Writing Tutorials

How the Gator Success Center Supports Student Writers

The Gator Success Center offers tutorials and recommends resources to help students progress toward mastery of college-level and academic writing. Our staff strives to assist students in all phases of the writing process, including thesis generation, revision/editing, essay/research paper formatting, etc.

When students visit the Gator Success Center, they should bring a copy of the assignment instructions, required readings and resources, and any pre-writing or drafts they have completed. We are committed to helping students discover and express their ideas effectively. However, we do not assume responsibility for correcting all errors for students, nor do we dictate the content or style of students' writing. 

Our goal reaches beyond simply helping students pass a particular assignment. We aim to guide students in benefiting from class instruction, so they may build writing skills for success in future course work and their careers. 

We are happy to serve students on a walk-in basis, but we encourage them to schedule a one-on-one writing consultation with a tutor best qualified for their needs.

Contact: 409-882-3373; gator.success@lsco.edu

The Gator Success Center staff regularly evaluate and curate online resources to support student writers.          

Grammar & Writing

  • Guide to Grammar & Writing is sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation. This easy-to-navigate online resource provides tutorials, exercises, and quizzes covering all aspects of college-level composition. Students may even Ask Grammar a question or search the GrammarLogs for archived questions with answers.
  • Towson University's Online Writing Support site provides a comprehensive basic grammar tutorial, including explanations of grammar topics, self-teaching units, and interactive exercises. 
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a well-organized, searchable site offering information and exercises for writing at all levels and for various purposes. Resources are organized for the needs of specific types of writers: middle and high school students, college students, instructors, adult learners (ESL, GED, Business), and professional writers.
  • Common Errors in English Usage, created by Prof. Paul Brians of Washington State University, includes an alphabetical index of common errors, along with lists of non-errors and spelling errors. A book version (3rd ed) of this site is available.
  • Writing Commons is a free, peer-reviewed resource for students and faculty in college-level courses that require writing and research.
  • UW-Madison Writer's Handbook, from the University of Wisconsin Writing Center, offers instructional materials for academic and professional writing--including research papers, literary analysis, cover letters, and resumes--as well as writing process and structure, grammar and punctuation, and citing references using various styles.    
  • WritingforCollege.org and OnlineGrammar.org are free, online companion textbooks for college writing students and their instructors; created by Univ. of Minnesota professor, Richard Jewel.
  • Let's Get Writing!, from Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, is a free, online textbook for first-year college writers.  
  • Grammar Bytes! Grammar Instruction with Attitude, created by Valencia College English Prof. Robin L. Simmons, includes grammar terminology and rules, printable handouts, Power Point presentations and videos, and interactive exercises.
  • The Punctuation Guide is a comprehensive reference for American style punctuation.

Technology for Writers

  • Paper Rater is a free, online writing analysis tool designed to help students improve  the quality of their writing. Features include spelling and grammar check, style and word choice analysis, plagiarism detection, readability statistics, and a vocabulary builder tool. Paper Rater may be accessed anywhere an internet connection is available.    
  • Plagiarism.org includes videos and other resources for educators and students to help identify and avoid plagiarism.
  • EasyBib, BibMe and Citation Machine offer automated help for creating citations and bibliographies. Use with caution! When in doubt, consult the appropriate citation manual (see this list) for the style you are using and/or check with your instructor or a librarian.
  • Purdue Online Writing lab offers guidance and best practices for using citation generators responsibly.

Literary Analysis

Writing for Various Disciplines / Purposes

Citation Styles