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Student Resources

The tools to tune up your writing

We offer a variety of resources for you to utilize throughout your FGCU career. Through personal tutoring or group workshops, you can master the skills that will make  you a more confident writer. Let us know how we can help.

Handouts

Our handouts can help guide you as you work on a wide variety of writing assignments. If you would like more information on any of the topics below, let us know. If you would like to schedule an appointment to review any of these topics in more detail, you can do so here.

  • Citation and Formatting Guides

  • Writing an Essay: Step-by-Step

  • Grammar and Mechanics

  • Course-Specific  and Assignment-Specific Topics

  •  Computer Shortcut Guides 

 

Workshops

Workshop Schedule

We have suspended workshops while we serve students remotely. Please check back here in Fall 2020 for updates!

 

Online Writing Support Through Smarthinking

What is Smarthinking?

Smarthinking is our online tutoring service, which is available to all FGCU students, faculty and Staff. Smarthinking offers 24/7 writing support through online writing submissions, live writing sessions, and online question submissions. If you are not able to visit the Writing Lab during our hours of operation, Smarthinking is a great alternative to ensure that you still have access to writing support for all of your writing-related needs!

Smarthinking is a third-party online tutoring service provided free of charge, which can be accessed through the Canvas link below. All paper submissions are reviewed by Smarthinking's own in-house tutoring team, who will read through your paper and provide general feedback regarding your paper's strengths, areas for improvement, and any specific questions you may have.

Please note that Smarthinking tutors are not trained or employed by the Writing Lab; if you would prefer to work with a Writing Lab writing consultant, you are always more than welcome to make an appointment with us or do a virtual drop-in during our regular hours of operation. Additionally, you are always welcome to work with a Writing Lab writing consultant to implement feedback you received from Smarthinking, if desired. 

 

Submitting Your Paper for a Smarthinking Session:

If you would like to submit your essay to Smarthinking, please join the Writing Lab's Smarthinking Canvas page here.

 

What to Expect

  • Before the Session

  • At the Writing Lab

  • During the Session

  • After the Session

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What if I miss an appointment and forget to cancel?

  • Can I access my tutor's feedback?

  • How can a writing consultant help me improve my writing skills?

  • Do I need to have a completed draft of the assignment before visiting the Writing Lab?

  • Will you proofread or edit my paper?

  • How long are the sessions?

  • How many sessions can I have in a day?

  • Can I have two sessions back-to-back?

  • Can I bring in more than one paper?

  • Can I email my paper for a consultant to review?

  • Will my instructor know that I came into the Writing Lab?

  • Do you help graduate students?

  • Does the Writing Lab help with dissertations or thesis projects?

  • Do you help with group projects?

 
Students writing

Writing Lab

Library West 202C