Writing Lab

 

Welcome to the TVCC Writing Lab!

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The Writing Lab is a place where students can receive targeted help with any writing they have to do. This includes

  • Writing assignments for any class
  • Speeches
  • Scholarship essays
  • Application letters
  • Much, much more!

The Lab is also available to students who just need a quiet place to write or to study.

 

All students are welcome to use the Writing Lab - science majors, history majors, education majors, CTE majors, even those students who haven’t declared a major yet! No appointments are necessary.

Visit us at our Ontario location (Barber Hall 105) or at our Caldwell location.

We currently do not offer an online Writing Lab.

How Does the Writing Lab Work?

Check In

Once you have a writing assignment that you could use some help with, simply come down to BH-105. The instructor on duty will help you check in to the Writing Lab so your class instructor has a record of your visit. You will need to know your Student ID # to check in.

Come Prepared

Our goal is to help you develop your independent writing skills. The English instructors who work in the Writing Lab are here to support you as you write. This means that during your visit, the instructors will work alongside you to help you find solutions to your own questions. When you come to the Lab, bring all of your ideas, written drafts, assignment guidelines, and questions, and be prepared to work!

Ask Questions!

The Lab instructors will do their best to answer any questions that you have, but specifically our writing instructors can help you

  • Understand the requirements of an essay assignment;
  • Brainstorm ideas for an essay;
  • Evaluate the strength of your thesis statement;
  • Organize your ideas in a logical sequence;
  • Identify major grammar errors (and explain how to fix them!);
  • Use research in an essay;
  • Cite source material according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles;
  • Format your essays;
  • Take a deep breath and remember that everything will be okay when you are stressed about getting a paper finished.

We even have a stash of handouts about citation, writing genres, and grammar should you need a more detailed refresher. Lab instructors can also help you find other resources that we don’t have already.

Policies

The Writing Lab follows all TVCC campus policies. We ask that students refrain from bringing children or non-service animals to the Lab, talking on their cellphones, or using tobacco/vaping products in the room.

Mission

The Writing Lab is committed to TVCC’s core theme of Fostering Educational Success. We strive to help students develop their independent writing skills through highly individualized and personal writing instruction.