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Writing Lab


The Rose State Writing Lab provides one-on-one help with any Rose State writing project at no charge. It's open to all students; no referral is required.

A quiet, comfortable place for writers to work, the Writing Lab is staffed with qualified lab instructors and faculty members who are prepared to help with any Rose State College writing project and can provide tutorials to help students evaluate and correct common mistakes and writing issues. Lab instructors are pleased to assist students with assignments by helping them brainstorm, outline, draft, edit, and proofread; however, we cannot correct an entire essay for a student (we are not editors). We will provide examples and assist as the student makes appropriate improvements. 

The Writing Lab is located in the Learning Resources Center, Room 250E, and we are also available online! Visit us during lab hours or get help online with a response within 24-48 hours, Monday through Friday. We have put together some commonly asked questions below. You can also use the Ask an Instructor form to get help with an essay or ask general questions about writing and formatting. 

The Writing Lab provides access to online Merit Software Tutorials to guide students through basic writing, grammar, and punctuation review. To use the software, students must sign up in the Writing Lab. There is no cost to the student. After signing up the first time, students can access the program from any computer – on or off campus. 

Students who need weekly tutoring sessions will be referred to Tutoring Services (next door to the Writing Lab).  


  • Monday-Thursday 9am to 6pm and Friday 10am to 2 pm

Tips for Emailing Professors (PDF)
Starting, Organizing & Writing

How do I get started?

How do I write an effective thesis statement?

How do I organize my ideas?

How do I make a formal outline?

How do I put all my notes together?

How do I overcome writer's block?

What makes an effective written argument?

Revising, Editing & Proofreading

How do I revise my paper?

How do I edit my paper?

How do I proofread my paper?

Punctuation, Sentence Structure, Grammar & Numbers

How do I use the comma?

How do I avoid comma splices?

How do I use the semicolon and colon?

How do I avoid the most common pronoun mistake?

How do I avoid the most common subject-verb mistake?

When do I spell out numbers?

Using Resources

How do I avoid plagiarism?

How do I use direct quotations?

How do I find sources on the Web?

How do I cite sources?

Essay Exams

How do I take an essay exam?

Ask An Instructor

If you have a question, use the Ask an Instructor Form below.  If you have an attachment, make sure that it is saved in MS Word or in Rich Text Format.

Ask an Instructor

You can expect to receive a response via email within two College business days, so be sure to check your email for messages after you submit a question. The Writing Lab instructors are not responsible for class deadlines or due dates. If you have not received a response to your request within two College business days, please contact Corey Fitzgerald at