Tutoring Schedule & Locations

Visit us in Heavilon Hall 226, Purdue University, West Lafayette campus.

Schedule a tutoring appointment at any location with our online scheduler.

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Phone: 765-494-3723

Fall 2017 Hours

Heavilon 226

Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Friday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Purdue Writing Lab Satellite Locations and Hours

Beginning Fall, 2017

HSEE Collaborative Study Center (HSSE 142 in Stewart Center)

Monday 6:00-9:00 pm

Asian American and Asian Resource Cultural Center (AAARCC)

Tuesday 6:00-9:00 pm

Mechanical Engineering 2nd Floor (Rooms 2138 and 2142)

Wednesday 6:00-9:00 pm

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November 29, 2017

 
 

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Outlining: Faster and More Efficient than Winging It

By Henry S., Tutor

Sun Tzu said, "Every battle is won before it is ever fought." A strong outline helps you recognize where your underdeveloped arguments are, and provides a pseudo-pictorial tool to follow the logic of your report. You can recognize the weight of each paragraph and section by the effectiveness of your bullet points. And once you have placed your information, you can transform your outline into a paper by implementing transitions, punctuations, segues, etc. Outlining will not only save you time and stress in the long-run, but it will also do the same for your professor and peers.

A general outline develops from top to bottom. First conceptualize what your purpose is and write it as one extremely specific sentence. The rest of the document should be written to support whatever that sentence is. Whether it is a critical lens essay, a technical report, or a short story, we can help make sure everything you write onward contribute to the efforts of that extremely specific sentence.

Then think about what the most important or interesting points to your argument are, and make them into major bullet-points. The sub-bullet-points will be the arguments and descriptions that defend your major bullet-points. At the Writing Lab we can help you determine when you've provided enough substance. Afterwards, copy-and-paste and organize those bullet-point sections into a logical sequence.

If you want more information about outlining or a one-on-one tutorial on the process, consider scheduling an appointment with a tutor from the Writing Lab. We are more than happy to elaborate on the details of the process.

Writing Lab News & Events


Writing Lab Hours During Finals Week
The Writing Lab will be open our regular hours of 9 AM – 6 PM through Wednesday, December 13th.

Staff Spotlight


By Katelyn M., Tutor

My name is Katelyn, and this is my first semester of tutoring at Purdue's Writing Lab. I am in the undergraduate program here studying Creative Writing and Professional Writing. As you can tell from my majors, I love to write and find it comes easy to me, but I understand it may not be as easy to others. It was why when a professor recommended I tutor at the Writing Lab, I became interested. I wanted to be able to talk to other writers about writing and help them find their own voice through whatever paper they would bring in for me. Not only that, but the community within the writing lab drew me in and I wanted to be a part of that, as well as to help it grow. I think that writing is a great way to learn what your interests are in the world, as well as what other people are interested in, and I always look forward to seeing what others are doing through their writing with the appointments I have!

From Our Partners


Department of English

Museum of Civilization Exhibit
November 15th - December 7th, 2017
West Lafayette Public Library

Part of the "Big Read" program. More information »


AAARCC

Lunch and Learn Series - Exploring Teas Across Cultures
November 30th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
AAARCC

The last in a weekly series. Hosted by Purdue Tea Appreciation Club. More information »


NAECC

Native American Winter Art Market
December 2nd, 12:00 - 4:00 PM
NAECC

Join us for this second annual event featuring Native American students and local artists who will showcase their jewelry, artwork, and other traditional pieces. More information »

LCC

Comida para Estudiar
December 4th - 7th
LCC

Members of Latino Faculty and Staff Association (LaFASA) organize and provide home-cooked meals for students during the week before finals. Take a break, socialize and partake in community building. More information »


 

Hours of Operation

Fall 2017

Aug 21 – Dec 13

Main Location

Heavilon Hall, Room 226

Mon – Thurs
9 AM – 6 PM

Fridays
9 AM – 1 PM

Evening Satellites

HSSE Library
Mondays
6 PM – 9 PM

AAARCC
Tuesdays
6 PM – 9 PM

ME Building
Wednesdays
6 PM – 9 PM

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Writing Tip of the Week

"Give yourself breaks—try writing for 20 minutes, and then breaking for five, or writing for 45 minutes, and breaking for 15."

-Eliza G., Tutor

 

Book of the Week

Writing Myths: Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching by Joy Reid

Recommended by Hope F., Tutor: "Each chapter utilizes a new perspective of a teacher to discuss his or her experience with a writing myth the teacher believes in uprooting, and any instructor may be interested in the tactics the authors of each chapter develop."

You can find this book in the Writing Lab's library. Just ask the front desk.

 
 
 

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