Basic Writing Workshop Series: (I) Summarizing a Reading Passage; (II) Presenting Your Position; (III) Using Examples for Support; (IV) Preparing for the Exit Exam – We’ll discuss strategies for analyzing readings, forming strong thesis statements, developing clear organizational structures, incorporating effective evidence, and preparing for timed writing exercises. Students may choose to attend one, two, three, or all four of the workshops in this series.
Building an Argument (CAT 2) – We’ll explore how you can use a well-crafted thesis or claim to develop a convincing and well-organized argument.
Analyzing Evidence (DOC 2) - We’ll offer strategies for selecting appropriate evidence and for moving beyond summary into analysis.
Supporting a Claim (DOC 2) - We’ll discuss effective ways to present your own claim about a key concept and to support it with a convincing argument.
Thesis and Argument (HUM 1) – We’ll provide guidelines for formulating an effective thesis, and for using that thesis to construct a coherent and convincing argument.
Analyzing Academic Arguments (MCWP 40) – We’ll discuss effective approaches for examining and evaluating an academic article.
Writing a Synthesis Paper (MCWP 40) – We’ll focus on developing and supporting a claim that synthesizes two sources, and we’ll discuss how to move beyond a standard comparison/contrast approach.
Preparing an Annotated Bibliography and Proposal (MCWP 50/125) - We’ll discuss what should be included in an annotated bibliography, and we’ll offer suggestions for doing more than summarizing source content. We’ll also review the expectations for a research paper proposal and present strategies for effective organization and development.
Writing a Research Paper (MCWP 50/125) – We’ll review the essential components of a clear and coherent research paper, and we’ll discuss organizational options.
Formulating a Research Question (MMW 14/122) – We’ll address the challenging of developing a focused research topic, and we’ll discuss how to use a research question to set a clear direction for the essay as a whole.
Reading and Summarizing Academic Arguments (MMW 12) – We’ll offer reading and writing strategies to help you distill the essence of an argument and convey your understanding clearly.
Writing a Prospectus (MMW 14/122) – We’ll review the expectations for a prospectus and present strategies for effective organization and development.
Incorporating Sources: Evidence and Attribution (MMW 12/14/122) – We’ll address appropriate use of source materials and provide strategies for effectively introducing, presenting, and attributing evidence.
Evaluating an Argument (WCWP 10A) – We’ll review techniques for analyzing and assessing the effectiveness of academic arguments, and for presenting your evaluation in a clear and coherent essay.
Writing a Research Proposal: Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences – We’ll discuss how to how to develop and structure a research proposal that is clear, coherent, and convincing.
Writing a Personal Statement for Medical School and the Health Professions - We’ll provide tips for writing effective application essays and discuss what should – and should not – be included.
Writing a Research Scholarship Application – This workshop is geared towards students applying for UCSD undergraduate summer research funding. We’ll focus on meeting the specific requirements of the application essays.