Here’s what Murphy students are saying about their work with our consultants in Spring ’18:
Alyssa was very helpful and assisted in my brainstorming process on how to perfect the essay.
Alyssa is a pleasure to work with, very warm and welcoming. She asked questions to help me to have a better understanding of how I should write and structure my paper. Thanks, Alyssa.
I enjoyed my session with Chole. We were able to talk out my thoughts and organize them. I developed my thesis.
Kat was great; she provided me very helpful feedback.
My appointment with Kat was very good. She taught me some reading strategies to help me understand my reading assignments.
Sophie was a delight and was very helpful in engaging with my paper. She suggested doing a reverse- outlining of the paper to identify central claims being made and to see if the structure of the paper helped present these claims clearly. Furthermore, she helped identify key theoretical terms and we discussed to what extent the terms should be defined, which was helpful in terms of writing for different audiences.
Sophie was excellent!
Michael helped me think through ideas for a research project. I found him to be knowledgeable and supportive, and he had many useful suggestions.
Michael is really great at helping you organize your thoughts and helping you sort through your most compelling arguments.
The experience at the WC is highly beneficial, especially in my case because I am Spanish-English bilingual. It helps me to polish every aspect of my critical thought properly in either grammar, usage, or even tuning my writing. Thanks.
The session was very informative. The tutor helps me to plan about my further goals. Thanks.
To register for these workshops, click on the date for your desired workshop(s), which will take you to the workshop’s Eventbrite page. You will receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite once you register. All workshops are held in the SLU Writing Center.
How to Beat Writer’s Block
Do you feel stuck when you’re starting a paper? Or frustrated along the way? This workshop introduces practical techniques that will help make writing projects less daunting and more rewarding. You’ll also have a chance to talk about your experiences and connect with classmates and peers.
How to Read with Confidence
Good writing stems from good reading. In this workshop, we’ll talk about techniques that can help you get more out of your reading, save you time and lead to better writing.
How to Write Response Papers
The response paper is one of the most common assignments at SLU. In this workshop, we’ll learn about the elements of good response papers by looking closely at a student model and introduce strategies for response paper success.
How to Use Sources
Whether you’re writing response papers or research papers, success as an academic writer depends on the ability to convey ideas and information from other writers in your own words. In this workshop, we’ll discuss best practices for quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing that will help you seamlessly integrate source material into your papers.
How to Write a Literature Review
This workshop will introduce key skills for writing a literature review, including finding quality sources and identifying areas of focus. We’ll look at samples from model literature reviews and you’ll have a chance to think about next steps for your project.
How to Use Databases
Searching the databases is a fundamental skill for academic research. In this workshop, our SLU librarian will share tips for successful searches.
How to Use APA
Are you anxious about citing properly? This workshop will ease your anxieties as you learn basic principles for citing in APA, the most widely used citation system in the social sciences (and at SLU).
How to Write Clear Sentences
Sentences are the building blocks of good writing. In this workshop, we’ll review some common issues that can make sentences confusing and share tips for writing clear ones.
How to Speak without Fear
This workshop is designed to help participants speak with confidence. We’ll introduce concrete tips for preparing for and delivering presentations that will help ease anxiety and lead to success.
How to Use Zotero
Zotero is a program that helps you manage research projects, including citations. Come learn the basics of this time-saving program.
Introduction to Library Services
SLU’s home library is the Mina Rees Library at the Graduate Center. Participants in this workshop will learn about how to get the most out of library services, including online databases and borrowing books.