Writing Center

Yes! The Writing Center is still open! During the coronovirus shutdown on campus, we will still be here to help you with any writing project, from any class.

We offer support for both undergraduate and graduate students, for every Moody campus. 

We offer two kinds of online appointments:

Video appointments

These work just like our regular, on-campus appointments, except that you can meet with your tutor from the convenience of your own home. First, download the Zoom software, Then, sign up for a free account. It takes just 5 minutes, and many Moody courses are already using Zoom.

Then, sign up for a video appointment on our website. When it is almost time for the appointment to begin, your tutor will email you a link to the video chat at the email address you provided. Click on the link, and the chat will begin.

You will have up to an hour to ask questions about your paper.

Remember, for a video chat, you don't need to have a finished draft yet. You can send a partial draft, or you can ask for help getting started. Video chats are also a great option if you need to discuss grammar, clarity, or word choice. Why not click on the link above to try one today?

Email appointments

You can also ask for feedback by email. This option requires that you already have at least a partial draft, but nothing could be more convenient. Just sign up for an email appointment, let us know your questions, and your tutor will reply with suggestions for improving your paper.

Every writer needs a reader . . .

The Writing Center is the "go-to" place for anyone who wants to become a stronger writer.

Whether you are working on your first paper or your last, we can help. We offer free writing help for students at MBI Chicago (undergraduate), MTS Chicago (graduate), and Moody Distance Learning.

Here is what you can do at the Writing Center:

Bring any kind of writing

We can help with any writing project related to your academic or professional life.

  • That means you may bring papers from any Moody Course (unless the instructor does not allow tutors). We can help with everything from narratives, to personal reflections, to research projects.
  • The Career Development Center is the first place you should go for writing related to your professional development (e.g. internship applications, resumes, and grad school applications, etc.). Once you see them, we can assist with any additional help you may need finalizing your documents.

If you aren't sure if we can help, ask us.

Come at any point in your process

Still trying to get started? We can help.

Almost finished? We can help then too.

Wherever you are in your thinking, planning, writing, or revision process, we can help you get to the next step.

Get help with your paper

When you visit the Writing Center, we will talk with you about your paper in-progress. By the end of the session, our goal is to help you improve your paper and give you at least one strategy you can use in future papers.

Take away writing strategies for the future

What kind of strategies can you learn? We can help you:

Develop good writing habits

  • Learn how to read an assignment prompt and talk with your professor
  • Assess your own writing strengths and weaknesses
  • Structure your writing process
  • Discover how to ask others good questions about your writing
  • Practice revising beyond the sentence-level
  • Learn to proofread your own writing

Learn the "ropes" of academic writing

  • Distinguish between academic and non-academic writing
  •  Find strategies for coming up with ideas
  • Craft thesis statements and arguments
  • Find, analyze, integrate, and correctly cite sources
  • Write more clearly and concisely
  • Master common genres, like research papers and reflections

Transition to advanced academic writing

  • Plan and write longer research papers
  • Write for specific disciplines (journalism, psychology, etc.)
  • Find strategies for collaborative writing projects
  • Manage large numbers of sources; organize your research notes
  • Develop a strong writing voice and style
  • Navigate critical reviews, literature reviews, and primary research projects

Jumpstart your professional development

  • Understand internship applications
  • Create strong job letters and resumes
  • Prepare for graduate school applications
  • Learn the rules of professional correspondence
  • Appeal to your readers in grant proposals
  • Revise for publication

And lots more! Come see us today to discover how we can help you

How do I make an appointment? 

 

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