The Academic Center workshops cover a wide variety of writing-related topics and general study skills and are heavily student-focused, interactive, and hands-on. Please note that some workshops require students to have materials to work with (prerequisites) or have the option to be customized for your preferences.
Instructors are required to be present throughout the workshop.
Academic Integrity (45 Minutes)
Students explore issues of academic integrity through scenario-based discussions not confined to issues of plagiarism in writing. We can customize the workshop for your preferences, just choose seven to ten of these Scenarios or let us know if we should make a selection for you.
Materials: Academic Integrity Workshop Script
Thesis Development (45 Minutes)
The Thesis Workshop focuses on defining and explaining what a thesis is as well as its importance to the rest of a well-developed paper. Students will participate in activities that will teach them what a thesis is, how to evaluate a thesis, and finally, how to write a thesis based on a hypothetical topic. The Thesis Workshop also provides students with examples and handouts which may be helpful to them as they begin their writing process.
The main activity of the workshop is currently tailored toward a general audience; students will be asked to build theses based on any of a number of words, for example: poverty, education, sports, pets, etc. However, if you would prefer a specific subject, let us know ahead of time/when you schedule the workshop. The workshop can be best tailored to your class if you send us your assignment at least a week ahead of time.
Close Reading (45 Minutes)
The Close Reading Workshop intends to equip students with a set of strategies they can use to aid them in their analysis of difficult readings. The importance of close reading is discussed along with a number of potential strategies. Students will read a short section from a novel or a course-related text of your choice to establish the strategies they are using or could be using, and then use those strategies in an organized way after reading excerpts from a more difficult text. The workshop also provides students with examples and handouts which may be helpful to them as they begin their writing process.
The main activity of the workshop is currently tailored toward a general audience; students will be asked to read a short section from a novel as well as passages from Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish. However, if you would prefer a specific reading, let us know ahead of time/when you schedule the Workshop.
Organization: Outlining/Reverse Outlining (45 Minutes)
Prerequisites for outline: Students must have a paper/assignment they are ready to begin
Prerequisites for reverse outline: Students must have a paper they are ready to revise
The Organization Workshop focuses on teaching students the importance of a well-organized paper. Topics discussed include structural elements (topic sentences, transitions), logical and clear flow of ideas, and effective introductions and conclusions. The Organization Workshop also provides students with examples and handouts which may be helpful to them as they begin their writing process.
The main activity of the workshop involves creating an outline based on a topic or evaluating an already completed assignment with a reverse outline. Please note that in order for this workshop to run, there must be some assignment for students to work on.
Materials for Outline:
Pre-Writing (45 Minutes)
Prerequisites: None, but it helps if students have a topic to write about. If necessary we can provide them with simple ideas as examples.
The Pre-writing activity engages students in a conversation about various things to keep in mind while preparing to write. The workshop opens with a discussion about time management and then progresses into demonstrations of various techniques of drafting a paper or writing assignment including freewriting, bubbling/diagramming/mapping, and brainstorming with others. If there is a different, specific method that you would like us to use, let us know when you schedule the workshop and we will add it to the presentation (please note that outlining is part of our organization workshop).
Materials: Pre-Writing Workshop Script
Concise Writing (45 Minutes)
Prerequisites: Students should have a completed draft of a writing assignment. However, there is an option for students to edit a provided piece of writing. Note: This workshop is great for helping students through the editing process thus it is ideally given between a rough draft and a final draft.
The Concise Writing Workshop engages students in a discussion about some problem areas that are common in writing such as wordiness, repetitiveness, and passive voice. Along with the discussion there is a worksheet that students will complete in groups and go over as a class, helping them gain the skills necessary to identify and correct specific problems in sentences. Students will then break into pairs and review a draft of an assignment, identifying and discussing their problem areas that they learned about throughout the workshop. Note: we can provide a short section of writing that can be used instead of students working on their own assignments. This provides students with an opportunity to go over the edits that they have attempted in a way that is better for the setting than if they were to use their own writing.
Citation and Using Sources (45 Minutes)
The Citation and Using Sources workshop is offered for both MLA and APA styles. Students will receive quick reference guides for using quotes as well as formatting citations. The first activity asks students to edit citation formatting on the most common types of sources used by students, including journal articles, books, sections from anthologies, and website articles. This workshop also includes a discussion of proper quotation formatting as well as the difference between direct quotes, paraphrasing, and summary.
Peer Review (45 Minutes)
Prerequisites: students should have a completed draft of writing.
Students learn to critically read each other’s papers and provide constructive feedback to peers. We will customize a peer review workshop for the instructor’s specific assignment.
Materials: Peer Review Guide
Time Management/Study Skills (45 Minutes)
Tutors will lead a workshop in time management and study skills that can apply to any class regardless of course subject.