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Writing Guide


Welcome to the Writing Guide!

Let's face it--writing well is important.  It is a tool used to communicate your thoughts and ideas, what you know and how you feel.  Your writing represents you at school, at work, and at home. Although some think writing is easy, most of us have to work at it.

This guide has been designed to help you navigate through a variety of different writing assignments. It will take you through each step of the writing process, from start to finish. You'll also find tools and resources that can help you along the way.

Start with the type of assignment you're working on.  Select the corresponding box to the left and get started.  It's that simple! 

Here are some things to keep in mind as you go:

  • Writing is a process.
    • Expect to make changes as you write your paper.  The revision process is what makes good papers.
    • Using tools like Grammarly repeatedly as you write will save you time.
  • You get better at it the more you do it. 
    • As with anything else, you polish your skills with practice.
  • It takes less time the better you are at it. 
    • Invest the time as you go.  It'll save you time in the long run and earn more points for you.
  • Use resources when you need to. 
    • Take note of the Tutoring Resources box (lower left) and the Writing Lab below.
  • Notice your improvements.
    • Compare a finished paper to your first draft--and then give yourself a pat on the back!

Dive in and start your first draft!

Rubric & Paper Review

The General Writing Rubric

Use this rubric as a first step to self-assess your assignment.  After determining which column you think best describes your work, use the resources to the right to improve your work.  Refer back to it each time you feel you are near completion of the assignment to help you stay on track.  This is also the same rubric that the Writing Lab staff will use to provide feedback and resources suggestions.

Video: How to use the Rubric 

Paper Review

Writing is a process. It helps to have feedback from others as you go through that process.  You can submit your work for review to the Writing Lab. Just make sure you have time before your submission deadline (it takes 24-48 hours).

After using the rubric to self-assess where you're at in terms of your assignment and you've made changes using the resources provided, you can opt to submit your assignment for review.