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UCWbL ADMINISTRATION

Lauri Dietzlauri_dietz

Director

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Contact

(773) 325-8353
ldietz@depaul.edu
2320 N. Kenmore
212 SAC
Chicago, IL 60614

I began my journey to becoming Director of the University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) as an undergraduate writing center tutor at the UC Santa Barbara. I received my PhD in English Renaissance Literature—a time period that did not have strict rules about spelling and writing and, hence, has shaped my descriptivist philosophy. I love working at the UCWbL because of the many opportunities I have to collaborate with writers and teachers all across the university. When I'm not learning or writing about writing, you can probably find me checking my fantasy football or baseball scores. My recent scholarship about promoting undergraduate research in the humanities appears in The Journal of Effective Teaching

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literary Analysis, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), SNL Advanced Projects, SNL ILPs, Thank You Letters, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Style Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The Chicago Manual of Style is my favorite go to source because they are relatively non-prescriptivist for a style guide and often give a "why" for their recommendations.

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Elizabeth CoughlinElizabeth_Coughlin

Associate Director

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Contact

(773) 325-4273
ecoughli@depaul.edu
2320 N. Kenmore
212 SAC
Chicago, IL 60614

I am the UCWbL's Writing Center Program Director and Director of Outreach and Community Relations. I supervise the Writing Center and oversee all mentoring and outreach initiatives, and work closely with departments, programs, and offices throughout and beyond DePaul. I am also on the faculty of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse (WRD), and for many years was Coordinator of Writing Placement for WRD. In addition to teaching WRD 395, Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy, I teach Technical Writing and Business Writing in the WRD Department. My many research interests include the histories and pedagogies of writing centers, online tutoring pedagogies, accessibility and diversity related concerns, and technical writing. My most recent scholarship appeared in The East Central Writing Centers Association Newsletter

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literary Analysis, Memos, Newsletters, Personal Statements, Query Letters, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Thank You Letters

Citation Style Expertise

APA, Bluebook, Chicago (Turabian), CSE (formerly CBE), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I've consulted the American Heritage Dictionary's various Notes (on usage and others), its etymologies, and its Indo-European Roots Appendix regularly. They often raise questions as they answer them, and I have always found them thought-provoking.

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Matthew Pearsonmatthew_pearson

Associate Director

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Contact

(312) 285-1423
mpearso4@depaul.edu
2320 N. Kenmore
212 SAC
Chicago, IL 60614

As the UCWbL's Faculty Development and Writing Fellows Program Director, I work with DePaul faculty members to promote and support writing as a way to improve student learning. I bring enthusiasm and passion about writing as fun, challenging, and eminently worthwhile to my direct work with writers. I studied English Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I worked as the Assistant Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, and English Education at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where I first became a peer writing tutor. My recent scholarship—published in the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness and the American Educational Research Journal—addresses how English Language Learners benefit from explicit instruction on the cognitive strategies that effective writers and readers use.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, History, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (CVs), SNL Advanced Projects, Sociology, Theses & Dissertations, Writing for the Web

Citation Style Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Ironically, as I'm not expert in it, the Chicago Manual of Style. I love how I can find answers to, thus far, all stylistic and layout questions I've ever had while writing. I like both the online and book versions.

The Purdue University OWL. I appreciate the way it has both abstract instructions on citations and lots of examples.

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Katie BrownKatie_Brown

Business Manager, Acting Writing Center Director

my ePortfolio

Contact

(312) 362-6753
cbrown42@depaul.edu
25 E. Jackson
1603 Lewis Center

Chicago, IL 60604

I'm the Business Manager and Acting Writing Center Director for the UCWbL. I started working for the UCWbL in 2009 as a member of the pilot Writing Fellows program. Since then, I have also worked as a writing center tutor, an office manager, a head fellow, and, now, as the Business Manager and Acting Writing Center Director. I received my Master's Degree from DePaul, earning an M.A. in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse with a concentration in Teaching Writing and TESOL. I also attended DePaul for my B.A. in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse with a minor in Psychology.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literature Reviews, Psychology, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Thank You Letters

Citation Style Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I love Dianna Hacker Online because it offers helpful citation guides and examples that are really easy to navigate.

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UCWbL PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Amanda Gaddamamanda_gaddam

Writing Fellows Coordinator

In addition to being a peer writing tutor and the UCWbL Research Coordinator, I also teach first-year writing in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Department as well as writing courses in the School for New Learning. I love working with writers at any stage of the writing process, and I look forward to assisting writers with writing theses and organizing their projects for better clarity. When I am not teaching or tutoring, I spend my time sewing, cooking, knitting, crafting, or watching Law and Order: SVU marathons.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), SNL Advanced Projects, SNL Externships, SNL ILPs, Summaries, Thank You Letters, Writing for the Web

Citation Style Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I always turn to UCWbL Tutors for help first because they are trained to patiently work with me and help me find what I'm looking for.

The DePaul Library provides extensive, accessible, and friendly support for all research-related processes.

Diana Hacker Online is easy to read and easy to navigate when looking for specific information about grammar and/or citation rules.

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Kate Flomkate_flom

Workshops Coordinator

Hi, I'm Kate and I'm a double Demon - I earned both my BA in English and MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse from DePaul! My favorite UCWbL Core Belief is #4: "Collaboration among peers is a particularly effective mode of learning" because some of my best writing has come out of getting feedback from my friends, family, and fellow UCWbLers!

When I'm not writing, I am most likely knitting. If you're interested in hearing about the parallels I see between the writing process and the knitting process, take a look through my UCWbL e-Portfolio!

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Thank You Letters

Citation Style Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

For all things Citations, I love using Diana Hacker Online. The clean design and organization makes finding information on MLA, APA, and Chicago style easy and relatively stress free.

When attempting to understand things like dangling modifiers or when to use which or that, Grammar Girl is the best. The explanations are super clear and down to earth, and more often than not, I walk away feeling like I truly understand grammar "rules".

I also love using the DePaul Library for both the wealth of databases and the super friendly reference librarians! At DePaul, we are extremely lucky to have so many academic resources, and the Library is one of the best!

Finally, UCWbL tutors are my all time favorite writing resource. UCWbLers are enthusiastic, friendly, and provide a wide range of feedback to help in pretty much any situation!

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Kevin Lyonkevin_lyon

eLearning and Web Development Coordinator

I am the eLearning and Web Development Coordinator for the University Center for Writing-based Learning and an Instructor in the First Year Writing Program. This is my seventh academic year working at the UCWbL. I attended DePaul as a student, receiving my Bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Professional Writing in 2009, and my Master's degree in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse with concentrations in Teaching Writing and Language and Professional and Technical Writing in 2011. In my free time, I watch reruns of This Old House and work on projects around my house.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literacy Narratives, Literature Reviews, Memos, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters

Citation Style Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The Depaul Library staff is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, and the resources available to students are incredible.

Diana Hacker Writer's Reference provides very quick and clear-cut examples of citations that are easy to replicate in your own work cited.

UCWbL tutors come from majors and programs all across the university and bring with them a breadth of knowledge about different types of writing, resources, and practices.

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Laura Friddlelaura_friddle

CMWR Coordinator

I am a faculty member working within the UCWbL to provide support to DePaul's multilingual community as coordinator for the Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research. This position as well as the tutoring I do allow me to practice the self reflection and demonstrate the respect for others that I value. Getting to know the individuals I work with is one of the greatest benefits of my work. And as a word nerd, I just really enjoy the deconstructing and building process of working through questions related to writing and language.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Conference Papers, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, Marketing, News Articles, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters, Writing for the Web

Citation Style Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The DePaul Library offers me vast networks of possibility.

The Purdue OWL is my quick go to for citation questions.

UCWbL Tutors offer unique perspective on any question.

And Grammar Girl supplies succinct, well-reasoned answers to common questions.

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Lauren Martynlauren_martyn

Writing Fellows Coordinator

I am a graduate student in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse. As a writer, I've found that not only is my process different from that of other writers, but it also differs depending on what/when/where I'm writing. I like to experiment with new techniques for brainstorming and revising to help me continually grow as a writer. When I'm not writing, I enjoy reading novels on the CTA.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Conference Papers, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, Marketing, News Articles, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters, Writing for the Web

Citation Style Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The DePaul Library offers me vast networks of possibility.

The Purdue OWL is my quick go to for citation questions.

UCWbL Tutors offer unique perspective on any question.

And Grammar Girl supplies succinct, well-reasoned answers to common questions.

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Edward Evinsedward_evins

Peer Writing Tutor, Workshops Facilitator

A double graduate of DePaul University, I am currently a faculty member in the First-Year Writing Program. I am slightly obsessed with James Boswell/Samuel Johnson and cycling, but am usually able to keep my enthusiasm on the subjects below a low roar. I have worked at the UCWbL for a bizillion years in a number of capacities and continue working here because I love working with writers on a one-to-one basis outside of the normal teacher/student relationship. I am particularly good at brainstorming concepts and breaking down particularly troublesome assignments.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), SNL Advanced Projects, SNL Externships, SNL ILPs, Thank You Letters

Tutoring Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

UCWbL Tutors!

Easy! Other writers. I often feel that writers think of themselves as lone big cats, only coming to the collaborative watering hole when they absolutely have to. However, writers become better by working and sharing with other writers. I am endlessly asking for feedback, ideas and thoughts from professors, grad students, undergrad as well as random people on the Red Line ("Hey, you got a second?").

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Jen Finstromjen_f

Peer Writing Tutor, Outreach Team Member, Writers Guild Leader

I am a Double Demon with a BA in English and an MA in writing and publishing. In addition to working as a peer writing tutor in the Writing Center, I am also a writing group leader for Writers Guild, one of the UCWbL's writing groups. I have been the poetry editor of Eclectica Magazine since October of 2005, and my work appears in RHINO, NEAT, Cider Press Review, and Midwestern Gothic, among other places. See my recent work online. I believe wholeheartedly in the UCWbL's Core Belief that "anyone who writes anything is a writer."

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Book Proposals, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Memos, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Query Letters, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), SNL Advanced Projects, SNL ILPs, Theses & Dissertations

Tutoring Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA, AAA

Favorite Writing Resources

The DePaul Library is a wonderful resource not only for its books and databases but also for the help that a writer can receive from the Research Guides and research librarians.

Grammar Girl is one of my favorite grammar resources. Not only does Grammar Girl look realistically at how and why we say and write what we do, she also writes entertaining sample sentences to illustrate things like passive voice and the difference between "lay" and "lie."

Diana Hacker Online is my preferred citation resource for both MLA and APA. The resource is organized clearly, and I feel that I have been able to find what I need no matter what type of source I am trying to cite.

Another favorite online resource is Using Transitions from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Writing Center. This resource does more than just provide transitional words and phrases—it also groups these words and phrases into the categories in which they are commonly used.

My favorite resource of all is my fellow UCWbL tutors. Not only can they help provide additional resources, they can also provide their own varied experience as writers.

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Mark Laziomark_l

Peer Writing Tutor

I attended DePaul for both my BA and MA in Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse, and now I am an instructor in the First Year Writing Program. Language and literacies are pretty much the coolest! And I excitedly will talk about anything related to language. Outside of writing, I love cooking and eating—especially homemade bread, my grandmother's recipe. I am a pretty big fan of The Simpsons and Thomas the Tank Engine. And yes, I have been in a rodeo. I may also happen to be a Bears fanatic.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Theses & Dissertations

Tutoring Expertise

APA

Favorite Writing Resources

UCWbL tutors are a great resource because they provide new perspectives and ideas. Additionally, they also can give you a great resource for a specific question.

Diana Hacker Online is my life for citation help. The easy-to-use drop-down menu makes finding the source type extremely quick, and she has great examples to help model the correct conventions.

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UCWbL PEER WRITING TUTORS

Alex A.alex_a

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a junior double major in English Literature Studies and Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse. I love helping writers discover their brilliance and creating the confidence they need to continue improving as a writer. My most challenging writing experiences occurred during my freshman year, when I was starting my path as an English major, and I wrote my first literature analysis and poetry analysis papers. I overcame the challenge by consulting my professors and continuously referencing my textbooks. Besides being a writer, I am also: a cigar aficionado, glass artist, and a Dave Matthews Band groupie.

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Literary Analysis, Memos, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Summaries

Citation Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL, because I was introduced to it by my professors and it covers everything that I have ever questioned about writing.

Grammar Girl, because she provides insightful and creative answers for questions that I have about writing.

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Alex C.alex_c

Peer Writing Tutor

Hello everyone! I'm currently a senior double majoring in English Literature and Art History. This is my third year working as a Writing Center tutor, and I'm excited to work with writers at any stage in the writing process. I believe that writing is collaborative, and it makes my day when I can help writers revise their work, brainstorm new ideas, or overcome writer's block. When I'm not attending classes or working at the UCWbL, you can find me working on my own creative pieces, binge-watching too much TV, and trekking around the city with my friends.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, History, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Screenplays, Sociology, Summaries, Thank You Letters, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Multilingual Expertise

Polish

Favorite Writing Resources

The Purdue OWL is my go-to resource for citation and grammar help. It's easy to use and has a step-by-step guide for in-text citations and bibliographies, as well as some great grammatical tips and tricks.

I also enjoy using the DePaul Library resources at any step in my research/writing processes.

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Alex G.alex_g

Peer Writing Tutor

I am, finally, a senior majoring in Economics and Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse. Because I tend to procrastinate, I write best under the pressure of time and at night. Working at the UCWbL allows me to learn from my peer tutor and peer writers. I strongly believe that writing is a democratic process, moreover a tool to help people to create change. As tutors, we must be humble, aware of our humility, and role.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Cover Letters, Economics, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Literary Analysis, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumé and Curriculum Vita (C.V.)

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Multilingual Expertise

Polish

Favorite Writing Resources

UCWbL tutors are not just pretty faces; they often have extensive knowledge on a variety of subjects form technical citation methods to broad content knowledge.

Diana Hacker Online is incredibly clear and simple.

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Amanda L.amanda_l

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a sophomore majoring in Accountancy--Strobel Honors, and I am currently deciding on a minor in historical studies. I love gathering energy and ideas from observing others, so my favorite place to write is usually in cafes or the library at DePaul. My favorite part of helping others with their writing is seeing how much I learn from them and seeing a thought or idea click during their brainstorming process. I have learned from many tutors and teachers how to consistently improve my writing process, and I hope to pass some of that on to future peers and students at the UCWbL.

Tutoring Expertise

Accounting, Annotated Bibliographies, Business Plans, College Applications, Cover Letters, English, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Memos, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters

Citation Expertise

Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Multilingual Expertise

Latin

Favorite Writing Resources

Grammar Girl -- This resource is helpful and fun when trying to jog my memory. I think the examples are very helpful, and the website is easy to navigate.

Purdue OWL -- I use this resource when I find myself writing a specific paper or letter in a version I have not written before. This website is full of examples of almost every type of paper, essay, or letter that I have come across.

UCWbL Tutors -- Obviously, I prefer to use my tutors at the writing center when I'm truly struggling with more complex writing questions than a simple definition. The writing center tutors are easy to access and physical people that can truly help with more complex writing walls.

Knight Cite -- This is strictly a citation help website by Calvin College, and it is my best friend when I am stuck on a tricky citation from a medium that I may be unfamiliar with or just forgot.

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Amber S.amber_s

Peer Writing Tutor

As a first-year graduate student in the Rhetoric, Writing and Discourse program, I am excited to join the UCWbL's vibrant community. I recently earned a BA from McDaniel College in Maryland, where I double majored in English and Spanish and also worked in the Writing Center. My tutoring pedagogy is based upon empathy and personalization, which is why I love the UCWbL's second core belief, "There is no universal writing process that all writers (should) use." When I'm not tutoring, you can find me running or browsing the stacks in the library.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Journalism, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters, Theses & Dissertations, Writing for the Web/p>

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Beyond being incredibly easy to navigate, the sample papers on Purdue OWL offer great advice about adhering to your citation style.

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Amy R.amy_r

Peer Writing Tutor

I'm Amy, a third-year graduate student in DePaul's Counseling master's program and a second-year UCWbLer. As an undergraduate at James Madison University in Virginia, I majored in English Language & Literature and Media Arts & Design and minored in Women's Studies. I love writing because it gives voice to our thoughts and ideas, and I think there's power in putting something into written words. I enjoy working with others on their writing because I learn about points of view and experiences different from my own, and I witness the process of discovering and discerning their own voices. I look forward to working with writers in the give-and-take process of writing and revision!

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, Cover Letters, English, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literary Analysis, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL—I like it because it's comprehensive and easy to navigate. 99% of the time, the answer to my question is waiting for me there. I find the examples of the rules/guidelines in action helpful, too.

Diana Hacker Online—For citation, I think Diana Hacker is the most up-to-date and accurate. The site is organized by citation style, and provides not only the rules, but examples, as well.

A dictionary/thesaurus - I like the dictionary for those moments when you're not quite sure you're using a word correctly (there's a big difference between 'elicit' and 'illicit,' y'all). The thesaurus is great for when you've noticed that you wrote the word 'cantankerous' five times in one paragraph, and you need another word that expresses the same meaning (grumpy, crabby, ill-tempered, crotchety, etc.) in order to achieve word variance.

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Andrew D.andrew_d

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a Junior majoring in Psychology, minoring in Creative Writing. I love writing because of its ability to raise questions and apprehend absurdity. Consider Hemingway's story, "For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn." So few words can spur hours of discussion. Helping others is also my passion; I am a mentor in the Cities Project and a volunteer at the Center for Community Research. The UCWbL allows me to combine my interests. As a chronic sufferer of writer's block, I find listening to post-rock in dim ambiance tends to ease the writing process.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Cover Letters, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Literary Analysis, Personal Statements, Psychology, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL is great for APA/MLA refreshers, and intuitive.

Publication Manual of the APA (6th ed) answers every APA question in its Table of Contents.

Any thesaurus is magical--be warned not to be grandiloquent.

Tenth of December by George Saunders. A great satirist, Saunders' work is hilarious and terrifying; inspiring for fiction writers.

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Anna K.anna_k

Peer Writing Tutor

I'm currently a sophomore studying Women's and Gender Studies. I find it especially important to recognize that everyone is a writer and that there is not one "correct" type of writing or way to write. Personally, the hardest part of writing for me is getting started, but I have found that a thorough outline has never failed to make my writing assignments more manageable and approachable. When I'm not writing, I'm reading on a bench (preferably with the sun on my face), eating a grilled cheese and fruit, or closing my eyes and taking a deep breath.

Tutoring Expertise

English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, History, Literary Analysis, Research Papers

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL tops my list because it has the answer to any random and specific question I could have about citations.

There is no way I could not love the UCWbL Tutors because collaborating with other writers enables me to understand my own writing better and how I can improve it from various approaches.

I frequently refer to an online thesaurus when writing to increase my word variation.

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Avery C.avery_c

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a senior currently in the BA/MA Writing and Publishing Program, graduating from undergrad with a degree in English and a Concentration in Literary Analysis. Writing and written narrative is the heart of all things for me, and being able to help other writers express themselves more completely through their writing is a what I love about working with the UCWbL. I've written articles reviewing classic works of literature for The Underground—the English Department Undergraduate Newsletter.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Book Proposals, English, Graduate & Professional School Applications, History, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Screenplays, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I love Purdue OWL because it's not only reliable, but it's thorough. I can always rely on that site to give me extensive and correct information on multiple citation issues.

The DePaul Library is wonderful because of the amazing variety of sources that are made available to DePaul students. One can find a source for almost any topic through the library archives.

The UCWbL Tutors are wonderful resources because they are all so capable and diverse, if one cannot find the answer to a question through Purdue OWL or the DePaul Library, there is no doubt that a Tutor will be able to help.

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Brandon H.brandon_h

Peer Writing Tutor, SCRAWL Radio Host

I'm in my second year of the Masters of Writing & Publishing program. I have previous degrees in Secondary English Education, Liberal Arts/Literature, and Gifted Education. I'm a writer, and I love words. I want to help you love words too! When I'm not writing, I like to jog, explore Chicago, cook vegan, and read. You can check me out on Scrawl Radio, the UCWbL's weekly radio show, every Friday morning at 11:00am on Radio DePaul, and you can read my blog and my tweets

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Book Proposals, College Applications, Cover Letters, English, Lesson Plans, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Screenplays, Summaries, Theses & Dissertations, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I'm a fan of asking other UCWbL tutors about their expertise because we have such a diverse group of tutors! Fresh perspectives make for fresh writing.

I really love The YUNiversity for both grammar and humor complete with memes.

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Bridget W.bridget_w

Peer Writing Tutor

I graduated from DePaul with a BA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse and I'm now a graduate student in the same department. For me, the best part of writing is being in the zone—when you finally find the article, word, idea, or peer that launches the rest of your piece and makes it hard to stop writing, or even thinking. So, I love being the person that helps someone else find a breakthrough. My favorite places to write are coffee shops. When I can't make it out, I recreate the ambiance in my living room with coffitivity.com and my Mr. Coffee.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literacy Narratives, Literature Reviews, Memos, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Theses & Dissertations, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL: I head to Purdue's Online Writing Lab for invention strategies when I have writer's block and for help with MLA citation style

Grammar Girl: This blog is an easy-to-use-and-understand resource for grammar, punctuation and usage questions.

DePaul Library: The library's large collection of research databases is my first stop when beginning a research paper. I also use the "IM a Librarian" feature when I'm not sure how to begin or continue my research.

Diana Hacker Online: I use this resource when working with APA citation style because it's easy to navigate and most of my very specific questions about citing unusual sources are answered somewhere in the site.

UCWbL Tutors: I love drawing on the expertise of other UCWbL tutors because if a tutor can't answer my question about writing, then they can almost always direct me to a resource that can.

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Bryndahl W.bryndahl_w

Peer Writing Tutor

During an awkward period, my Mother told me, "Words are my friends." Through this simple sentence, I found my "voice." My journey continues through the study of Philosophy with a double minor: Peace, Conflict Resolution, and Social Justice and Women, Religion, and Spirituality. I am an academic writer with few forays into the creative realm; however, the UCWbL Core Belief that "anyone who writes anything is a writer" gives me hope that I am not usurping the moniker of writer. It is this belief in self and tenacity for future accomplishment that I wish to impart to others.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Art/Art History, Cover Letters, English, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, Philosophy, Research Papers, Summaries, Thank You Letters

Citation Expertise

Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I particularly enjoy the on-line resource known as Noodle Tools. This program is incredibly user friendly, easy to navigate, and provides explicit examples of what the in-text citation -- as well as associated bibliography or works cited -- should look like for a variety of styles.

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Carolyn R.carolyn_r

Outreach Team Leader, Peer Writing Tutor

I'm a second year graduate student in the M.A. in English program at DePaul, a graduate assistant at the UCWbL, and a proud member of the UCWbL Outreach Team. I'm an unabashed bookworm, a cycling enthusiast (I named my bike after Fezzik, the giant in "The Princess Bride"), and a believer in the value of service to others. For this reason I volunteer with organizations such as House of the Good Shepherd and WBEZ, Chicago's public radio station. It's also because of my enthusiasm for helping others that I am so glad to be a peer writing tutor at the UCWbL, a position that I thoroughly enjoy. Most of all, I'm passionate about working with writers to develop and further their confidence in their writing processes.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Cover Letters, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, History, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, Marketing, Memos, News Articles, Newsletters, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Poetry Analyses, Psychology, Religious Studies, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Thank You Letters

Citation Expertise

AP, APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I find the Purdue OWL is the easiest website for writers to use when they're learning about MLA style and basic academic writing guidelines.

However, if a writer is looking for in-depth, precise information about APA, AP, and Chicago styles, Diana Hacker Online is the most comprehensive and helpful choice.

When I come across a question that isn't answered by those sources, my next move is usually to ask an UCWbL Tutor or a DePaul Librarian—the wealth of knowledge that these individuals can hold is astounding!

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Cassie P.cassandra_p

Peer Writing Tutor

I'm a Psychology and English double major with a standard and creative writing concentration, respectively. I love writing because I believe it is one of the most powerful ways of expressing yourself, and I enjoy listening to music my mom calls "sad" while doing so. My writing has always improved with collaborative efforts, and I hope that my work at the UCWbL will help other writers improve, too.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, History, Journalism, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, News Articles, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Psychology, Research Papers, Thank You Letters, Theatre

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL is the first website I go to when I can't figure out how to cite something -- it's gotten me through some weird citation situations.

I truly enjoy allowing workshops on my writing, with more than one person reviewing a piece of writing.

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Christine M.christine_m

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a sophomore, majoring in Finance; you will most likely find me hanging out with my sisters of the Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, eating anything and everything, somewhere outdoors, trying to be studious, or possibly all of the above. As an extrovert, I am always around others, although a little alone time is always relaxing. Listening to Indie music at a coffee shop is where I'll most likely be when writing. I am looking forward to being in a place where one of the missions is to promote self-development through committed tutoring, teaching, and service.

Tutoring Expertise

Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Multilingual Expertise

Fluent in Cantonese Chinese, Minimal/moderate in Spanish

Favorite Writing Resources

Grammar Girl

This is a resource I gravitate to because, not only is it helpful, it sometimes can be like a fun read because it has a blog format.

UCWbL Tutors: I feel that the UCWbL Tutors are helpful because they are people you can talk to face-to-face, and you can ask as many questions you need to until you understand.

Purdue OWL: this is a resource I was taught to turn to in high school, and I think it's very simple to use and to understand.

My English teacher, Mrs. Welder, who was my freshman and senior year English teacher, had given us a couple of resourceful tools that I still use to this day. Some of these sheets contain sentence structure resources and a verb dictionary that she calls the "spicy verbs".

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Connor K.connor_k

Peer Writing Tutor

My name is Connor, and I am a senior majoring in International Studies and minoring in Spanish. I find myself putting pen to paper quite a lot, be it writing an essay for an honors class, compiling research for one an INT project, or jotting down a haiku I thought up while walking to class. Whatever I'm working on, I place high value on collaboration and always try to find a fellow writer and friend to bounce ideas off of and proof-read my work. Come down to the UCWbL, and I'd be more than happy to do the same for you.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Cover Letters, Economics, English, History, Journalism, Literary Analysis, Magazine Articles, News Articles, Poetry Analyses, Political Science, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses

Citation Expertise

Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The UCWbL Tutors are a useful resource for students who need serious help sorting out their ideas, or just another set of eyes to look over their work and make simple corrections and give advice.

A simple google search aid has come to my aid many a time when stumped on a grammar question.

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Clare S.clare_s

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a Women's and Gender Studies graduate student in the 5th year program, and I completed my undergraduate studies in Creative Writing and WGS. Interdisciplinary perspectives are very much at the center of my scholarship, and working with writers or any piece of writing that invokes a sense of multi-dimensionality—in argument, analysis, or otherwise—is something I find especially rewarding. I also write and read my poetry around the city, and co-facilitating Writers Guild with Jen F. (our multi-genre creative writing group) is one of my favorite aspects of the UCWbL.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Book Proposals, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, History, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, News Articles, Newsletters, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

AP, APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Grammar Girl—this site was critical to my eventual comprehension of the who vs. whom conundrum.

UCWbL Tutors—someone always has an answer and if they don't, they know how to find it.

DePaul Library—their resources are accessible and abundant. Also: the special collections and archives!

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Cynthia M.cynthia_m

Head Writing Fellow, Peer Writing Tutor

I am a senior in the WRD combined BA/MA program and also majoring in Intercultural Communications who loves brainstorming and helping writers find their creative voice. I always remind anyone who will listen that "Everyone's a writer," because it's important to give writers the confidence they need to flesh their ideas out. Besides writing, some of my favorites things include: breaking it down on the dance floor, cartoons, and eating while reading.

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Memos, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Thank You Letters

Tutoring Expertise

MLA

Multilingual Expertise

Spanish

Favorite Writing Resources

UCWbL Tutors are just the brightest and most thoughtful people I've ever interacted with with many different skills sets that they are willing to share! :)

Purdue OWL has samples for just about any type of writing and citation style you could ever want in a concise and cute package!

Grammar Girl just tells it like it is whenever you need to explain the concept of commas or other rad stuff.

Google Scholar not only allows you to link with sources found with the DePaul library—it is also simple to navigate.

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Deanna B.deanna_b

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a senior majoring in Womens and Gender Studies and minoring in English Literature. I can usually be found curled up in a corner of Arts and Letters Hall, with my headphones blasting Bon Iver as I work on a literary analysis or catch up on the latest feminist blog postings. I am passionate about collaborating with my peers on all aspects of writing, but am especially fond of learning their opinions on different issues and working to solidify a strong, persuasive argument.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Cover Letters, English, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, First Year Writing ePortfolio, History, Literary Analysis, Newsletters, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.)

Citation Expertise

Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL has an extensive range of resources, including information on multiple citation styles, helpful grammar guides, and specific resources for a wide range of subjects.

DePaul's Career Center is an excellent resource for working on cover letters, Résumés, and CVs. Their website provides sample Résumés to help get you started as well as a detailed overview of what to include in a cover letter.

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Donovan S.donovan_s

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a junior majoring in English who becomes excited from new vocabulary and ideas. Due to the agency it provides, writing acts as my solace from any problems encountered in life. When I am not writing whilst listening to whatever band struck my interest (my music library is humongous), I ride my bicycle, perform improv comedy, play Dota 2, or expand my .GIF collection. The wisest words given to me about writing came from my coach in high school: "Never be afraid to experiment and bend your writing style." Helping you bend your writing style gives me great joy!

Tutoring Expertise

Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Literary Analysis, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Thank You Letters

Citation Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL possesses an easy to use interface, one which comprehensively assists writers.

UCWbL Tutors—With a friendly atmosphere and a variety of tutors to assist you in any stage of the writing process, the UCWbL surely beats stressing over a paper on your own!

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Elizabeth G.elizabeth_g

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a senior double majoring in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing, and French. This will be my third year at the UCWbL, and after taking a few months off last spring to study abroad in Paris, I am especially eager to be back this fall. As an English and French double-major, I have a passion for language, and I love examining the nuances that go into the craft of writing. In the past, I have interned and volunteered as a tutor at 826CHI and interned as a middle school English Teaching Assistant while in Paris, and I hope to continue to work with writing education in the future. I am excited to be able to do so at the UCWbL.

Tutoring Expertise

Art/Art History, College Applications, Cover Letters, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Journalism, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Thank You Letters, Theatre

Tutoring Expertise

APA, MLA

Multilingual Expertise

French

Favorite Writing Resources

UCWbL Tutors-I have learned so much about writing just by talking with my fellow tutors about how they approach different writing obstacles and by sharing our writing with each other. Because UCWbL tutors come from so many diverse areas of study, they're also my best resource for understanding an assignment I may not be as familiar with.

The Purdue OWL is my favorite online resource for quickly double-checking grammar and citation rules. It's the resource I pull up most often during appointments.

The Little Seagull Handbook is my favorite print resource for looking up formatting and citation rules. It contains full-page, full-color examples that are extremely clear and easy to follow.

Written? Kitten!is a website that rewards writers every time they achieve a predetermined word count with a picture of a kitten. Kitties!

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Emily Pa.emily_pa

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a senior majoring in English and minoring in Professional Writing. Studying literature and being a peer writing tutor have taught me that writing isn't only a way to share knowledge but to create knowledge. I rely on my writing process—taking notes, outlining, drafting, re-drafting—to develop what I thought I knew when I was staring at a blank page. When I'm not writing or talking about writing, I'm reading. When I'm feeling blind or brain dead from too much writing and reading, I'm looking for concerts to attend or overstaying my welcome on friends' couches.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses

Tutoring Expertise

Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Grammar Girl is great for getting quick answers to questions you have when you're mid-draft, mid-paragraph, mid-sentence.

The DePaul Library website makes it easy to access either general or area-specfic research databases. And if you're ever at a loss, the Chat with a Librarian function is perfect to address your unique writing or research situation.

UCWbL Tutors. UCWbLers are bright, friendly, resourceful people who love talk about writing. They also tend to be hilarious.

Purdue OWL is easy to navigate and full of updated answers for any academic writing question. I find it particularly useful for help with citation styles.

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Emily Po.emily_po

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a junior studying Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse. I am currently pursuing a Literature Studies minor as well. I enjoy reading, especially fiction, and I like to watch film, dance, and listen to music. When writing, ambient music helps me to get past mental blocks and relaxes me when I am tense or anxious. I think writing is a fascinating emotional, intellectual, and creative outlet. I love helping others realize the potential of writing, and enabling them to hear their own voice and express their own passion through the written word. My teachers and peers at DePaul have encouraged my own pursuits with writing, and I hope to do the same for those I encounter at the UCWbL this year.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Summaries, Thank You Letters

Tutoring Expertise

Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I often use the Purdue OWL to look up citation guidelines. The OWL offers a generous amount of information on grammar, mechanics, and rhetoric as well.

Peer tutors are always kind and provide helpful and constructive feedback. I do not feel quite satisfied with my writing if only I have looked at it. Other UCWbL tutors are a great resource when I need another set of eyes to review my writing.

Beyond the quiet and bookish atmosphere, the DePaul Library is almost guaranteed to have a print or digital resource for whatever project or research I'm working on.

I use the book Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Joseph Williams as a resource when I feel my writing is unnecessarily wordy and needs to be more efficient. Many of the chapters offer simple advice, but revising my work with these fundamental lessons in mind does wonders for my writing.

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Emma K.emma_k

Peer Writing Tutor

My name is Emma K., and I'm in my third year at DePaul double-majoring in Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse and Public Relations. I love my job as a peer writing tutor because every day presents unique opportunities to help writers realize their potential. My favorite appointments are when writers come in with lots of amazing ideas but are having trouble conveying them in writing. More often than not, these writers just need someone to listen as they "talk through" their main points - and I love being that person! Whenever writers tell me, "I feel SO much better," when they leave our appointment, I'm reminded of why this job is the best job ever.

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, Cover Letters, English, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Magazine Articles, Marketing, Memos, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters

Tutoring Expertise

APA, MLA

Multilingual Expertise

Spanish

Favorite Writing Resources

The Purdue OWL provides a comprehensive and accessible list addressing numerous writing concerns. I use it for citation style all the time!

The DePaul Library&emdash;both the website and the building itself&emdash;is my go-to resource for putting together a research paper, essay or project. The Reference Desk is awesome!

UCWbL Tutors: Whenever I'm not sure how to address a writer's concern, I look to my co-workers. There's always someone who has expertise in an area with which I'm not as confident.

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Emma R.emma_r

Writing Fellow, Peer Writing Tutor

My name is Emma R. and I am a senior at DePaul, pursuing and English major and a Spanish minor. In my free time, I love to travel, try new coffee places, cuddle with dogs, play the guitar, and take long walks. I also write for The DePaulia, covering theater-related interviews and events around Chicago. I think that the ability to share writing with others is incredible! I am thrilled that I get to take part in that process at the UCWbL, which has introduced me to so many fabulous writers and incredible ideas.

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, Cover Letters, English, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Thank You Letters, Theatre

Tutoring Expertise

APA, MLA

Multilingual Expertise

Spanish

Favorite Writing Resources

I have found that UCWbL tutors are always kind and insightful. They eased the transition I faced when entering my freshman year of college and have been helpful ever since!

The Purdue OWL is a clear and efficient way to find answers to a huge variety of writing-related questions.

I am always inclined to bring out a hard copy of the dictionary. It is a wonderful place to discover new words and clarify the meaning of others.

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Gabi M.gabi_m

Peer Writing Tutor

Currently, I am a junior majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in English. I love most genres, but my favorite type of writing by far is creative. I enjoy the challenge of piecing words and sentences together to create something that is completely unique, interesting, and representative of my thoughts. I really enjoy working with others on their writing because I believe that everyone can write well and I want to inspire others to feel confident with and see the potential in their own writing. I am so fortunate to work at the UCWbL because it gives me the opportunity to pursue this passion each and everyday. I look forward to meeting and working with all of the incredible writers here at DePaul.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, History, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Query Letters, Religious Studies, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumé and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Screenplays, Summaries, Thank You Letters

Tutoring Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

UCWbL Tutors are provide strong feedback and help me to determine what direction I want to take my drafts, no matter what stage of the writing process I am in.

The UCWbL website has several writing guides which help to clearly outline different types of writing in everything from résumés and cover letters to common assignments at DePaul.

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Gina O.gina_o

Peer Writing Tutor

I'm a senior majoring in English and French, so naturally, I'm an avid fan of books, baguettes, and bilingual/multilingual studies! I enjoy working with all writers on issues ranging from comma splices to brainstorming content. I feel like I can relate to ESL writers because of my status as a non-native speaker (or writer, for that matter) of French. I studied abroad in Paris during my junior year for a semester; to read about my triumphs and troubles abroad, check out the UCWbL blog spot, http://ucwbling.chicagolandwritingcenters.org/. Though classical and alternative rock music serve as my favorite kind of accompaniment for academic writing, I was voted the UCWbLer most likely to "bust a move" because of my love for rap, hip-hop and R&B. When I graduate this winter, I plan on pursuing a career in translation, editing, or teaching – either in France or at home, in Chicago.

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analyses, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Theatre

Tutoring Expertise

AP, APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Multilingual Expertise

French

Favorite Writing Resources

UCWbL tutors are resourceful because they provide human insight to any questions or issues I may have.

Purdue OWL is an awesome database for all my citation needs.

The DePaul Library has access to an overwhelming amount of research databases and websites. I always search through the Library's website, first and foremost, when looking for primary and secondary sources for a paper.

Previously assigned books for classes serve as great tools for making global connections in any type of writing.

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Hannah B.hannah_b

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a junior majoring in English Literature with a minor in Professional Writing. I love writing literary analysis and conducting research. Aside from my experiences as an English major at DePaul, I am also the editorial intern for Summit Professional Networks, where I write articles for a business-to-business publication, which can be viewed on propertycasualty360.com. Coffee is a necessity to my writing process, and I prefer to write in a quiet and peaceful space. I believe that everyone who writes is a writer, and I love helping writers believe in their writing by helping them bring their great ideas onto the page.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Memos, News Articles, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Thank You Letters, Theses & Dissertations, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

AP, APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I love using Diana Hacker Online because the drop-down menus make it easy to navigate, and there are so many examples.

My fellow UCWbL Tutors are also an amazing source of information, and are always willing to help. In addition to fellow UCWbL Tutors, UCWbLing is a fantastic resource, and I find myself frequently reading blog entries for inspiration.

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Hannah L.hannah_l

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a Chicago writer that dwells in the realms of poetry, academia, technical writing, and editing. I love crafting articulations in the form of verse, thesis statements, masterful in-text citations, and taglines. I write down snapshots of thoughts and frames on the train, and I consider my bloodlines on the page. Shoutouts to the UCWbL Directors and Writers' Guild G's Jen F. and Clare S. for their trust to grow my craft, to sista raconteuse Lily B., to Tree City, to wordsmiths Jamila Woods, Kevin Coval, and Roger Bonair-Agard and Louder Than a Bomb!, Adam Gottlieb, and all you brave voices out there.

Tutoring Expertise

Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, SNL Advanced Projects, Summaries, Thank You Letters, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Multilingual Expertise

Spanish

Favorite Writing Resources

In the spirit of collaboration and collective scholarship, I embrace my peer UCWbL Tutors as my most immediate and tangible resources, as well as the tried and true DePaul Library. Citation goes hand-in-hand with generating collaborative knowledge, so the Purdue OWL and Diana Hacker Online both provide accessible and concise references online for your writing questions.

As a member of the Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse community at DePaul, I stand by the grammarian Martha Kolln's Rhetorical Grammar and Carolyn Rude's Technical Editing for illuminated keys to understanding language at profound levels of signification.

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Ian K.ian_k

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a senior majoring in Digital Cinema Production. I also hold an International Business Administration degree from Linköping University. In order to complete the WELD Atlantis program I, along with one other student, had to pen a 90 page Bachelor Thesis&emdash;there is a secret to it, schedule an appointment to find out what it is. So, as you can imagine, I have a strong background in research-based and academic writing. In addition to writing absurdly long papers, I also enjoy competing in bike races (the pedal kind), brewing and consuming all sorts of coffee, binge-watching HBO Go, and reading.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, History, Literary Analysis, Personal Statements, Political Science, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Screenplays, Thank You Letters, Theses & Dissertations, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I like Purdue OWL and fellow UCWbL Tutors. I think that whenever you can discover new information and acquire new knowledge on your own it is best to do so. In my experience it just lasts longer that way; that being said it's always nice to work with someone, which is where the UCWbL comes in.

My trusty copy of The Norton Field Guide to Writing (circa 2009) that I had to buy Freshman year and was not able to sell back.

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Jade T.jade_t

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a senior finishing up my English major and minor in Business Management. When I'm not gaming or reading, I'm writing. I'm trying to get more of my pieces out there and for now I write a blog for Simpsons on . My writing is influenced by just about everyone. I love collaborating and reading what other writers are doing with their work. Collaboration is the key to learning new techniques for your own writing. It's important to have support in your process, so I am so excited to help others get the support and assistance they need to grow.

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, Conference Papers, English, Research Papers, Screenplays

Citation Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL is my favorite writing resource for the simple reason that it gives actual written examples when explaining how a writing technique is used. Having instructions on how to do something doesn't always come across, so I find it incredibly helpful when they provide an example that I can base my writing off of.

UCWbl Tutors are awesome. There is no better thing for your writing than interacting with another person and getting their feedback. The UCWbl tutors have helped me when I got into so many ruts.

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Jake D.jake_d

Peer Writing Tutor

I'm a Sophomore majoring in Communication with hopes to choose my minor by the end of my second year. While I'm writing, I usually enjoy sitting at my desk and tuning everything else out. I don't listen to music when I write, but when I'm not writing, I make and listen to music almost constantly. Throughout my academic career I've had the privilege of having great teachers that sparked my interest and love for writing. When I started to work with the UCWbL, I loved their idea that anyone who writes anything is a writer. I hope that during my time as a Tutor I can share that idea with everyone I work with and make them more confident in their writing abilities.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Environmental Sciences, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Literary Analysis, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Summaries

Citation Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

DePaul Library—The DePaul Library is a great resource because of it's accessibility on campus, it's always open late and the librarians are always there to help you find what you're looking for. Having such a nice library makes studying and learning so much easier.

UCWbL Tutors—The Tutors at the Writing Center are so great at solving all of your writing frustrations. They are always friendly, knowledgeable and ready to help. I've only had great experiences at the UCWbL and that's why it's my favorite resource.

Oxford English DictionaryThe Oxford English Dictionary or OED, is an awesome resource for bettering your understanding of words and their origins. When writing with complicated diction, I find it very helpful to first understand the meaning and background of a tough word before I use it in a sentence, and with the OED, I can do that.

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Jake H.jake_h

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a senior majoring in Digital Cinema with a focus on screenwriting. Whether it be a TV pilot for class, a cover letter for an internship, or a guitar riff for my band, writing, in some form, always plays a part in my creative and academic life. I love and appreciate the ability to clearly express my thoughts, both vocally and on the page, and the idea of helping others to hone their expression is my reason for working at the UCWbL.

Tutoring Expertise

Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Rhetorical Analyses, Screenplays, Thank You Letters

Citation Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I am relatively new to DePaul, and am selecting "UCWbL Tutors" to represent the writing center at my previous university. That said, I think the opportunity to hear written work read aloud, and expose it to another writer can quickly bring shortcomings to a writers attention.

I often show writing to friends and family to get feedback on the tone, pace, and flow of my work.

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James N.james_n

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a first-year graduate student in DePaul's M.A. program for English Lit, a graduate assistant at the UCWbL, and a member of the Outreach Team. I have previously received a B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University, and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Syracuse University. I am passionate about writing in all contexts, specifically poetry and fiction. I have experience teaching Composition at community colleges in southern Indiana, and I'm very excited about joining the DePaul community and the UCWbL team. Hobbies include supporting Liverpool Football Club, eating Indian food every chance I get, and telling people that I'm writing a novel (which at some point I may actually write). I look forward to collaborating with you at any point in your writing process!

Tutoring Expertise

Art/Art History, English, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Poetry Analyses, Religious Studies, Screenplays

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I prefer to use the Purdue OWL website because of its superb organization and ample resources.

If I am working exclusively with citation issues, then I find that the Diana Hacker Online website provides a concise explanation of the different systems, and serves as an excellent guide through the potentially confusing world of academic citations.

The Dictionary: I like how it has a lot of words in it.

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Jen Fu.jen_fu

Peer Writing Tutor

Hello! I am a sophomore with a Spanish minor who loves to write either outside surrounded by nature or cuddled up in my bed with a hot cup of tea. I love how writing has such a large influence on our lives and the power it can have on our thoughts and emotions. As a tutor, I enjoy helping other people see the power their writing can have on others because anyone who writes is a writer. As the UCWbL’s first core belief, I believe that anyone can write pieces that inspire, motivate, and captivate audiences.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Magazine Articles, News Articles, Newsletters, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumé and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Sociology, Summaries, Thank You Letters

APA, MLA

Multilingual Expertise

Spanish

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL, Diana Hacker Online, DePaul Library, UCWbL Tutors. These resources provide advantageous tips on how to properly cite sources and serve as valuable guides on improving one's writing.

It may seem silly, but students and faculty also serve as valuable writing resources. Receiving feedback from different perspectives on your writing face-to-face can help you break free from a writer's block and overall improve your writing piece.

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Jessie K.jen_fu

Peer Writing Tutor

I’m a junior double majoring in Digital Cinema and English with concentrations in film production and creative writing, respectively. I pride myself in my ability to loiter in cafes, my preferred setting for writing. My productivity has an inverse correlation with how often I tweet. When I’m not writing or tweeting, I foster an unhealthy obsession with Dostoevsky and study at The Second City Conservatory. I believe that a writer can improve only once they allow others to read their work. I hope to help writers get over any fear they may have of sharing their drafts.

Tutoring Expertise

English, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Screenplays, Thank You Letters, Writing for the Web

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

My favorite writing resource is other writers. I learn the most from reading the writing of others and talking to them about their process/discipline.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary app on my phone is my best friend. I am looking up words constantly, even if I feel confident that I know the definition already. It never hurts to be thorough.

Purdue OWL is also great. It contains a wealth of information, but is still easy to navigate. I know I can I always fall back on it if need be.

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Jenn R.jenn_r

Peer Writing Tutor

I'm currently a senior majoring in Physics and minoring in History. When I'm not stuck in the Byrne Hall basement working on Physics or doing research in the library, I love catching up on 90's TV shows, riding my bike through the city and cooking. My favorite aspect of working at the UWCbL is getting to discuss ideas and meet writers in every discipline and from every walk of life.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, Digication/ePortfolios, English, History, Physics, Rhetorical Analyses, Summaries

Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Multilingual Expertise

Spanish

Favorite Writing Resources

DePaul Library: The library tutors are super helpful when it comes to questions about writing conventions across different disciplines and can always be counted on to provide helpful resources.

UCWbL Tutors: Anytime I'm stuck in an appointment or struggling with an aspect of my own writing, turning to the nearest UCWbL tutor is generally a great way to get a fresh take on an issue.

Purdue OWL: The Purdue OWL has always had a great and concise answer for any writing related question I've encountered.

The University of Wisconsin Using Transitions writing page is great for transitions!

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Karla W.karla_w

Peer Writing Tutor

I'm a senior majoring in secondary education with a concentration in English. I'm student teaching next year in Spring quarter for 3 months, so freshmen...BEWARE! What I love about writing is being able to express myself; this might sound cheesy but I love getting assignments in English classes where I get to thoroughly explain my argument, and I love that someone's argument could potentially be totally different from my own. Which then leads to why I like helping others with their writing: collaboration is amazing! I think it's fascinating when two people can come together and create new and interesting ideas. When I'm writing, I usually like to be in quiet places such as my apartment or the library, but I can tolerate some moderate noise (i.e., country music). When I'm not writing, you'll find me doing homework or working out; that's pretty much life until student teaching consumes most of it.

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Poetry Analyses, Religious Studies, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, ésumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), SNL ILPs, Summaries, Thank You Letters

Citation Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The DePaul Library is a great writing resource to use because it's literally available to you at any time, day or night. I love the online chat that allows you to communicate with a librarian, who can direct you to several links and websites within and outside the DePaul community. The library is also a useful source because it offers several search engines based on specific subjects or interests, so navigating is quick and easy.

I've been a fan of the Purdue OWL for years, and it's still one of my favorites as a writing resource. The Purdue OWL offers in depth explanations of the different types of writing styles, while also providing examples of an abstract page and citation page. Purdue OWL is also great for reviewing those simple grammar school English rules we often forget; conjunctions anyone?

Another writing resource I still use is a book I've had since 8th grade, you know that time when you're first learning how to write your first research paper. The book is titled How to Write A Research Paper: A Complete Guide. I love this book because it's great to flip through and have helpful reminders regarding specific title pages and different types of writing styles. I also love this book because it has a really in-depth explanations about citations, which can still be confusing depending of the type of writing style.

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Kate O.kate_o

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a second-year graduate student in the Master's of Writing and Publishing program here at DePaul. I am primarily a fiction writer, but I also write for the web and enjoy writing a variety of genres. I spent the three years between graduating from undergrad and beginning grad school teaching English abroad. I spent two years in Colombia and a year in France and did some traveling in between. I am happy to work with you on any piece of writing in English, Spanish, or French. Welcome to the UCWbL!

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, Book Proposals, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Magazine Articles, Personal Statements, Political Science, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Résumé and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters, Theses & Dissertations, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Multilingual Expertise

Spanish, French

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL, Grammar Girl , UCWbL Tutors

I also love Elements of Style by Strunk and White as a general grammar and style go-to.

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Katie C.katie_c

Peer Writing Tutor, Head Writing Fellow

I am a junior majoring in Secondary English Education. I love writing because it is my favorite form of self expression. Helping other people with their writing allows me to take something that a lot of people find challenging and turn it into something they can enjoy, which makes expressing themselves that much easier. I'm a pop culture junkie, so when I'm not writing I can usually be found watching my favorite shows and tweeting about them. This really just makes me a writer again because, as The Handbook points out, "Anyone who writes anything is a writer," (Tweets included.).

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Lesson Plans, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Music Education , Poetry Analyses, Rhetorical Analyses, Summaries, Theatre

Tutoring Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The Purdue OWL, because it is up to date, easy to use, and comprehensive. I have yet to have a question it was unable to answer.

Other Peer Writing Tutors, because collaborating with other people helps to find multiple answers to my questions and also helps me to gain a lot of knowledge and insight.

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Katie M.katie_m

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a senior enrolled in the combined BA/MA Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse program. As a writer, I know how daunting it can be to sit down with a blank page and immediately feel stumped. (As Aaron Sorkin says, "I love writing, but hate starting.") My favorite part about working at the UCWbL is helping writers get over that initial hurdle and start the ideas flowing. There's nothing like a satisfying rush of inspiration to kickstart the writing process, and I'm always happy when I'm able to help another writer achieve that. When I'm not at the UCWbL, I doing copyediting work for The Playlist.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Business Plans, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Poetry Analyses, Query Letters, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters, Writing for the Web

Tutoring Expertise

AP, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The Purdue OWL is a great tool for quickly referencing grammar and citation rules. I find it especially helpful for double-checking citation styles that I'm not familiar with.

CMS Table of Contents—I often use Chicago-style citations in my own writing, and the CMS Online is perfect for double-checking my work. Its table of contents is very detailed, which makes it easy to find precise answers to your questions.

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Katie O.katie_o

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a sophomore majoring in History with a concentration in public history and I am minoring in Journalism. When I am not writing you can find me reading anything and everything from newspaper articles to history textbooks. I have often heard that writing should create change. The reason I enjoy writing as much as I do is because I hope to make a notable impact someday. I am excited to have a job helping others achieve their writing goals so that they can be proud of what they have accomplished through writing.

Tutoring Expertise

Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, First Year Writing ePortfolio, History, Journalism, Literary Analysis, News Articles, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Summaries

Tutoring Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

UCWbl tutors can offer more personalized guidance for my writing. They understand my goals and purpose with each piece and give the best advice to help me achieve it.

Grammar Girl gives simple explanations for complicated grammar stumps that I often find myself in. It is very convenient as I have the app on my iPhone.

I found that the Purdue OWL is the best for questions about paper structure and citation format.

The handy Thesaurus on Dictionary.com helps me avoid repetition when writing. I always have it open on my browser when writing a paper.

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Kayla D.kayla_d

Peer Writing Tutor

I am currently a senior majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Human Services. My minors are in Sociology and Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies (PAX). My major writing project this year will be my honor's thesis, which is actually a research project about rape culture. My favorite place to write on campus definitely has to be in the quad when the weather is nice, or else in the library. When I am not writing, I am probably with my sorority or my honor's fraternity Phi Sigma Pi. Or I am at work at the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center (CCAC) downtown working with children who have experienced sexual abuse. I look forward to working with everyone at the UCWbL to strengthen my writing skills and help others do so as well!

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Psychology, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Sociology, Thank You Letters

APA, MLA, ASA

Multilingual Expertise

French

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL is the best website to use when you are making your citations. This website has information about all of the different scenarios you might encounter for citations (1 author, 2+ authors, online information, quoting a source, etc) and it provides this information for a plethora of citation styles.

DePaul Library is the best way to get a research paper started because it has so many different databases to use for journal articles, as well as the DePaul library for books. Plus, if you ever get stuck or lost on your search, there are DePaul librarians there to help over the computer 24/7.

The tutors at the UCWbL have always been helpful when it comes to any part of the writing process. Whether it is finding a topic to fit your assignment, finding documents to support your argument, organizing your paper, or just getting a final read-through they can help. They are even amazing at using DePaul's digication, which can definitely get a little confusing sometimes.

PsiChiDePaul is one of my other favorite writing resources because it contains information specific to Psychology students and their writing. Plus it is just an amazing website in general.

This is a quick tip style guide for those working in ASA citation format. It is very helpful not only for those writing in ASA for the first time, but for anyone as a quick refresher of what these citations include

Word Counter Is an amazing resource for all writers. The blog posts vary from how to improve your vocabulary to beating writer's block (which is actually more like writer's procrastination). There is a blog topic for everyone.

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Keely B.keely_b

Peer Writing Tutor

My name is Keely and I am a graduate student studying for my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Before attending DePaul University, I went to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where I received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology; I also received a minor in anthropology. Since I majored in psychology I have been using APA style formatting for the majority of my papers. This has given me a lot of experience in using this type of formatting as well as knowledge on some of the finer and lesser known points of APA style. I know how difficult it can be writing a research paper and making sure you are citing that paper correctly, so please come to me if you ever need any help or just want to know more about APA style formatting.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Cover Letters, English, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Personal Statements, Psychology, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Sociology, Summaries, Thank You Letters

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The DePaul Library is a great resource that can really help when writing a research paper.

Purdue OWL is my go-to website to make sure I am citing my APA and MLA papers up to current standards.

I really like to use Son of Citation Machine to help me with my citations. It's one of those easy-to-use websites that can help cite sources for you. This website can help generate a variety of APA, MLA, Chicago, and Turbian source citations. I am also an avid user of dictionary.com which helps me search for synonymous and antonyms to help better articulate some of my points within my papers.

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Keli T.keli_t

Workshops Assistant Coordinator, Peer Writing Tutor

I am a second year student in DePaul's Master of Arts in English program and am a writing tutor, writing fellow, and Workshops Team graduate assistant at the UCWbL. I find the most rewarding part of working at the UCWbL to be the multitudinous opportunities for collaboration with writers during all stages of their writing processes. As for my own work, when not writing for academic purposes, I enjoy composing anemic imitations of Mervyn Peake.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Journalism, Lesson Plans, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Memos, News Articles, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), SNL Advanced Projects, Summaries, Thank You Letters, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

When writing, I am never far from a dictionary and a thesaurus (my favorites are the Oxford English Dictionary and The Synonym Finder, respectively).

I like to consult the data at Google Ngram Viewer for help when feeling undecided between a pair of words or phrases.

My two favorite books on the art of writing are Joseph M. Williams' Style: The Basics of Clarity and Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style.

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Kevin S.kevin_s

Peer Writing Tutor

I'm working on my M.A. in Writing and Publishing. My fiction has appeared in DePaul's Crook & Folly and Joliet Junior College's Word Eater. I also contribute articles to Midwestreal and Wakingtimes. You can view my other writing at kevinsterne.com. I'm a huge music geek and love post-hardcore and post-rock music. I keep my beer gut from getting too noticeable by running long distance races. I've never viewed the UCWbL as "work" in the traditional sense -- for me, it's a place to be with friends who share the same interests: writing, sharing writing, and talking craft. That's why I love this place. And the people are awesome, too.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Book Proposals, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Journalism, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, News Articles, Personal Statements, Query Letters, Research Papers, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Screenplays, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Joseph M. Williams is a fantastic prescriptivist resource for writing clearly, succinctly, and effectively. I keep my copy next to my keys, wallet, and phone so I always have it when I walk out the door.

The Artful Edit by Susan Bell is a wonderful source I turn to when editing a short story. It's chocked full of useful tips and examples.

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Kiernan G.kiernan_g

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a first year law student at DePaul College of Law where I am focusing on Public Interest Law. This will be my second year at the UCWbL and I am excited to return for another fun-filled year. Writing has always been a part of my life and although I enjoy writing for myself, I especially enjoy reading the written works of others. I am constantly finding inspiration growing within Tolstoy, Rowling, Dickens, letters from friends, and of course within the works that make their way to the UCWbL everyday. I am very much eager to start working with writers this year. I look forward to collaborating, exchanging ideas, and learning from anyone willing to share. I hope we can inspire each other and hopefully share some laughs this year. Cheers!

Tutoring Expertise

Cover Letters, English, Personal Statements, Political Science, Research Papers, Summaries

Citation Expertise

Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The DePaul Library is an awesome resource to refer to if you are writing a research paper or if you are simply in need of a fun book to read to pass the time. The staff is incredibly reliable and are always open to any questions you may have, particularly with regards to research. Plus, they are super friendly and will most likely brighten your day.

UCWbL Tutors are definitely one of the resources I am constantly going to for help. They are a great resource to turn to if you have a question about anything: citations, writing styles, good pizza joints, etc. They are always willing to help and they will always have your back.

Purdue OWL is a source I am constantly turning to when I need help with citations. The OWL provides a great step by step process for any citation you have questions about. It also has examples of how you would use a citation in a paper. It's definitely worth checking out.

The Writer's Handbook from the University of Madison is an awesome resource if you are stuck on transitional words and phrases. Transition words are great tools that help with the flow of your paper but they can also be super tricky. The Writer's Handbook is a fantastic guide to transitions.

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Lauren A.lauren_a

Peer Writing Tutor

I am currently a sophomore majoring in Communications and Media Studies with a minor in American Sign Language. For me, writing has always been a way to express myself whether that's jotting down stories in my journal or writing posts on my favorite social media sites. Quiet places such as cozy coffee shops, the DePaul library, and cuddled up in my bed is where I love to do most of my writing. Writing has always been a passion of mine, and I desire to guide other writers to feel confident and excited about their own writing ability, as well!

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

UCWbL Tutors helped me tremendously during my first year of college. They were always there to guide me through areas in which I struggled and be those extra set of eyes!

The Purdue OWL is a great resource for providing easy-to-follow examples, and everything you need to know about MLA formatting.

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Mackenzie C.mackenzie_c

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a sophomore majoring in English with a Creative Writing concentration and minoring in Professional Writing and Community Service Studies. I love writing poetry while listening to the Her soundtrack as well as the Peter Pan instrumental soundtrack. When I am not writing I enjoy making the occasional craft, going to concerts, volunteering with Amnesty International, and staying active in Chicago's social justice community. Although creative writing runs through my veins, any type of writing is exciting to me. For this reason I am thrilled to be a part of the UCWbL community and can't wait to work with so many other unique writers!

Tutoring Expertise

CCollege Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, News Articles, Newsletters, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I like UCWbL Tutors as resources because they are a great opportunity to talk through any concerns one has with a particular piece of writing. That peer to peer conversation can be the turning point in a writing process where confidence is developed and goals are met.

I like Purdue OWL mostly because of the amount of detail that the website goes into. It explains so many different aspects of writing and the writing process. OWL gives conrete example that make executing what the site is explaining much easier.

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Maddie N.madelyn_n

Peer Writing Tutor

I am currently a senior, majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Human Development. I believe that writing is a social process and personally enjoy the collaborative aspects of crafting a piece. I love helping others find their own niche in accordance to the writing process, but through this dialogue am also grateful for the new information I have learned about writing. In my free time, I enjoy eating copious amounts of cereal, building forts, and quoting lines from SpongeBob. I also play bass in a shoegaze band and have made it a goal to relive the 90s!

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Cover Letters, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Literary Analysis, Philosophy, Psychology, Research Papers, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Sociology, Summaries

Citation Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The DePaul Library is a great resource when trying to locate specific texts to help write a paper or strengthen a piece. The chat with a librarian feature is an easy way to receive help when searching for possible works, especially if your topic is narrow or if you need help navigating the search domains.

The Purdue OWL website is incredibly helpful in regards to paper format. This recourse is extremely easy to navigate and provides examples and instructions in accordance to paper composition.

The UCWbL Tutors are a welcoming and knowledgeable resource! I often turn to UCWbLers when I need help brainstorming or organizing a piece, or when I feel completely lost in regards to the formation of my paper.

When writing and formatting psychology-based research papers, I often turn to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. I specifically like this text because it provides examples of structured papers, as well as lists the necessary information needed to craft each section of an authentic and unbiased research paper.

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Maddy B.madeline_b

Peer Writing Tutor

Hi! I'm a sophomore majoring in Journalism. I began reading at the age of two and have loved writing to express myself ever since. Being a writer is a major part of my identity; I enjoy writing everything from poems to articles for the DePaulia. I am passionate about helping fellow writers realize the potential to convey their own opinions and ideas through written language. That's why my favorite UcWbL core belief is its first one: "Anyone who writes anything is a writer." When I'm not writing, I enjoy exploring the city and spending time talking with people. Inspiration comes from experience, whether individual or shared!

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Journalism, Magazine Articles, News Articles, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses

Citation Expertise

AP, MLA

Multilingual Expertise

French

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL is the foundation for any writer looking to garner a thorough and accurate understanding of any citation style. It's the go-to, the fall-back, and a resource I have been grateful exists countless times throughout my academic career.

Grammar Girl is the perfect resource for any of those pesky "Which word do I use in this context?" questions. Their "quick and dirty tips" are supremely helpful in a pinch when attempting to decipher between homophones or for unusually nitpicky grammar questions.

As a journalism major and aspiring journalist, the AP Stylebook is an essential. I recommend having it in print because it has an easy-to-use index and is one of the most well-organized resources I've used.

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Maggie C.maggie_c

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a first year graduate student in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse M.A. program. I received my B.A. in English from Saint Xavier University, and I was a writing tutor there as well. I love helping people overcome their challenges with writing and improve their confidence as writers. When I'm not tutoring, you can find me commuting, exercising, drinking coffee, or doing homework.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, English, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Memos, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL—It is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide for writing and citations.

Grammar Girl—I use this website for quick grammar, punctuation, or usage questions. It is friendly and easy to understand.

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Maggie M.maggie_m

Peer Writing Tutor

Hello! I am a second year student at DePaul's College of Law working on a certificate in public interest law to supplement my J.D. curriculum while serving as a teaching assistant in the first year legal analysis, research, and communication program. In college, I double majored in community psychology and peace studies at DePaul. 2014-2015 is my fourth academic year as a peer-writing tutor. My favorite aspect of the UCWbL is our commitment to talking about writing while tutors and writers sit on a level, peer-based playing field. As a writer myself, I work best while karaoke-ing Disney music.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, College Applications, Cover Letters, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Memos, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Sociology, Summaries, Thank You Letters, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

APA, Bluebook

Multilingual Expertise

Spanish

Favorite Writing Resources

The Purdue OWL does a good job of providing examples and explanations for a variety of citation scenarios that are set up in a user friendly navigation platform. As a writer usually looking for quick citation answers, the OWL is clear.

There isn't a resource that parallels the learning benefits of having actual conversations with other writers.

Not only does the DePaul Library subscribe to many research databases through the library that aid in academic exploration, but the library staff are very knowledgeable go-to people when navigating the research world.

This platform is most commonly thought of as a forum for crafts and recipes. However, searching for writing tips generally or by specific academic discipline often leads to helpful strategies and links that can be very helpful throughout the writing process.

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Marianne B.marianne_b

Peer Writing Tutor

I approach tutoring, fundamentally, as a creative collaboration with writers because I believe that engagement between writer and reader in the creative process brings a depth to the end result that would not otherwise be possible. My work at the UCWbL brings to fruition my many years as a high school English teacher, which inform my analytic approach to problem solving, as well as my intuitive interest in writers and the principles of good writing. With my Master's of Arts Degrees in Educating Adults and Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse, I plan to return to the classroom to teach writing.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, Biology, Book Proposals, Business Plans, Chemistry, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, Economics, English, Environmental Sciences, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, History, Journalism, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, Marketing, Mathematics, Memos, Music Education , News Articles, Newsletters, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Poetry Analyses, Political Science, Psychology, Query Letters, Religious Studies, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Screenplays, SNL Advanced Projects, SNL ILPs, Sociology, Summaries, Thank You Letters, Theatre, Theses & Dissertations, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL and Diana Hacker Online are nicely organized and quick.

I turn to UCWbL tutors because I love to discuss/debate the finer points of writing.

Grammar Girl is fun.

Warriner's English Composition and Grammar—the text I used as a high school student and English teacher. It covers all the basics, thoroughly.

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Mark L.mark_l

Peer Writing Tutor, CMWR

I attended DePaul for both my BA and MA in Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse, and now I am an instructor in the First Year Writing Program. Language and literacies are pretty much the coolest! And I excitedly will talk about anything related to language. Outside of writing, I love cooking and eating—especially homemade bread, my grandmother's recipe. I am a pretty big fan of The Simpsons and Thomas the Tank Engine. And yes, I have been in a rodeo. I may also happen to be a Bears fanatic.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

APA

Favorite Writing Resources

UCWbL tutors are a great resource because they provide new perspectives and ideas. Additionally, they also can give you a great resource for a specific question.

Diana Hacker Online is my life for citation help. The easy-to-use drop-down menu makes finding the source type extremely quick, and she has great examples to help model the correct conventions.

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Michelle C.michelle_c

Peer Writing Tutor

As a history major, the UCWbL is a crucial part of my writing process. I need a lot of feedback in order to gauge whether my reader is clear on my message or if I need to put more into each assignment. I've come to that understanding through working with other students and using the writing center frequently as a student. Working with other students helps me to be a better writer because it often opens my mind to other ideas, structures, and techniques. Feedback is crucial to effective communication, and I learn how to do that in the UCWbL everyday.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, History, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, News Articles, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), SNL Advanced Projects, SNL ILPs, Sociology, Theses & Dissertations, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

APA

Multilingual Expertise

French

Favorite Writing Resources

I love Grammar Girl because she's super fun and plucky, somehow she makes the rules of grammar less painful and more understandable.

Diana Hacker Online is the holy grail of academic websites, easy to search within and easy to use.

I also really like UW Madison's writing center's handout on paraphrasing and quoting sources. I use it a lot myself and when I work with other writers; it's crucial that we acknowledge our sources in academic writing. This guide takes some of the pressure of off trying to figure out how to quote and paraphrase well.

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Matt K.matt_k

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a junior majoring in Accountancy and am in the University Honors Program. I am also a part of Beta Alpha Psi, the honors accounting fraternity. Outside of DePaul, I take classes at the Second City and am part of both the Writing and Improv programs. My takeaway from the synthesis of education and comedy is that writing can be made into a worthwhile experience through collaboration. I look forward to bringing my background in business, education, and comedy writing to every person who comes in for help at the UCWbL.

Tutoring Expertise

Accounting, Annotated Bibliographies, Business Plans, Cover Letters, English, History, Research Papers, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Thank You Letters

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

1. "My Grammar and I... Or Should That Be Me? How to Speak and Write It Right" by Caroline Taggart and J.A. Wines. I often reference this source because this book clearly presents both standard and complex grammar issues in an easy to understand format.

2. The Purdue OWL. I visit the Owl for pretty much every citation need because, let's be honest, remembering all of those different citation formats can be overwhelming; like a crowded K-mart on layaway.

3. "Bossypants" by Tina Fey. In addition to being my idol, Tina has a way of always writing with a distinct point of view; a focus that all writers need to look at when working on a project. Also, this book just has some plain good advice.

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Maya S.maya_s

Peer Writing Tutor

I'm a sophomore majoring in Studio Art and minoring in Graphic Design. I enjoy reading philosophical and literary texts in either complete silence or deafening white noise, but I always write in quiet places. I see good writing more as a process than an outcome, so I spend a lot more time thinking of what I want to write than actually writing it. I like tutoring because it gives me a way to share and discuss ideas with others while helping them put their thoughts into words. When I'm free, I'm probably eating or doing anything related to art.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Multilingual Expertise

Spanish (intermediate)

Favorite Writing Resources

DePaul Library

A thesaurus - varying word choice always makes a paper more interesting to read, in my opinion. Careful and appropriate word variation can make even the dullest of content more descriptive and intriguing to a reader.

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Meagan A.meagan_a

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a junior majoring in Creative Writing and am in my first year of the BA/MA in Writing and Publishing program. I write primarily poetry and nonfiction, and I run DePaul's chapter of The World Needs More Love Letters. I've always loved reading and workshopping classmates' work and the experience has been invaluable for my own writing, but I'm excited to expand beyond creative writing and work closely with students outside of my usual realm.

"If you ask me where my own home is, the only answer I can give is that it's not a place but words. I live in words and words are where I belong." —Aidan Chambers

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, English, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Journalism, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, News Articles, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses

Citation Expertise

AP, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL: I like this site because it's a good, comprehensive guide to more than one citation style and it offers good example pages/citations.

St. Martin's Handbook: This book goes beyond being useful in the realm of citations and contains grammar lessons and advice on writing different kinds of pieces. If it was assigned to you freshman year, I'd recommend hanging on to it!

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Megan P.megan_p

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a sophomore majoring in Secondary Education and English and minoring in American Studies. If I'm not writing with my favorite Pilot G-2 .7 pen in a composition notebook, I'm probably reading a short story collection or drinking ginger ale from those sweet glass bottles. My favorite part of the UCWBL mission is that "writing promotes learning, critical inquiry, self-development, and reflection through continual revision." The community that writing creates is so powerful and I am excited to help build it within the UCWBL with others.

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Personal Statements, Rhetorical Analyses

Citation Expertise

Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL—Their Research and Citation section is easy to navigate and presents the information in a way that is easily digested.

UCWBL Tutors - The diversity of experience and expertise of the tutors is an invaluable resource. Even one brief session with a tutor can dramatically alter a piece of writing or even an idea.

DePaul Library—Even when looking for a relatively obscure title or researching a specific topic, the librarians are always able to help me find what I'm looking for or at least start me on the right path.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online Q+A Section—The Q+A section holds both useful and interesting tidbits about any relatively obscure question you may have.

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Melanie K.melanie_k

Peer Writing Tutor, Graduate Assistant

Hi! My name is Melanie, and I am a first year graduate student in the Masters of English program. I received my undergraduate degree at DePaul with a major in psychology and a minor in fine arts. The first core belief of the UCWbL, "Anyone who writes anything is a writer," is the foundation of my philosophy and approach to tutoring. Through writing, each individual can express, communicate and develop his or her thoughts, feelings and beliefs and engage in an active learning process. When I am not tutoring, writing, reading or learning, I enjoy research, analysis, nature, long walks, arts and crafts, theater, coffee and cats.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, College Applications, Cover Letters, English, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Memos, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Poetry Analyses, Psychology, Research Papers, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Sociology, Summaries, Thank You Letters

Citation Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Grammar Girl is user-friendly and provides easily understandable explanations for common and unfamiliar grammar questions.

Purdue OWL is my go-to site for citation and formatting inquiries.

The DePaul Library serves as a porthole into the world of information, and one can get lost for hours researching and learning within its net of knowledge.

UCWbL tutors can provide knowledge, advice and expertise on questions and concerns related to writing as well as insight into tutoring practices and specific scenarios.

The Oxford English Dictionary Online is a great source to discover complete word definitions, comprehensive etymology, and word usage.

The APA style website provides tutorials on APA citation and formatting as well as up-to-date revisions of the style handbook.

The Baker College Library has clear and organized PDFs regarding APA references and APA in text citations.

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Michele L.michelle_l

Peer Writing Tutor

I am junior, majoring in Women's and Gender Studies with a minor in creative writing. Creative writing has always been my favorite thing to write. I used to focus on poetry, but have recently been favoring short stories—I love writing dialogue. My favorite UCWbL core belief is number one: Anyone who writes anything is a writer. I like this one because I feel like people have a tendency to be intimidated by writing and writers. I know I put a lot of pressure on myself when writing and I like that this belief encourages everyone, at every level, just to write.

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Journalism

Citation Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I find that Purdue OWL is really comprehensive for clarifying citation questions. It includes videos, exercises, and examples to help writers.

First person resources are always my favorite because you can ask questions until you understand. There is such a range of expertise at the UCWbL that there is probably someone who can answer whatever your question is.

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Micki B.micki_b

Peer Writing Tutor

I'm in my final year as an English major, concentrating in Literature. If I had to get a tattoo of one of the UCWbL's core beliefs, I'd choose "everyone who writes is a writer." I aim to reduce the frustration of academic writing during appointments and encourage writers to experiment with other styles and forms so that they may find the same love and enjoyment of writing that I have. I've been learning and performing at Second City, iO, and various other venues in Chicago since SNL Season 32 (one of the very best). I'm working to become a verified Twitter account.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Screenplays, Thank You Letters, Theatre, Theses & Dissertations

MLA, MHRA

Favorite Writing Resources

Grammar Girl: Concise answers to popular questions, references included. There's also a podcast so I can get information streamed directly to my brain.

UCWbL Tutors: Being that I'm constantly surrounded by the best and brightest at DePaul, it would be criminal if this *wasn't* one of my top resources.

Purdue OWL: The amount of information available on OWL makes it something I can use for anything, from simple grammar questions to guidance on how to structure whole assignments.

Oxford English Dictionary: Sometimes I use words and realize I don't know if I used them correctly. Not only can I get a definition, there's also a long history of how the word has appeared over the course of recorded history.

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Mohna K.mohna_k

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a senior majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Comparative Literature, so I am often entrenched in the writing act. I love helping others with their writing primarily because I sincerely enjoy the act of collaboration, and seeing the way in which the coming together of multiple perspectives leads to the growth/development of ideas. I think there is something uniquely compelling about the transformation of ideas into a piece of written work. When I'm not writing, you'll probably find me reading something labyrinthine, or listening to one of my top three favorite artists: Michael Jackson, Nirvana, and Deerhunter.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, English, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literary Analysis, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Theses & Dissertations

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

UCWbL Tutors are excellent resources as they add yet another perspective into the mix, and can provide valuable insight if or when you are unsure about a particular writing-related concern.

The DePaul Library is a great resource for writers—it's a great place to seek out help regarding any and all research concerns.

I would definitely recommend the Purdue OWL as a resource for writers as it provides writers with a great deal of help with many writing-related concerns, including grammar/punctuation, developing a thesis statement, and citations (and everything in between!)

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Molly R.molly_r

EDGE Coordinator, Peer Writing Tutor

I am a peer writing tutor at the UCWbL and a graduate assistant in the department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse (WRD) at DePaul. I received my BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I double-majored in English and Art. I have been a writing tutor/instructor for four years, and I love collaborating with others on writing projects. My favorite UCWbL core belief states that all writers can improve their writing by sharing work and revising based on constructive criticism. Every writer needs a reader! When I'm not UCWbLing, there's a good chance you can find me drinking coffee or making a mess in my kitchen.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), SNL Advanced Projects, Summaries, Thank You Letters, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

UCWbL Tutors: They're so supportive and smart!

Purdue OWL: I love this resource. It offers a range of materials for different writing projects. One of my favorites is the Citation Style Chart, which contains a side-by-side comparison of APA, MLA, and Chicago citation styles.

Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace (Joseph M. Williams): Over the past few years, this book has helped me write so much more clearly and persuasively. In it, Williams offers several step-by-step strategies for crafting more effective sentences and paragraphs. If you want your writing to be more concise, focused, or powerful, I highly recommend checking it out.

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Monisa A.monisa_a

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a junior double majoring in English and Biology. As you might be able to guess, I love working with all kinds of writing: from personal narratives to lab write-ups to grocery lists. Working at the UCWbL allows me to encounter writers at all stages in the process, from drafting, to tying loose ends, to finding a place to start. As a tutor, being a part of that process, and working so closely with writers to develop ideas and translate them into the written word is incredibly rewarding. Outside of my time devoted to writing, I love to emotionally invest in novels, video games, and animated movies.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Biology, Chemistry, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Journalism, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters, Theatre

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The Purdue OWL is a great, updated resource for all things citations (the conventions for which I frequently need refreshing).

Who better to consult with tutoring questions than fellow UCWbL tutors? They never fail to offer a unique and informed perspective on issues I might come across about and during the tutoring and writing process.

I love me a good thesaurus. I find that they are always the best resource for finding the most tone and context-appropriate words.

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Nick E.nick_e

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a second year grad student in the Masters of Arts in Writing and Publishing. I have a strong love of literature, poetry, films, and theater. I have written for The DePaulia, and other online publications. I am proficient in most forms of Journalism, and love looking at grammar, and examining a writer's work. I'm also a comedy writer for Whiskey Wry Productions. Follow us on twitter for awesome sketch comedy shows.

Tutoring Expertise

Art/Art History, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, History, Journalism, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, News Articles, Poetry Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Screenplays, Thank You Letters, Theatre, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

Purdue OWL,
Diana Hacker Online,
Grammar Girl.

Thesaurus.org: A simple tool, but I find that it is immensely helpful in my writing both creatively, and academically. It always has the word you're looking for.

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Patrick K.patrick_k

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a Junior, majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in Software Engineering. While my field of study is based in technology, I also love reading and writing. I write mostly short stories, but hopefully I can get published as a novelist. I believe that nothing is created alone, and the best things in life are done in collaboration. I enjoy tutoring because it helps both tutor and writer grow and become more effective users of language. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, swing dancing, and puttering about on the internet.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Rhetorical Analyses, SNL Advanced Projects, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Grammar Girl is one of those websites that I found myself coming back to for many tutoring and personal purposes. It is often the first Google result whenever you type in most general writing question and it always gives clear and easy to understand answers.

While I used to turn to the Purdue OWL for all my citation needs, I have recently been converted over to mainly using Diana Hacker Online because it has a much clearer website layout and a really helpful drag down menu for finding exactly the citation information you need.

UCWbL Tutors: When you are in the writing center, you are sitting in a room with fifteen or so extremely smart and talented writers who really know their stuff and they are always willing to help in any way they can.

Writing Center Websites: When I need a more in-depth answer to a question that I have, or if I want to recommend a resource for writer, I always turn to the resources that almost every Writing Center has on their websites. I start with the UCWbL's online resources, but I often frequent the website of the writing centers at University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

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Rachel H.rachel_h

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a sophomore majoring in Journalism and Political Science. I enjoy writing articles covering a variety of topics while sipping tea and listening to Radiohead. I am also a copy editor for the DePaulia and a freelancer for The Enterprise, a weekly paper near my parent's home. I love the atmosphere of the UCWbL and enjoy working with others through writing.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Journalism, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, News Articles, Newsletters, Political Science, Research Papers, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

AP, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL, Grammar Girl, DePaul Library

Their breadth of information is key for writing a paper, whether it be weeks ahead of time or the night before.

AP Style—it's rad. Sometimes it takes awhile to find what I need, but the AP Style Guide is the ultimate reference for articles and my journalism classes.

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Rachel P.rachel_p

Peer Writing Tutor, Graduate Assistant

I'm a first year graduate student in the Writing and Publishing program and a creative writer. I write both poetry and fiction, and some of my favorite authors who have impacted my writing are Patrick Rothfuss, Alison Croggon, and J.R.R. Tolkien. I love writing because I find it inspiring how different people can use the same building blocks (words) to say completely new and diverse things; I love helping others with writing because I believe that everyone deserves to learn how to use those building blocks to the best of their ability in order to let their personal voices shine.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, English, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Religious Studies, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Summaries, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I like and use Purdue OWL as a quick and easy reference guide for MLA and APA citations, paper formatting, and more because it has very thorough, easy-to-understand examples and helpful sample papers. When I forget exactly where this period goes, whether that element is italicized or not, or how the line spacing should be in this or that section, Purdue OWL is my favorite place to look for quick answers.

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Remy T.remy_t

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a senior majoring in Media and Cinema Studies and minoring in Philosophy. I like to write in the library because I'm easily distracted by things like television, paintings, and the conversation of others. I really like Ernest Hemingway, existential literature, and young adult fantasy and science fiction. I also enjoy creative writing, specifically the forms of screenplay and short story. When I'm not writing, I love to perform with my improvisation team, Big Money Crew Money Champions.

Tutoring Expertise

English, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Journalism, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Philosophy, Research Papers, Screenplays

Citation Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The staff at the DePaul Library are very helpful when it comes to finding scholarly sources for papers!

Purdue OWL—I usually have trouble remembering all the specific rules for citations, so it's helpful to have a reliable resource for that.

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Ryan M.ryan_m

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a sophomore majoring in Journalism and minoring in American Politics. I love writing about current events, news, pop-culture, politics, sports, and literature. I think it is important to look at all things analytically. We must be able to ask ourselves what certain things mean, and how seemingly small factors have an impact on the big picture. I also love to find effective and reliable research to support my statements in my writing. This ideology has made me who I am as a student and a writer, and I am excited to continue to grow and develop with my work at the UCWbL.

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, English, History, Journalism, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, News Articles, Political Science, Research Papers

Citation Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I think the UCWbL is a great resource because nothing can quite match what you can learn from a peer tutor. The UCWbL tutors offer insightful help and guide you in answering extremely useful question. As far as online resources go, Grammar Girl and the Purdue OWL are phenomenal. They are incredibly well organized and simple to navigate and understand.

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Ted D.ted_d

Peer Writing Tutor

I'm a senior, majoring in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse. When I'm not writing for class or work, I enjoy cooking/experimenting with recipes. Something that cooking and writing have in common is that there is always room for revision. It'll usually take me a few attempts/revisions before I get a recipe how I want it, and the same is true for my writing. In experimenting with my cooking and writing, a certain level of risk taking is necessary for my work to change and evolve, which is why creating an environment where writers can comfortably take risks is central to my tutoring philosophy and one of my everyday tutoring goals.

Tutoring Expertise

Cover Letters, English, Lesson Plans, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I'm a big fan of Grammar Girl because it's casual and accessible, which makes it great when I need a quick and accurate answer to a relatively inconsequential grammar-related question.

I like Purdue OWL because it's thorough, so it's helpful when I've got a big picture question about something like how to incorporate articles in a particular style or citations.

When I'm trying to explain a complicated concept or explain a difficult point, one of the things I most think about is the words I'm using and the small differences of meaning between them. So, the Merriam-Webster dictionary app on my phone is a resource I really like because it let's me quickly check the meanings of words and decide which I want to use to accurately explain. It's a download I definitely recommend.

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Thano P.thano_p

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a senior, majoring in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. When I write, I usually find myself plopped in comfy armchair and covered in as many pillows and blankets as possible. Though the soundtrack to my work varies, it's usually anything that you'd hear on Chicago's Q101 or my own Byzantine Chant playlist. I love working with writers at the UCWbL because I use my tutoring time to become a better writer and teacher. I'm thoroughly convinced that I've learned more from my writers than they have learned from me. You can check out some of my work on the blog, OCF.

Tutoring Expertise

Digication/ePortfolios, English, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, Lesson Plans, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analyses, Religious Studies, Thank You Letters

Citation Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Multilingual Expertise

French

Favorite Writing Resources

I often feel a bit technologically impaired. Using UCWbL tutors and the DePaul Library allows me to get excellent in-person help. If my DePaul professional can't give me the answer, then they can at least steer me in the direction that I need to go.

St. Martin's Handbook- Easy to follow and plenty of examples for all your citation needs.

UW Madison's Writer's Handbook- Put together by the UW Madison writing center, this resource has a really extensive list of grammar and citation rules.

r/Writing- Plenty of posts that cover anything from creative writing, to professional writing, to grammar. This subreddit also is a great place to discuss your writing concerns and to share your work.

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Theresa B.theresa_b

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a double major in English and Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse, with a minor in American Sign Language. I love reading, writing, watching copious amounts of Pixar movies, and Puns. I am also a part of the UCWbL Outreach team. I love writing because it allows me to share my thoughts in a collected, sophisticated way. Helping other people with their writing is amazing, because it is a wonderful way to help people learn and share their knowledge with others. I always feel like I end each appointment knowing more than I did before.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, News Articles, Newsletters, Personal Statements, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Thank You Letters, Theatre

Citation Expertise

MLA

Multilingual Expertise

American Sign Language

Favorite Writing Resources

When I have any questions about citations or annotations, Diana Hacker Online is the first place I go. They have every thing you could think about citing, from books with several authors to tweets.

I like using Purdue OWL to look up document conventions; if I need to know how to write a C.V. or what sections are on a resume, this is the site I go to.

I love using the Writing Center for my own work. When I need help unpacking my ideas, seeing if my thesis is clear, or when I'm fighting to understand a prompt, I make an appointment at the UCWbL.

One of my other favorite writing resources is My Noise. There are a ton of different noise generators that I love to use when I need to concentrate. My favorite is the cat purr generator, because it reminds me of my cat in Minnesota.

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Pamela Q.Sharlene_Q

Peer Writing Tutor

I'm a senior and will be graduating with a Bachelor's in Philosophy very soon. What I love about writing is that it is a creative act and a medium for communication. Although it can be difficult at times, I find the process rewarding. My favorite UCWbL core beliefs state that anyone who writes anything at all is a writer. I believe in creating an inclusive learning environment in our schools and communities, and I'm inspired by different forms of writing delivered in interesting ways. This helps me become a better creator and improves my writing. Some of my work can be found here.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Political Science, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters

Citation Expertise

Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Multilingual Expertise

Spanish. I currently translate from English to Spanish for two small publishers in Chicago.

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL, Grammar Girl, UCWbL Tutors

For my citations, I like using Purdue OWL and The Chicago Manual of Style Online. They're pretty great because they provide multiple, detailed examples.

When it comes to grammar, Grammar Girl is easy to use and understand. The authors of the articles explain the rules often by contrast (I.e. vs E.g.), which makes uses crystal clear.

There is a fun podcast called A Way With Words, which is useful with terms and phrases. They give the historical background, explain, and the use and popularity of an idiom, for example.

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Shelby E.Shelby_E

Peer Writing Tutor

I am majoring in Digital Cinema: Writing for Film & Television, with a minor in Journalism! I've always loved writing because it gives me more time to articulate precisely what I want to say. There are fewer things more satisfying than helping other people connect, and writing is a great vehicle for that. My favorite kind of human connection is making someone laugh, which is why I love watching The Office and plan on studying improv at Second City this year! I also play trumpet and enjoy relaying my day's events to my 14 year old Boston Terrier, Pete, over FaceTime.

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Literary Analysis, Music Education , Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Screenplays, Theatre

Citation Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Quite frankly, I love Purdue OWL because it's quick and to the point on what you need to know -- like your gruff elementary school nurse when sex ed starts. Also, being from Indiana, I grew up using it!

The DePaul Library contains one of my very favorite things about DePaul, and that is people that are always willing to help you with whatever you need.

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Shelley M.Shelley_M

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a junior Journalism major with a passion for news and current events. I love studying the structure of different writing styles, including all forms of writing for journalism and academics. I look forward to working each day at the UCWbL to aid my peers in becoming the best writers they can be. I find an encouraging environment to be the best place to grow, so I hope to provide that encouragement to every writer I come across in my experience tutoring.

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Journalism, News Articles, Newsletters, Summaries, Thank You Letters, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

AP, APA, MLA

Multilingual Expertise

French

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL is very easy to navigate and provides concise explanations.

When I go to Grammar Girl, it's more entertaining, so I use that for when I am looking up topics rather than when I am preparing a written work.

AP Stylebook: As a journalist, this is like my bible. It is easy to find what you need once you get the hang of what to search for.

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Zack B.Zachary_B

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a junior pursuing a B.S. in Mathematics with a specific focus on Statistics. I am an unabashed nerd. There are many things I do not know about in the sciences, but there's nothing I don't want to know about. My writing skills extend directly from my love of science and mathematics and my love of communicating those ideas to other people. I found out quickly that, if you want to interest someone in differential equations, you have to learn to communicate pretty creatively. If you need help communicating an idea, refining an argument, or maintaining logical continuity, I'm your man and I'm excited to help.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Biology, Chemistry, College Applications, Cover Letters, English, Environmental Sciences, Journalism, Mathematics, Physics, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Summaries

Citation Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The DePaul Library has proven time and again to be a valuable resource for all of my writing needs. I prefer using it over other resources because it is easy to navigate and offers a variety of information that I can use when writing.

I have always felt and maintained that, if you want an answer to a question, it is best to get directly to the source. If I have a question about MLA citation formatting, I go to MLA's website. If I want to know how many gum balls are in a jar, I ask the guy that put them in there.

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