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Rhetorical Styles Understand different essay structures assigned in college. Find support for argumentative, classification and division, cause and effect, compare and contrast, definition, descriptive, illustration, narration, and process essays. Engage in interactive outlines for each style of essay. See sample essays from writing classes and from across the disciplines. Learn how to adjust your argument to be most persuasive to your audience. See different organizational strategies for argumentative essays.

Understand the logical fallacies and how you can avoid them. Practice with both argumentative analysis and writing. Apply argumentative strategies to multimodal assignments. Learn about making strong discussion posts in online classes. See differences between effective and ineffective emails. Understand writing practices for common social media platforms.

Create stronger presentations using PowerPoint and Prezi. Become aware of your online footprint. Grammar Essentials Practice grammar skills to help you write clearly. Understand parts of speech and how they work together.

Practice your skills with interactive quizzes. Review the 20 most common errors college writers make. Avoiding Plagiarism Learn to avoid plagiarism when you write with sources. Understand what different kinds of plagiarism are. Learn about the potential consequences of plagiarism. Practice avoiding plagiarism and providing proper documentation for borrowed information. Take pre and post tests to test your knowledge. Understand how to start an assignment and gather ideas. Develop thesis statements to guide your writing.

Organize your ideas and present them logically. Improve your writing through drafting and revising. By using the Online Writing Lab, you can receive instruction and practice in specific areas of writing without an instructor and without ever leaving your home. You can read any instructional presentations and complete any exercises you want online, and you can check your answers by clicking on the answer keys provided.

Who can use it? However, in the spirit of St. It is set up so you or your students can read the instructional presentations on any area of writing and independently complete the exercises online. So, no matter who you are or what your writing problem is, you can find individual help right here. How exactly can it help me? Instead of hiring a private tutor, you can click on the index and then click on "fragments," and you can read the brief instructional presentations on fragments which include examples of what a fragment is.

The student tells the tutor what is needed in a tutoring session or a paper review. The tutor merely gives advice and suggestions. As such, a good session involves the student taking an active role in the growth and development of the writing assignment. This leads to skill building and greater independence for the student in preparing future assignments. The ability to write well is not a gift of the Spirit.

Wisdom, however, is a gift of the Spirit, and wisdom will tell you that getting help with your writing will help you communicate well, and help you earn better grades.

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Many colleges and universities host exceptional online writing labs--or OWLs, as they are commonly called. Here are five of the best.

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TESOL second language writing blogger Elena Shvidko shares her favorite five online writing labs (OWLs), along with links to some of their useful resources for ELT. Welcome to the Excelsior College Online Writing Lab (OWL), an award-winning open education resource offering multimedia support for writing and reading.

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The friendly staff at CUW’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) poses questions and crafts revision strategies that promote development, enhance clarity, and improve proficiency in written work. Welcome to the Online Writing Lab! If you want to improve your grammar, sentence structure, or punctuation, you've come to the right place. After reading the important information listed below, click on "index" to find the topic that interests you.