Academic & Writing Support

SP2 Writing Support

Individual writing support is offered to SP2’s Masters students by writing tutors in our doctoral programs. Appointments will take place via Zoom to assist students with issues related to writing style, organization, editing, APA standards, redundancy, and avoiding plagiarism. This is not a proofreading service.

How it Works

A referral from one of the student’s instructors or their academic advisor is required. Faculty and advisors may submit a referral form to the Office of Student Affairs, at which point the office will connect the student to a writing tutor.

Please note:

  • Consultations are by appointment only and must be arranged through the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Appointments are 30 – 60 minutes long. Additional appointments may be scheduled if the tutor has availability; priority is given to initial sessions.
  • This resource is not for help with proofreading or basic editing.
  • Once students have been connected with a writing tutor, the tutors will work directly with students to schedule a time that is mutually convenient.
  • Students who receive a referral are not required to utilize SP2 Writing Support, although they are encouraged to do so.
  • Sessions will be held through Zoom, which does not require any special software; only an internet connection and webcam are needed. Students may make arrangements with Student Affairs to use a webcam in the Caster computer lab, if needed.

The Marks Family Writing Center

The Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing
3808 Walnut Street, 1st Floor

You can schedule an appointment using the Writing Center Scheduler.

The Writing Center is staffed by friendly, well-qualified peer and faculty writing specialists who enjoy working with other writers, from freshmen to doctoral candidates. We are ready to help you with any aspect of the writing process:

  • Analyze your writing assignments or professor feedback to determine what s/he wants
  • Brainstorm topics for a paper or personal statement
  • Help you plan, write, stage, or revise a research paper
  • Give you feedback on cover letters, applications, proposals
  • Teach you strategies for writing and organizing lengthy papers and reports
  • Show you how to strengthen sentences, paragraphs, transitions, diction
  • Give you tips on how to make your writing more powerful and engaging
  • Identify patterns of errors in grammar and mechanics

Weingarten Tutoring and Learning Resources Center

Stouffer Commons
3702 Spruce Street, Suite 300
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm Mon. – Fri.

The Tutoring and Learning Resources Center provides a combined set of services to enhance the academic performance of students at Penn.

The following services are offered free of charge:

  • Individualized assessment and instruction focusing on academic reading, writing, critical thinking, studying, and time management.
  • Instructional resources for faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants.
  • “Academic Plus,” a working series for international students.
  • “Success at Penn,” a workshop series for the returning adult learner.
  • Programs and services for students with disabilities.
  • Tutor training.
  • Development of creative instructional strategies to enhance learning in the course

Student Disabilities Services

Stouffer Commons
3702 Spruce Street, Suite 300
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm Mon. – Fri.
Phone: (215) 573-9235
TDD: (215) 746-6326

The University of Pennsylvania is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for all students, including students with disabilities. The Office of Student Disabilities Services (SDS) provides comprehensive, professional services and programs for students with disabilities to ensure equal academic opportunities and participation in University-sponsored programs. The Office provides the following services:

  • Coordinates the self-identification process and determines reasonable academic accommodations
  • Provides auxiliary services
  • Arranges accessible campus housing, transportation, and
    parking for students
  • Monitors campus accessibility
  • Refers students to other appropriate University services and programs

Located in the Learning Resources Center, SDS collaborates with that office to provide comprehensive academic support, including learning strategies that complement accommodations, academic adjustments, and the use of auxiliary aids.

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