Loyola University Maryland

The Writing Center

Resources for Graduate Students

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The Loyola Writing Center is a great resource for advanced academic writing. Grad students can access assistance from all three Loyola campuses. We offer in-person appointments, as well as online appointments for graduate students. You will need to schedule an appointment for either type of appointment. When making appointments, please note that a one-hour appointment can cover just a certain amount of information in a paper, probably 5-7 pages, depending on the topic and style of writing.

General Information About Online Appointments

Online consultations are a unique service we provide to our graduate students. In order to use it, you still must make an appointment with us, so our tutors are provided a scheduled amount of time to review your assignment. Your appointment will take place in real time, as a live Google+ hangout. Since you will be chatting with your tutor you must be present at your computer with internet access at the time of your appointment, just as you would for a face-to-face appointment.

You will need a free Gmail/Google+ account in order to access the Writing Center’s online appointment services. Documents such as your paper or other matierals that you wish to share with a tutor will be viewed through the GoogleDocs associated with your Gmail account. Your tutor can talk you through how to upload and share a document at the time of your session if you have never done this before.

Writing Groups

Research has shown that graduate student writing success increases as peer support increases. As one scholar put it, "graduate students tend to be their own best resource." With this in mind, the Writing Center helps graduate students organize and run informal peer groups, in which students support each other in their writing projects.

Graduate student writing groups consist of a cadre of grad students and one group leader, who is either a Loyola Writing Center faculty member or a Loyola graduate student serving as a tutor at the Writing Center.

Groups are free to set their own meeting schedule but usually meet one hour per month at a mutually agreed upon time and place.

The group meetings revolve around a relaxed (but focused) conversation about the writing concerns/experiences of its members. Such groups offer ways for grad students to pool knowledge and available resources, provide emotional and practical support to one another, share drafts, expand their thinking about their writing processes and products, and enhance their connections to the larger graduate community.

To sign up, please fill out the registration form.

Programs and Workshops

Exploring the Academic Writing Process
Feb 23rd, 2014 — Sellinger Hall Rm 104, 2-4pm
Critical reading and writing skills live at the core of confident and purposeful graduate writing. This workshop aims to introduce new and returning graduate students to the processes and strategies necessary for successful research-based, academic writing. Improve your time management and lessen anxiety by enhancing your grasp of the conventions and expectations of scholarly discourse at the graduate level. Participants will receive resources that they can take with them and apply for future use.
 
Methods of Analysis in Graduate Writing
Mar 23rd, 2014 — Sellinger Hall Rm 104, 2-4pm
Often professors urge their students to “do more analysis”, but just as often these words leave some students unsure of how to go about meeting that challenge. This hands-on workshop will present the fundamentals of written analysis to help graduate students improve their critical thinking and writing skills, while providing examples from several disciplines. Participants will work through exercises and receive resources that they can take with them and apply for future use.
 
Synthesizing Sources for Graduate Research Writing
April 13th, 2014 — Sellinger Hall Rm 104, 2-4pm

We often describe scholarly writing as a ‘conversation’, but what does that really mean? Mastering the art of multivoiced writing can provide a gateway to professional publication and original thinking. This hands-on workshop will discuss strategies for productively synthesizing the ideas of other writers with the goal of providing methods for shaping one’s own voice and ideas in a scholarly discourse.

 

To sign up, please fill out the registration form here.