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

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