lab are two separate offices providing similar services to all AU students. The Writing Center is located in the American University library and the Writing Lab is located at the ASAC in Mary Graydon Center 243. If there are no appointments available in one location, please try the other.

Writing Center Website

For more writing resources visit the Writing Resources site.