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Writing Guide



  • A project helps you build skills that'll serve you well in and out of school (time management, goal setting, researching, etc.)   Employers LOVE these skills!
  • These projects are designed to walk you through one step at a time.  Each step builds on the one before it. If you concentrate on each step and complete it on schedule, things will be just fine!
  • Use the other assignment tabs to the left accordingly, depending on what your project requirements.  For example, you may find that using the Research Paper section works best for the steps of your project.
  • If you do fall behind, contact your instructor about catching up right away.  Set up a Tutor Match appointment for extra support to get back on track. 

Take it one step at a time, and pay attention to due dates

  • Do not procrastinate!
  • Keep referring back to the assignment to make sure you’re right on track.
  • Complete each step on time or you risk getting off track and that’s where the difficulty begins.
  • A steady pace will lead to success!

Focus on the PROCESS to get a good final PRODUCT

  • Things will start to come together as you progress.
  • Continuous review of your project sections will mean a polished end product.  Multiple reviews from other sources make for a good end result.
  • If you are required to submit drafts of your project, apply the feedback from your instructor to your project.

Use support and resources as needed

Make it easy on yourself!  There are plenty of resources available for you throughout this process.

Remember that writing is a process.  If you get stuck as you go, utilize your resources:

  • APA Guide for help with formatting, citations, and reference page.
  • Grammarly for help with spelling, grammar, mechanics, and when you may need to cite something (plagiarism check).
  • Submit to Writing Lab to have your paper reviewed by a tutor.
    • Scroll down to see Drop Box & Rubric for Writing Submission below.
  • Work with a tutor.  Make an appointment with a tutor in Tutor Match.  
    • See the Tutoring Resources box at bottom left. Click on the Tutor Match tab.
  • Utilize Learning Express for writing assistance. 
  • NoodleTools for help with creating in-text citations and reference pages.
  • Watch a webinar (multiple topics).
  • View the English Composition Guide for helpful resources. 

Take the learns

Take notice of the the things that worked well for you during the project as well as the things that didn't go well.  Learn from those things and recognize your growth!

Resources for Projects

None at this time.

None at this time.

Paper Review (Brainfuse Writing Lab)

The Writing Lab 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 

Submit to the Writing Lab (in Brainfuse)

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).  Here's the process:

      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 to the Writing Lab in Brainfuse for feedback and suggestions.  Once you're logged into Brainfuse, click on the Writing Lab. How to use the Writing Lab.

Using the Writing Lab

  1. Select your citation format (Typically APA 7th Edition).
  2. Add your assignment instructions for the reviewer.
  3. Select up to 3 areas from the provided list where you would like the writing tutor to focus his/her analysis. If no selection is made, then a general review will be completed.
  4. Add any additional comments, upload your assignment and click Submit.
  5. In 24-48 hours, go back into the Message Center in Brainfuse and find your reviewed paper.  You may find suggested specific resources for you, one of which may be a tutor appointment.  How to make an appointment with a tutor
  6. Revise your paper using the resources suggested.  If you have any questions, make an appointment with the tutor using Tutor Match  How to make an appointment with a tutor
  7. After you have made your revisions, use the rubric again to self-assess.  At that point, you may feel your assignment is ready to submit to your instructor.  If that is the case, do so. If you think your assignment needs more work, you may resubmit your assignment to the   How do I use the Writing Lab?
  8. When you feel your assignment is ready for submission to your instructor, submit it using the assignment drop box within your course