Sunday, May 24, 2015

Learn to Love In-Class Essays

Don't let that final in-class essay get you in a panic.

Come to the Writing Center's 
In-class Essay Workshop
to learn tips and techniques to prepare you for your final writing exams. 

Tuesday (5/26), 11:00-12:00 pm
Wednesday (5/27), 2:00-3:00 pm
Thursday (5/28), 5:00-6:00 pm
Monday (6/1), 10:00-11:00 am
Thursday (6/4), 5:30-6:30 pm

Don't Forget to Proofread!

As you work on wrapping up your final papers and projects, don’t forget the last step before you hit “print”—proofreading!

Proofreading tips and techniques:
  1. Read your paper aloud or have someone read it to you.
  2. Print out a copy of your essay and read it with a pen in your hand. 
  3. Read it sentence-by-sentence backwards.
  4. Read with a focus on one particular issue at a time. 
  5. Set your paper aside for a few hours and proofread with fresh eyes.
  6. Come to a Writing Center workshop on grammar and punctuation to get practice identifying and editing grammar issues in your writing.

Don’t miss our last few grammar workshops of the semester!
  • Subject-Verb Agreement: Tuesday (5/26) from 3-4 pm
  • Fragments, Run-Ons, & Comma Splices: Wednesday (5/27) from 10:30-11:30 am
  • Commas: Thursday (5/28) from 12-1 pm, & Wednesday (6/3) from 10:30-11:30 am
  • Gerunds & Infinitives: Tuesday (6/2) from 12-1 pm
  • Pronoun Agreement: Tuesday (6/2) from 3:30-4:30 pm

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tis the Season to Write a Research Paper!

Are you working on a research paper for one of your classes? Learn some tips to make the process easier at one of the Writing Center’s Research Paper Workshops!

Quick Reading Strategies
Monday 5/18 from 10:00-11:00
Thursday 5/21 from 2:30-3:30

Starting Your Research
Tuesday 6/2 from 11:00-12:15
Wednesday 6/3 from 9:30-10:45

Mastering MLA
Monday 5/18 from 1-2
Tuesday 5/19 from 6-7
Thursday 5/21 from 10-11

APA Style
Tuesday 5/19 from 1:30-2:30

How to Quote and Paraphrase
Friday 5/22 from 1:30-11:30

Noodle Bib
Monday 5/18 from 5:15-6:00
Thursday 5/21 from 3:30-4:15
Friday 5/29 from 1:30-2:15
Wednesday 6/3 from 4:30-5:15

What is Noodle Bib????

Are you a busy student with lots of projects and papers due at the end of the semester? Make your research process easier with Noodle Bib! 

Noodle Bib is a service, free to Mt. SAC students, that can help you stay organized as you work on you final projects of the semester. 

Take notes for each source with the note-cards feature. 
Save multiple projects from multiple classes all in one place.

With a free Noodle Bib account you can.... 
  • Create notes and annotations for each of your sources.
  • Save links to your sources so you can easily find them later. 
  • Generate a works cited page as you go! 
  • Save all your notes and projects in a cloud account.
  • Export your work to Google Docs or Microsoft Word when you're ready to print.
To get started, go to the Noodle Bib Start Up Page or check out one of our Noodle Bib workshops!

Noodle Bib at the Writing Center
Monday 5/18 from 5:15-6:00
Thursday 5/21 from 3:30-4:15
Friday 5/29 from 1:30-2:15
Wednesday 6/3 from 4:30-5:15

Monday, May 11, 2015

3 Weeks to Go!

That’s right Mt. SAC! It’s week 12, 
and there are only 3 weeks left in spring semester! 

You just have to get through a few more papers, 
a couple final exams, maybe some presentations….

Don’t panic! The Writing Center is here to help!

  Do you need help starting a new assignment or finishing a paper you've already started? 
Come see a tutor by making an appointment or 
giving us a call (909-274-5325).

Do you need help on a research paper? 
Come to one of our research paper workshops this week!  
  • Mastering MLA on Tuesday 5/12, 11:30-12:30 & Friday 5/15, 10:30-11:30
  • APA Style on  Thursday 5/7, 10:30-11:30
  • How to Quote and Paraphrase Correctly on Thursday 5/14, 10:30-11:30
  • NoodleBib: Citations Made Easy on Monday 5/11, 4:30-5:15; Tuesday 5/12, 9:45-10:30; Wednesday 5/13, 5:00-5:45; Friday 5/15, 1:30-2:15
Our workshops and our tutors can help you get motivated and organized for the last few weeks of the semester. 
Sign-up as soon as you can! Space is filling up fast. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Friday, October 28, 2011

Grammar Isn't Quite so Tough When You Break it Down!

While English grammar can seem to us like a labyrinth of arbitrary rules and endless possibilities for error, the truth is that 90% of all grammar errors fall into just 20 types. This means that if you can identify and correct just twenty types of errors, you will be able to write papers that are at least 90% error-free!

Of course, some errors can take time to truly master, such as errors in tense and number (a fancy word for singular vs. plural), particularly if English is not your native language. Nonetheless, becoming familiar with these error patterns is a big step toward successfully eliminating them. With that in mind, the Writing Center offers the following link to the

Dartmouth Writing Program’s website:

This website identifies and defines the twenty most common errors.