Writing Center

 

The IAU Writing Center provides support for students working on course papers and independent writing projects. The center can help at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to final polishing.

Students do 2-3 drafts of an assignment, meeting in person or via email with the writing center coordinator as they send versions of the paper back and forth until a final draft is ready.

How to Make Contact

 

In person, a staff member can assist between the hours of:

IAU's Main Los Angeles Campus
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
12:15 P.M. – 3:15 P.M.

Students may drop in or make an appointment with the center coordinator by emailing writingHELP@iau.LA.

Students may also email their assignments to writingHELP@iau.LA. A staff member can assist with comments or tracked changes and communicate with students via email.

When you email, be sure to give the Writing Center at least three days’ advance notice and let the coordinator know when your assignment is due.

Writing Center Coordinator, Deanna Carlyle, M.A.

 

Before joining the IAU team, Ms. Carlyle taught English composition and linguistics at San Jose State University, where she also supervised a team of writing tutors in the Language Development Center. Her master’s in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) makes her uniquely qualified to help students improve not only their academic writing style but also their ESL grammar and TOEFL preparation.

Check out her credentials:

  • Stanford University, Bachelor of Arts in classics with a minor in sociology
  • San Jose State University, Master of Arts in applied linguistics and TESOL pedagogy

Sign-in Sheet Policy

 

When visiting the Writing Center, be sure to sign your name on the sign-in sheet and, if possible, make an appointment in advance. Drop-ins are also welcome on a first come, first served basis.

Take Our Satisfaction Survey!

 

If you have used the Writing Center at any time, we invite you to take a minute to complete a brief satisfaction survey so that we can improve our services to you. The responses are anonymous and the results are sent to the Writing Center supervisor.

 

Take the Survey!

 

Other Great Resources You Can Use

 

Student Instructions for Preparing Case Studies

Download this word document with instructions on how to prepare your case studies.

 

APA Format for Case Studies - Example

Download this word document for an APA template to use as a basis for your papers, case studies, and references at IAU.

 

APA Format for References - Examples

Download this word document for an APA template to use as a basis for your papers, case studies, and references at IAU.

 

Bibme - www.bibme.org

Professors seem always to want writing assignments in certain formats with different types of citations and bibliographies for specific types of papers. If you’re taking multiple classes at once, it can be difficult to keep up with which format to use. Whatever type of paper you’re writing, BibMe helps to put your sources in the right format.

 

Purdue Online Writing Lab - https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl

This site is like your own personal Wikipedia for academic writing. It offers explanations, exercises, and models for how to structure your sentences, papers, and references. With special sections on ESL grammar and different types of argumentative and persuasive essays, this site is a one-stop destination that is free for users worldwide.

 

Grammarly - www.grammarly.com

It’s annoying when you have a great paper, but your grammar is sub par. Improve your writing — spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and tense usage — with Grammarly. With their app, you can check your paper from your browser or from Microsoft Word. Be confident when you submit work that it is error-free.

 

APA Style - http://www.apastyle.org/

When teachers ask you to write in APA Style®, they are referring to the editorial style that many of the social and behavioral sciences have adopted to present written material in the field. APA Style was first developed in 1929 by a group of social scientists who wished to establish sound standards of communication. Since that time, it has been adopted by leaders in many fields and has been used by writers around the world.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About APA Style

Visit http://www.apastyle.org/learn/faqs/index.aspx for answers to your APA style questions!