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Avery Point Resources for Writing, Math, and Science

Avery Point Resources for Math and Science (Q)

Avery Point Resources for Writing

The Avery Point Academic Center has created or identified many resources for writing, including (but not limited to) workshop materials (ranging from 30-60 minutes in length) for in-class workshops presented by Academic Center tutors on specific writing issues. Our tutors have also identified and annotated links to outside web resources and readings that might be of help to students, faculty, and tutors. 

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In-class workshops and tutoring tools

We have several prepared workshops that may be customized for your assignments, and we’re always happy to develop new workshops tailored to the needs of your class.

Click here to schedule a workshop for your class or to request a new workshop to be developed for your class. Compare the list of available workshops to the descriptions below. Click "Other" to request a new workshop.

At least two weeks before your workshop, the presenter will contact you for more details. Click here for more information.

  • Academic Integrity workshops
    • Academic Integrity (use of sources) (30-45 min.): Students learn about and practice summarizing, paraphrasing and quoting sources effectively and correctly. (Workshop script and handout coming soon, meanwhile the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) site has excellent material on quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing that tutors can use for workshops. Tutors: before printing any materials from OWL for workshops, please read their fair use and printing directions statements.)
    • Academic Integrity (scenario-based) (45-60 min.): Students explore issues of academic integrity through scenario-based discussions not confined to issues of plagiarism in writing. Choose seven to ten of these scenarios (or let us choose for you), and contact us to schedule your workshop. Let us know which scenarios you've chosen and we will customize a handout for your class. Click here to download the script for tutors presenting this workshop.
    • Citation workshop (45 min.) - Script and handout. See also "Important sections from UConn's plagiarism statement" handout.
  • Concise writing (30-45 min.): Students learn tips and techniques to write clearly and concisely. This workshop presupposes that an assignment is due on or near the running of the workshop and that students will peer review one another's assignments based on the exercises in this workshop. (Workshop script and handout.)
  • Organization (45-60 min.):  Students learn to organize papers logically, focusing on coherent paragraphing as well as effective transitions.  This workshop can be given early in the writing process between brainstorming and drafting, or it can be given after a first draft has been written so that students can reorganize their ideas more effectively after drafting. The exercise involves a reverse outline technique. (Workshop script and handout.)
  • Peer Review, standard (30-45 min.):  Students learn to critically read each other’s papers and provide constructive feedback to peers.  This workshop is typically given on the day a draft is due. Choose one of three handouts, which also include script information:
  • Peer review, customized (30-45 min.): This workshop was developed by Academic Center tutors to be given in an Anthropology 1000 class (Other people's worlds). The session preceded the due date for paper drafts, so tutors wrote a sample "bad" paper to distribute to the class for their review. After students took some time to critique the piece on their own, the presenter went over issues with the piece to model a peer review session. Students learned what to do, and what not to do, in a good peer review session. In the following class, they would be peer reviewing one another's draft papers.
  • Power verbs - handout for writers
  • Principles of Grammar (30-45 min.):  Students learn some of the basic principles underlying English grammar.  This workshop will not be a “fix-all” to student errors, but will provide students with a fuller understanding of the structures of English.  This workshop should be tailored to focus on specific grammatical issues with which your students struggle.
  • Problem-solving in writing handouts
    • General principles of problem-solving in writing (or, how to write an essay and still respect yourself in the morning) - handout
    • Writer's problem-solving worksheet - handout
  • Science writing (45 min.):  Students learn skills to help them write lab reports and other science course assignments. Choose from the resources below (which we can adjust to fit your needs) or contact us for customized materials.
    • Science writing - writing a lab report - Script/handout
    • Science writing workshop activities - Script
    • Science writing - sample lab report - Handout
    • Science writing workshop activities - Results and discussion - Script/handout
    • Additional/alternate script/handout for how NOT to write a lab report - Script/handout
    • Biology 1102 science writing assignment workshop (Professor Green) - Workshop script and Handout
  • Strategies for Close Reading (45-60 min.):  Students learn to analyze texts using a variety of close-reading techniques.  This workshop can be given before a very difficult reading is assigned, or on the day a difficult reading is being discussed. (Workshop script, handout 1, handout 2)
  • Thesis Development (30-45 min.):  Students learn to develop and troubleshoot their own theses as well as to identify and evaluate thesis statements in the work of others.  This workshop can be given early in the semester and focus on composing a good thesis, or it can be given mid-semester when students already have working theses for long papers and can focus on evaluating and trouble-shooting theses. (Workshop script and handout).

Links to other websites

Top three picks!

Capital Community College Foundation Guide to Grammar & Writing - It might not be flashy, but this well organized site has a comprehensive guide to writing and grammar. It has information on a wide variety of topics (over 400) along with handouts, quizzes, and useful web links.

Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- This well organized and useful site contains a comprehensive set of "handouts" and an interactive tutorial on writing. Hanouts provide in-depth help concerning general academic writing, lessons in style, and writing in specific fields of study.

Dartmouth Writing Program Online Writing Materials (Science writing helpful) - Excellently organized, this extensive site offers writing material for students, professors and tutors.

Other useful sites:

A Writers' reference (6th edition) by Diana Hacker (When prompted to login, click cancel to go to help material.)
Visit this site and choose "ESL help" for exercises geared especially for those writing English as a second language.

Columbia University School of Social Work Writing Center Handouts - Great printable "take-aways" - A series of handouts helpful for general writing center concerns, but with a focus in the field of social services.

Harvard Writing Center Resources (Freshman English helpful)
- Offers a collection of writing resources from the Academic Center at Harvard. The list of handouts was created by staff at their Writing Center. Our tutors especially liked helpful information on transitions, outlining, and how to read an assignment.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) - A writing lab site from Purdue University containing over 200 free resources. Easily navigated by using the search option or by following their suggested resources.

A+ Research & Writing for high school and college students - This site from the ipl2 (Internet Public Library) is a clear step-by-step roadmap on how to go about writing a successful research paper.

Rice University - Writing Research Papers (Science writing helpful) - Authored by Rice professor David R. Caprette, this site offers detailed instruction on writing a research paper in a scientific field. The site was specifically created for a class in which students would be making the transition from writing simple lab reports to writing professional scientific papers.

University of Arizona Scientific Writing Booklet (Science writing helpful - SCROLL DOWN AFTER DOWNLOADING THE PDF) - Provides comprehensive guidelines for writing an effective scientific paper. The link leads to a great printable booklet that was a favorite of our tutors.

University of Toronto Advice on Academic Writing (Freshman English helpful!) - Contains a number of handouts designed to provide guidance in all steps of academic writing academic writing, from planning and researching to style and editing. Our tutors especially liked the "Using sources" and "Style and editing" sections, as well as advice on comparative essay writing.

Writing Center at Hamilton College - This site has well organized and presented materials on all types of writing, including 18 different types of writing ranging from writing for the arts, humanities, sciences, journalism, and personal statements. The handouts in particular are useful for students working on their own and for tutors working with various types of writing problems and challenges.

Writing Lab Newsletter
Read this publication online, including archives of previous issues. For an interesting article on peer review in-class workshops at Avery Point in volume 35, no. 9/10, co-authored by the Avery Point Writing Coordinator, Dr. Pamela Bedore, click here.

WTS Pamphlets on Common Writing Situations
This is a comprehensive list of very detailed, step-by-step help files for common writing situstions from the Writing Tutorial Services group at Indiana University.

Annotated bibliographies of useful readings (for tutors)

(Fall 2007)

Blair, Timothy R. Nichols, William Dee and Ruply, William H. “The Effective Teacher of Reading: Considering the What and How of Instruction.The Reading Teacher
60, 5 (2007): 432-438. (PDF format)
Reviewed by Sean Pillars

Boquet, Elizabeth H. “’Our Little Secret’: A History of Writing Centers, Pre- to Post- Open Admissions.” College Composition and Communication 50.3 (1999): 463-482. (PDF format)
Reviewed by Cory Mastrandrea

Chia, Li-Gek and Christina Chin. “Problem-Based Learning: Using Students’ Questions to Drive Knowledge ConstructionScience Education 88 (2004):707-727. . (PDF format)
Reviewed by Cory Mastrandrea

Dalby, Tim. “Theory and Practice of Teaching in a University Mathematics Learning Centre.” International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology 32 (2001): 691-696. (PDF format)
Reviewed by Jillian Cruz

Flemming, David. "Rhetoric as a Course of Study" College English 61.2 (1998): 169-191.(PDF format)
Reviewed by Kyle Ng

Griffith-Ross, Diana A. Walczyk, Jeffrey J. “How Important is Reading Skill Fluency for Comprehension?The Reading Teacher 60, 6 (2007): 560-569 (PDF format)
Reviewed by Sean Pillars

Harris, Jeanette. “Reaffirming, Reflecting, Reforming: Writing Center Scholarship Comes of Age.College English 63.5 (2001): 662-8. (PDF format)
Reviewed by Deborah Macintosh

Harris, Muriel, and Tony Silva. “Tutoring ESL Students: Issues and Options.” College Composition and Communication 44.4 (1993): 525-537.
Reviewed by Deborah Macintosh (PDF format)
Reviewed by Andrew Phelps
(PDF format)

Litt, Deborah G. “10 Rules for Reading.” The Reading Teacher 60, 6 (2007): 570-574. (PDF format)
Reviewed by Sean Pillars

Manyak, Patrick. “Character Trait Vocabulary: A Schoolwide Approach.The Reading Teacher 60, 6 (2007): 574-577. (PDF format)
Reviewed by Sean Pillars

Mokhtari, Kouider and Reichard, Carla A. “Assessing Students’ Metacognitive Awareness of Reading Strategies.” Journal of Education Psychology 94. 2
(2002): 249-259 (PFD format)
Reviewed by Sean Pillars

Person, Natalie K. and Xiangen Hu. “Improving Comprehension through Discourse ProcessingNew Directions for Teaching and Learning 89 (2002): 33-44. (PDF format)
Reviewed by Olena Gorelchuk

Singer, Susan R. “Learning and Teaching Centers: Hubs of Educational Reform”. New Directions for Higher Education 119 (2002): 59-64. (PDF format)
Reviewed by Sean Pillars

Tom, Tanya Leigh, and Terry A. Cronan. “The Effects of Ethnic Similarity on Tutor-Tutee Interactions.” Journal of Community Psychology 26.2 (1998): 119-129. (PDF format)
Reviewed by Andrew Phelps

Avery Point Resources for Math and Science (Q)

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In-Class workshop materials and tutoring resources

Click here to schedule a workshop for your class or to request a new workshop to be developed for your class. The form will open in a new window. A list of previously presented Q workshops is below, and we can work with you to tailor a session to the specific needs of your students. Workshops may be presented in-class or scheduled for another time when most of your students would be available (such as a Friday).

Links to other sites

Top (four star) picks of our tutors:

  • Census of Marine Life
  • Cool science - from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Md. The site has an impressive section "for educators" on a wide variety of topics in the sciences.
  • General Chemistry Online! - This wonderful and interactive site from Fred Senese, a professor of Chemistry at Frostburg State University in Maryland, is fascinating even to those of us who don’t know the first thing about chemistry.
  • The Khan Academy - The academy is a non-profit whose content is provided by one man and which consists of a vast array of You-Tube clips that explain various topics.
  • Wolfram MathWorld - a free resource from Wolfram Research built with Mathematica technology / created, developed, and nurtured by Eric Weisstein with contributions from the world's mathematical community.

Better Explained – Learn right, not rote!

Calculus review packet - from Dr. Sarah Glaz (University of Connecticut Department of Mathematics) MATH 2110Q page)

Chemistry tutorials and exercises

The MathPage - From the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

MathWorks (source of Matlab) site with a range of tutorials on Matlab. 

Paul's online math notes - From Lamar University, this site is very helpful for math topics, particularly calculus.

PurpleMath forums - by Elizabeth Stapel.

Self-instructional Mathematics Tutorials - Produced by a project at Syracuse University under grant funding, this resource provides self-instructional material for students in need of review of basic university course math skills.

Writing guidelines for Engineering and Science students: This link is to a homepage from the Engineering Department at Penn State, authored by Professor Michael Alley. The site features exercises in writing, grammar, and style over a wide variety of scientific, technical, and professional types of writing.


Page last updated March 6, 2014