Writing Lab                    

315 Liberal Arts Building
 

Writing Lab Mission Statement

The goals of the Writing Lab are to offer assistance, tutoring, and support for all levels of English composition courses; to assist students in preparation for end-of-term English and reading exit tests; and to provide assistance with advanced writing tasks for all subject areas throughout the college.

Services to Students and Faculty

The Writing Lab offers assistance and tutoring for all levels of English composition courses, preparation for end-of-term English and Reading College Placement Exams, and assistance with advanced writing tasks for all subjects throughout the college (including assistance with literature reviews, research/term papers, reports, documentation, and bibliography/reference citations).

In addition, the Writing Lab has software programs to help students prepare for end-of-term exit exams for Developmental English and Developmental Reading. The Writing Lab also has a variety of software programs including Writer's Resources, Glencoe Interactive Grammar, Preparing for Placement and Exit Tests (Reading and English), Building Basic Composition Skills (for students who need help with writing and editing topic sentences; with paragraph support, unity, and coherence; with audience and purpose; and with diction, style, and sentence structure) and Building English Language Skills (for students who want to improve their understanding of standard English grammar and usage).  In addition, the Writing Lab computers have practice COMPASS English and reading tests.

Hours for Fall Semester 2014

Monday - Thursday 8 am - 7 pm

  Note: The Writing Lab closes on the last day of classes each term.

Writing Lab Staff

Ms. Terri Jenkins-Suggs, Writing Lab Instructor
Ms. Leslie Taylor Collins, Writing Lab Coordinator
Ms. Betty Bates

Faculty Volunteers

Dr. Kerri Allen
Dr. Kris Barton
Ms. Janice Bolding
Dr. Cicero Bruce
Dr. Jenny Crisp
Dr. Wes Davis
Dr. Kent Harrelson
Dr. Leslie Harrelson
Dr. Brian Hibbs
Ms. Cathy Hunsicker
Ms. Kelley Mahoney
Dr. Marsha Mathews
Dr. Barbara Murray
Dr. Mary Nielsen
Dr. Lydia Postell
Dr. Lorena Sins
Ms. Jane Taylor
Dr. Natalie Trice
Ms. Carol Yim
 

Writing Lab Tour Video

Writing Lab Tour Video

 
 

COMPASS Writing/English Practice

Practice English/Writing COMPASS Exam
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This link will take you to four interactive COMPASS practice passages.  The best approach to these COMPASS practice passages is to click on every sentence--even if you think there are no errors.  Then, look at the response choices to see whether the choices can help you find a possible mistake.  When you have finished correcting the entire passage, reread the passage keeping verb tense shifts in mind.  Once you are satisfied that you have found all of the mistakes, click on "I am finished; show my score."  Your goal is to achieve at least a 70%.  If you would like additional help with these practice passages or if you would like to see the "correct" responses, please come to the Writing Lab.
Gainesville State College Online Interactive COMPASS English Practice This link will take you to Gainesville State's interactive COMPASS writing practice tests.  If the link does not work, try going directly to the Gainesville State College Learning Support Web page: http://www.gsc.edu/admin/learningsupport/
More COMPASS English Practice

This link takes you to Georgia College 411 and its downloadable practice English and reading COMPASS materials.

Test Prep Review (link to free online practice)  Includes practice for math, English, and reading portions of the COMPASS exam.
Queensborough Community College COMPASS Writing Practice 1 Scored online and provides feedback.
Queensborough Community College COMPASS Writing Practice 2 Scored online and provides feedback.

 

Reading COMPASS Practice
(also useful for the Regents' Reading Test)

ACT Practice Reading Tests This link takes you to 20 practice reading comprehension tests.
More COMPASS Reading Practice  This link takes you to Gainesville State's accessible reading practice.  A login is not required for this practice test.
COMPASS English, Reading, and Math Practice This link takes you to sites that offer practice for the English, reading, and math portions of the COMPASS.
Bainbridge Guided Reading COMPASS Practice 1 Offers test-taking tips and a practice reading passage with hints.
OSU-OKMULGEE: READING STRATEGIES & DIAGNOSTIC (Reading Passage) This link takes you to a practice reading comprehension test; there is an answer key at the end of the passage.
Practice Reading Comprehension Passage This link takes you to an online reading comprehension test.

 

Math COMPASS Practice

COMPASS Math Practice This link takes you to sites that offer practice for the math portion of the COMPASS.

 

Practice Exercises for English Classes

Practice ACT English Exercises (Houghton Mifflin)

Offers a variety of practice tests that are scored online and can be emailed to the instructor. Site also includes links to other writing resources available online. (Added April 24, 2007)

List of Writing Lab Practice Exercises for English Classes

This link will take you to a list of practice exercises for grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and usage.  All practice exercises are linked to answer keys, and some are interactive. There are currently over 40 different practice exercises available.
Additional Practice Exercises for English Classes The Additional Practice Exercises link will take you to a listing of 172 interactive quizzes that cover most of our Type I, Type II, and Type III errors. The site is maintained by Webster.Commnet.
Chomp Chomp  
Oxford University Press  
Purdue Owl  

What is Plagiarism?

Rutgers University

This site explains plagiarism, gives examples, and it even has a quiz you can take to be sure you understand plagiarism.

 Simon Fraser University Library Tutorial on plagiarism

This tutorial will define plagiarism and quiz you to make sure you understand the material.

 

Practice Exercises for Reading Classes

Writing Lab Practice Exercises for Reading Classes  
Additional Practice Exercises for Reading Classes  

 

Other Types of Writing

Writing about Film How to Take Notes in College Helpful
(links to MLA and APA)
Regents' Testing Program Website  (includes practice reading tests and a listing of essay topics)

Roberts Library English Course Guide
(Includes an outline of a research paper and how to find the right sources for research papers)  (New!)

Grammar Girl (includes clear answers to many common grammar questions)

 

 

 

Publications

The Exemplar

This link will lead you to sample student essays written by students at Dalton State.

Tributaries

This link will take you to Dalton State's literary magazine.

 

 

 

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