Handout of the Month

January -- Brainstorming

Instead of jumping right into writing an assignment, brainstorming is a good way to generate and play around with ideas. Brainstorming using different methods can engage your mind's creativity and encourage the process of writing.

February -- Writing Introductions & Conclusions

Are you having a hard time coming up with an introduction or a conclusion for your essay? Why not open it up with a nice quotation? You can use the tipsheet to write engaging and captivating introductions and conclusions for your term papers.

March -- The Thesis Statement

The thesis statement is an important aspect of writing essays, even in the case of doing your essay exams. This tipsheet guides you through a step-by-step approach to coming up with a thesis statement.

April -- Assignment Calculator

You can use any time you have in April to familiarize yourself wiht the Assignment Calculator. By getting used to the assignment calculator, you can get ahead next semester with this useful tool.

May -- Verbs in Academic Writing

Stuck for words? Take a look at this sheet to learn how to use different verbs to make your writing more engaging. These verbs are useful to know as you will come across them more than once in your academic career.

June -- Paraphrase & Summary

Part of being a successful student is reading and extracting the essential information, then being able to explain it in your own words. This tipsheet focuses on summarizing, which is useful if your reader needs to know the bare bones of a source.

July -- Lab Reports

If you are taking science courses, then July is a busy time when labs are due. You can use this tipsheet to ensure that you have completed and done your best in all parts of the lab.

August -- De-stress Online Seminar

If you're taking a summer course or two and facing exams, this is the perfect time to take a look at the De-stress Online Seminar on the Writing Centre's website. Reducing stress will allow you to do your best work.

November -- Writing Research Essays

November is usually a time when many papers are due. This tipsheet demonstrates the difference between listing information and synthesizing information in a research essay.

December -- Expressive Writing

Do you have an exam coming up? Then grab a pen and a piece of paper and start writing about your emotions and anything that is on your mind and heart.