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September 20, 2017

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The Weekly Writer

Revision: When Are You "Done"?

By Elizabeth G., Tutor

There is no linear process to writing, even when we try to make it that way. Even when you have all of your thoughts laid out in bullet points, or all of your research is "done," you might find that you need to backtrack or re-examine a few facts in your research. You might find inconsistencies in what you are saying with the other scholarship that is out there, forcing you to re-think your original writing plan. These things happen. The Writing Lab knows that these things happen and they want to help you work through your thoughts. Tutors are writers too and they face these obstacles all of the time, so aside from having experience, they can also relate to you. Regardless if you are an undergraduate student, graduate student, instructor, professor, or visiting scholar, the Writing Lab can talk with you about your work so that you can see your writing through a different perspective. You might also find that meeting with a tutor will allow you to see what writing process is best for you. Sometimes clients come in wanting to work on revising for example, but realize throughout the session that they actually produce better work when they work backwards. So, they might go back to the beginning of the writing process and create a reverse outline to see if any ideas can be altered to create an effective overarching argument. Keep in mind that writing is messy and constantly in flux, but talking about your writing can make the process easier.

Writing Lab News & Events

Workshop: Statements of Purpose for Grad School Applications
October 4th, 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Getting a jump start on your graduate school applications? Learn tips and strategies for creating an effective personal statement. Learn more »

Staff Spotlight

By Mina M., Tutor

Hi, my name is Mina and I am originally from Wisconsin. I am a junior in Mechanical Engineering and am planning on pursuing a career that involves product development. My ENGL 106 teacher really pushed me to apply to be a tutor in the Writing Lab, and I am glad she did. Writing has always been a skill I enjoyed, and it is a nice change of dynamic to take some time off from engineering to come tutor in the Writing Lab. The one thing I enjoy most about the Writing Lab is the diversity. It is always unexpected as to what type of writer will come visit. The writer could be of any culture, any level of education or of any major. As a tutor, thinking quickly is a necessary tool and being an engineering, that is something I thoroughly enjoy doing. Besides having to think quickly and effectively, I also just absolutely love learning about the different types of cultures and majors people are a part of. It is amazing to see how diverse our campus is.

From Our Partners

LCC Celebración de Latinos in STEM
September 22, 2017, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Imagination Station, 600 North 4th Street, Lafayette, IN

Imagination Station, Greater Lafayette's science center, and the Purdue Latino Cultural Center bring you a celebration of Latinos in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). This free event will feature fun activities for kids inspired by famous Latinx scientists. A panel of local Latino and Latina STEM professionals, including Purdue faculty, students and community members, will be there to chat with parents about what their kids can do to be successful in and out of science. We will end the celebration with our famous Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream! More information »

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Fall 2017

Aug 21 – Dec 13

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Writing Tip of the Week

"I like to maintain a list of quotes and paraphrased or summarized ideas right from the beginning of a project to keep my sources straight when I'm doing research-based writing."

-Rachel A., Tutor

Book of the Week

The Broadview Book of Common Errors in English

This is a strong resource because it points out why common errors are incorrect and where they stem from, but it also has many examples and exercises to work through in the back of the book. It teaches and reinforces with practice.

You can find this book in the Writing Lab's library. Just ask the front desk.

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Schedule a writing consultation/tutoring appointment at any location or register for our group programs with our online schedulerFace-to-face (in-person), online (live video chat), and etutoring (emailed feedback) appointments available.

Please note: You must be a Purdue student, staff, or faculty member of the West Lafayette campus to use our writing consultation services or attend our group programs. For assistance scheduling your first appointment, we've prepared a helpful guide to using our online scheduler, WCO. 


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