Support programs

For available community resources, such as counseling, healthcare and eye glass assistance visit Wayne State's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

Writing Resources

pencil, Detroit, MIThe School of Social Work offers free supplemental support for all social work students seeking assistance with their writing. Writing tutors assist students at any stage of the writing process and cover various writing issues. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • focus and adherence to assignment guidelines
  • research assistance
  • brainstorming and outlining
  • APA Style and format
  • grammar and mechanics
  • resume and cover letters
  • developing overall writing skills

A typical one hour session may include discussions about following the APA style and citation guidelines, organization (from the setting up the entire essay to paragraph structure), brainstorming, working though grammatical issues, finding sources, and helping you through other stages of the writing process. PDF writing services flyer to print

We offer walk-in hours on Monday's from 9 am - 3 pm (sign-in at the Social Work building lobby desk) or contact one of our part-time Social Work Writing Tutors for an appointment:

  • Vanessa Gualtieri
    • or 313-577-4339  
    • 5447 Woodward Avenue, Room #032
  • Valarie Cullin
    • or 313-577-8969
    • 5447 Woodward Avenue, Room #033

Other free services include weekly workshops that cover various writing topics and online assistance for those students unable to reach main campus.    

Helpful power points

  • Annotated Bibliography & PowerPoint Presentation
  • APA Style: Basics - This APA Style presentation offers a glimpse into the basics of APA Style 6th Edition.  Learn about in-text citations, references, and formatting.  See examples of the most common types of APA Style citations, references, and formatting. 
  • Endnote - A specialized database program for storing and managing bibliographic references which allows for exporting of references directly from online catalogs and online databases.  It enables users to integrate bibliographic citations within word processing documents.
  • How to Organize a Paper – This presentation breaks down the writing process into three manageable steps, while addressing and resolving common writing mistakes.  This presentation offers assistance in brainstorming, outlining, and time management.  
  • A Quick Guide to Plagiarism – This presentation covers types of plagiarism and offers tools to avoid plagiarism.  In addition, examples of plagiarism are given with solutions.   
  • Quick Guide to Commas - This presentation offers students clear definitions and examples of the often-confusing comma and semi-colon.   This presentation also breaks down sentences and defines each component of a sentence with an example.  This is a great choice for any students seeking to hone existing comma skills or to learn how commas are used in writing.
  • Test Anxiety: Overcoming Challenges – This presentation offers students tips on fitting in a little "R & R" over the course of a challenging semester.  Tips to avoid test-anxiety via preparedness and staying organized throughout the semester are offered to students.
  • Evaluating Sources -  Describes how to find quality online sources. In the presentation, you will find examples of effective sources and those that you should avoid. A criterion is provided from which you can judge other sources in your own research.
  • Help with Paraphrasing -  Gives a step by step guide about how to paraphrase source material. The PowerPoint provides a breakdown of the traits of a correct and incorrect paraphrase.
  • Paragraph Structure -  Gives an overview of the types of sentences required to make a complete paragraph. It provides diagrams of quality paragraphs and discusses the types of paragraphs needed for a longer research paper.
  • Grammar Basics: Part 1 -  Provides a tutorial on parts of speech, semi-colons, subject-verb agreement and when to use tricky words like "it's or its."
  • Grammar Basics: Part 2 -  Goes into more detail about subject-verb agreement, more tricky words such as "affect or effect" and collective nouns.

Additional resources