Loyola University Chicago

Writing Center

Request a Skills-Based Training Session

Our Framework

Loyola's Writing Center offers an assortment of content-specific presentations regarded as Skills-Based Training. The objective of these presentations varies by topic, but they primarily seek to teach a particular writing skill or concept to an instructor’s class and offer a complementary (but optional) exercise to practice that skill or concept. By providing a set list of topics, our team is better able to assist our community in a more professional and focused manner. 

Each Writing Workshop comes with an agenda and PowerPoint lesson for the trained Graduate Tutor as well as an accompanying handout for students. Select sessions also include the materials required for an optional exercise at the end of the presentation. 

Throughout the academic year, we will continue to broaden the number of sessions our team offers, so please check back for more information!


Skills-Based Training Sessions

1. Writing Center Introduction

  • Presentation: 15-20 Minutes
  • Synopsis: This presentation will introduce students to the Writing Center team, our services, and what a client can expect from an appointment with a trained writing tutor. 
  • Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, students will be able to:
    • Identify the Writing Center’s three appointment types;
    • Successfully schedule an appointment with a tutor; and
    • Locate valuable writing resources for a variety of projects.

2. Basic Formatting Procedures (MLA or APA)

  • Presentation: 15-20 Minutes (optional group exercise: +20 Minutes)
  • Synopsis: This presentation will introduce a class to the basic formatting procedures of either MLA or APA, including general rules, first-page and main body structures, and the basic guidelines for a Works Cited or References page. The optional exercise will provide students several sample essays in the formatting and style guide of your choice and ask them (in small groups) to locate errors and inconsistencies, which will be discussed by the tutor afterward.
  • Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, students will be able to:
    • Identify the general formatting procedures for MLA or APA;
    • Demonstrate comprehension by accurately constructing a paper; and
    • Differentiate between successfully formatted papers and unsuccessful ones.

3. Parenthetical & Bibliographic Citation Procedures (MLA or APA)

  • Presentation: 25-30 Minutes (optional group exercise: +20 Minutes)
  • SynopsisThis presentation will introduce a class to parenthetical and bibliographic citation procedures for MLA, including how to format short and long quotations as well as inserting a quote within a quote and adding / changing / omitting words. In addition, this presentation discusses the basic guidelines for a Works Cited page and provides students general rules and examples of citations. The optional exercise at the end will allow students to individually practice their citation skills through a series of brief tasks and questions.
  • Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, students will be able to:
    • Identify the core elements of parenthetical and bibliographic citations in a specific formatting style;
    • Describe the protocols for formatting short and long quotations as well as common methods of modifying quotations; and
    • Differentiate between successfully formatted citations and unsuccessful ones.

To Request a Virtual or In-Person Training Session

please contact the Writing Center's Instructional Director

Brandiann Molby at bmolby@luc.edu

When scheduling a skills-based training session, please note which topic you would like the Graduate Tutor to present on and whether the optional excercise component should be included (if available). In addition, please attach your syllablus as well as any other relevant documents and provide a few dates/times that are most convenient for your course. Lastly, we ask that you supply us with the class name and number as well as denote the specific meeting place (i.e., building and room number or Zoom link).