Welcome to Lake Forest College’s Writing Center.
We are glad you are here!
We are a team of committed peer tutors and writing professionals here to serve your writing needs. From the initial brainstorming process to the last editing stages, we are enthusiastic about helping you craft your best paper yet.
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Keep exploring this page for handouts and exercises to help you build your skills independently. Better yet, print out a resource that you find interesting and bring it to your next Writing Center appointment.
Reading Complex Texts
Academic texts can be difficult to comprehend, let alone write about. To help, we have gathered some helpful strategies. Use the following handouts as note-taking and pre-writing guides.
Reading-to-Write Notes (PDF)
Getting Words on the Page
The best way to improve your writing is to write early and write often. Refer to the strategies presented in the handouts below to jumpstart a productive writing process.
Brainstorming Tips (PDF)
Backwards Outlining (PDF)
Revision Checklist (PDF)
Creating and Organizing Argument
Use the following handouts to assess your argument’s organization.
Using Academic Language (PDF)
Conclusions Template (PDF)
Writers use outside sources to substantiate their arguments but also to enter into a particular conversation. When you write, imagine yourself entering a conversation with the authors of the texts that you discuss.
To effectively enter the conversation, you must do two things: frame the evidence within your own argument and attribute the idea or quotation to the correct source. The following resources can help you accomplish both goals.
Editing Independently for Grammar and Style
The first draft of your paper is just the beginning. After you revise your argument using a strategy like backwards outlining, you still must examine your sentences to ensure that they are grammatically correct and as clear and concise as possible. The following resources will help you edit independently.
The Paramedic Method (PDF)
Clarity Checklist (PDF)
Staying Organized During the Research Process
Research projects are exciting opportunities to enter conversations with scholars and researchers. However, disorganized research can make the process frustrating, at best, and unsuccessful, at worst. Use the resources below to ensure that your research project is thorough and well-organized.
Overcoming Procrastination and Writing Anxiety
At one point or another, everyone procrastinates. However, procrastination undermines the writing process and, ultimately, hinders writers from producing their best writing. Of course, procrastination also causes anxiety and nervousness. Use the following resources to jump start your writing process and to get the support you need to write successfully.
In-Text Citation Guides
Do you have questions about in-text citation expectations? Use the following guides. Still confused? Refer to Diana Hacker’s A Pocket Style Manual, visit the Writing Center, or ask a reference librarian for help.
Grammar and Style Review
Has your professor requested that you resolve a persistent grammar or style error? Would you like to become more familiar with the grammatical building blocks of sentences? The modules below will help you diagnose gaps in your grammatical and stylistic knowledge. Once you complete a module, bring the completed module to a Writing Center tutor. S/he can help you understand the concepts that are confusing you.
Comma Splices (PDF)
Misplaced Modifiers (PDF)
Passive Voice (PDF)
Sentence Fragments (PDF)
Subject-Verb Agreement (PDF)
Unparallel Structure (PDF)
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