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Handouts

Our handout page is under continuous construction. WRL handouts are created by our tutors during their down time. We will post more handouts as they are written. If you have ideas for handouts you’d like to see, please contact us.

 

Essay Structure

Prewriting Strategies
Introductions
Conclusions
Revision
Proofreading
Self-Editing Checklist
MLA
APA
Essay Types
  • Abstract
  • Argumentative
  • Analytical
  • Narrative
  • Book Review
  • Literature Review

 

Paragraph Structure

General Paragraph Structure
Paragraph Purpose
Paragraph Unity
Transitional Words and Phrases
Topic Sentences
Conclusion Sentences
Body Sentences
Evidence
  • Personal Examples
  • Integrating Research
  • General Knowledge

 

Sentence Structure

Sentence Types
Independent vs. Dependent Clauses
Other Subordinate Clauses
Phrases
Nonrestrictive vs. Restrictive Words, Phrases and Clauses
Coordination
Subordination
Modifiers
Parallel Structure
Avoiding Vague Language
Avoiding Wordiness
Comma Splices
Fragments

Run-ons

 

Grammar

General Parts of Speech
Articles
Determiners
Prepositions
Conjunctive Adverbs
Nouns
Personal Pronouns
Other Pronouns
Who vs. Whom
Verb Tenses
Verb Tense Consistency
Active vs. Passive Voice
Modal Verbs
Helping Verbs

Punctuation

The Four Basic Rules for Comma Usage
Internal Punctuation
Commas vs. Semicolons
End Punctuation

Miscellaneous

Active Reading
Critical Reading
Writing a Summary
Performing an Analysis
Gender Neutral Language
Cover Letters
Resumes
Business letters and Memos
Personal Statements
Tips for Approaching College Applications
Portfolio Cover Letters
Timed Writing
Timed Writing for the WPE
  • General Tips
  • Getting Started
  • Time Management