The Loyola Writing Center is a great resource for advanced academic writing. Grad students can access assistance from all three Loyola campuses. Graduate students can schedule appointments one-on-one or online. Please understand that a one-hour appointment can cover just a certain amount of information in a paper, probably 5-7 pages, depending on the topic and style of writing. You are more than welcome to send a paper that is longer with the understanding that the consultant will go through what he or she can in that one hour. You are also more than welcome to set up appointments throughout the week, one a day, so that you get more of your paper reviewed.
We also have workshops and programs available to assist in a variety of assignments and topics.
Graduate students have a variety of options when making an appointment with the LWC.
We offer in-person consultations for your academic work at all three campuses! Simply make an appointment through TutorTrac, call, or e-mail! When making an appointment, you will be asked a few questions:
- What course your assignment is for
- Which campus you'd like to attend your appointment
- Whether or not you'd like the appointment online or in-person
- Some good dates and times for you to come in.
- If you'd like a 30 minute or 60 minute appointment
When making the appointment on TutorTrac, these questions will be on a form you will need to fill out. However, please indicate in the Notes section whether or not you would like an online appointment and leave your phone number if you would like a phone call at the end of this appointment.
Online consultations are a unique service we provide to our graduate students. In order to use it, you still must make an appointment with us, so our tutors are provided a scheduled amount of time to review your assignment.
When making an appointment for an online consult on TutorTrac, please indicate under the "Notes" section whether this appointment is an online consult, if you'd prefer a phone call at the end of the consult, and your phone number. Once you hit "Save," go back the Main Menu of TutorTrac. On the main page, you will find the appointment you scheduled. Click on this appointment. You will find a form with your appointment information on it. Find the "Document" tab and click on it. This window will allow you to load your document on it. Please note a 1-hour appointment will only cover a certain amount of information, 5-7 pages, typically. If your document is longer, you can make another appointment on a different day.
To view our instructional video on how to Upload a Document, please watch the video below.
Once the appointment is made, your tutor will review your paper, make comments, and send it back to you. They will also call if you requested a phone call.
At the end of the hour that your appointment was scheduled, you should find an updated document in this "Documents" tab, accessed from the Main page of your TutorTrac account.
Your paper will not contain corrections or edits, and it will not include an estimate of a possible grade. Rather you should expect to see your reviewed document containing:
- Comments in the margin, using the Comments feature on Word.
- Identified patterns of error for you to address and be aware of throughout your paper.
- Requests for clarification.
- Overall feedback on your paper.
Tutorial on how to upload a document for online appointments:
If you have any questions or experience any technical issues with online consultations, please call the LWC at (410) 617-5415 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APA Workshops: APA workshops are an introduction or reinforcement to the APA format. Students receive information on citations, references, and formatting, as well as background on plagiarism and stylistic writing in the APA guidelines. It is recommended that you bring your APA manual and a paper/assignment, but this is not necessary. Students from all graduate classes are encouraged to attend at least one workshop a semester. LWC offers APA workshops at the three campuses throughout the semester for your convenience.
For the Summer of 2013, we are planning to hold workshops at the following times and locations:
Monday, June 24, 6pm-8pm, Columbia Campus, room 304.
Tuesday, June 25, 5pm-7pm, Evergreen Campus (Baltimore), Jenkins Hall, room 011
Sunday, June 30, 10am-12pm, Evergreen Campus (Baltimore), Jenkins Hall, room 011
Thesis and Dissertation Workshops
Feeling overwhelmed with conducting a long-term study? Need to toss around ideas? Reaching the end of your project and need a new set of eyes to review it? The thesis and dissertation workshop gives you space to do just that and get to know other graduate students along the way. Call or email the LWC to express your interest at email@example.com or (410) 617-5415.
Flash Fiction Writing Group
What is flash fiction? Different writers have different definitions, but for the purposes of this blurb flash fiction is a story told in fewer than 500 words. The group will meet in the Writing Center three times during Spring Semester 2013—Feb. 22, March 22, and April 19, from 4-6pm. Interested students are invited to attend as many times as they like. Students will write (and finish) several flash fiction stories. Fun, engaging exercises and writing games will provide inspiration and help generate ideas. Students will have the chance to read and discuss their own work and the work of their peers. Instructor will offer suggestions for how to develop and revise. By the end of each session, each student will have completed at least one flash fiction—potentially more.