Loyola University Maryland

The Writing Center

Resources for Graduate Students

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. Graduate students may schedule appointments in Tutor Trac. Please note, however, 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. If you have a long paper you may need to plan on more than one appointment over the course of the week. In order to ensure everyone has equal access to the center and to create productive working conditions for our tutors, we do not allow back-to-back appointments for the same paper or the same student. We also do not allow any student more than three hours worth of appointments in a given week.

Graduate Writing Series of Online Workshops

The Writing Center offers fully online workshops that explore the graduate writing process. Students may access this material via YouTube or on our website.

Students are encouraged to follow up with a writing center tutor to review the activities presented in the workshops.

Online Tutoring

Online tutoring is available for graduate students through AdobeConnect meeting software. Complete information and instructions are available on our online tutoring page.

APA Style Guides

You say your prof is a stickler for APA style? No problem! We have a complete series of How-To YouTube videos that walk you step-by-step through all the formatting. They cover different kinds of papers (literature reviews!) and offer detailed guides for creating reference pages and citing particular kinds of sources. They even show you how to do the formatting in MS Word. Take me to the APA style videos!

Graduate 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. If you are interested in learning more about how you can participate in a Writing Center sponsored writing group, please email us at lwc@loyola.edu.