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Florissant Valley Writing Center

The Writing Center is a laboratory that offers students personal tutorial help for all kinds of writing issues, from grammatical and sentence-level problems to global matters of organization, research, and citation.
The lab is part of the Academic Support Center. It is located in the Student Center, Room SC 136A.
During the regular semester, the lab is open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The lab is closed Sundays. The lab is also closed on Saturdays during the summer session.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need an appointment to use the lab?
A: No, the lab is a walk-in service.
Q: How soon should I bring my assignment to the writing lab?
A: Allow about one week before the paper is due so you will have time to think about and make meaningful revisions.
Q: How much time should I allow for a tutoring session?
A: Although there is no time limit, at least 20–30 minutes will get you started on the next stage in the writing process.
Q: Will a tutor “proofread” my paper; that is, will a tutor “find and fix” my errors for me?
A: No, tutors teach proofreading techniques, and a tutor can demonstrate the techniques for about two pages of your essay.
Q: What should I bring with me?
A: The assignment sheet, if available, a typed rough draft, if you have reached that stage in the process, a pen or pencil to write with, a flash drive to save your work on, any sources you're citing for a research paper, a list of your questions and concerns

Writing Road Show
The Writing lab offers self-contained presentations about elements of writing with which many students have difficulty. Specific presentations include:

  • APA Style for Manuscripts: Format, Citations, and References
  • MLA Style of Documentation
  • Concise Sentences
  • Summarizing
  • Steps in Writing a Research Paper
  • Proofreading Techniques

Each presentation lasts about 45 minutes. To learn how to integrate a presentation into a lesson plan or to arrange for the Writing Road Show to come to your class, contact Michael Martin in the Writing Lab, Academic Learning Center, Student Center, SC-136A, or call 314-513-4474.