Study Groups and Drop-in Sessions

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- Albert Einstein


Our Study Groups and Drop-in Sessions are designed for UMD students and scholars whose first language is not English. They are free, not for credit, and taught by the Writers' Workshop's ESL specialist. We meet in KAML 213 on the second floor of the library behind the Writers’ Workshop.

These groups will help you become a better writer and more proficient at English overall, which will benefit you across all subject areas. If you have a suggestion for a topic or study group, please contact We will be happy to accommodate your request as time permits. 

Fall 2018

Study Groups 

Topics Addressed

Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Academic Writing: We will study advanced academic writing skills such as verbs choice, reporting verbs, verb tenses in literature reviews and research papers, and establishing and occupying a research niche.September 18, 25, & October 2
Writing With Sources: UMD librarian Kim Pittman will show us how to effectively find quality sources. We will also learn strategies for reading and note-taking, practice summarizing and paraphrasing, and study quotations and citations.October 9, 16, & 23
GRE, GMAT, MCAT, and PCAT Preparation: We will unpack the expectations for the Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Critical Reading, and Sentence Correction sections that are specific to each exam. October 30, November 6, & 13
Speaking & Pronunciation: This long-standing study group is looking forward to adding new members! We usually begin with pronunciation exercises such as minimal pairs or linking. We also talk about American expressions and idioms, and we dedicate most of our time to conversations and discussions.

Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., ongoing

Drop-in Sessions
Topics AddressedWednesdays, 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.Thursdays, 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
Advanced Article Usage, Includes Articles for Geographic LocationsSeptember 19September 20
Verb Tenses I: General ReviewSeptember 26September 27
Verb Tenses II: Choosing Verb Tenses in Literature ReviewsOctober 3October 4
Formatting a Paper: Layout, Headers, Running Head in APA October 10October 11
Structuring a Paper: Topic Statement or Thesis, Effective Sentence and Essay StructuresOctober 17October 18
Students’ Questions, Catch-upOctober 24Fall Break
Commas, Commas, CommasOctober 31November 1
Citations I: MLA, APA, Citation Makers, PlagiarismNovember 7November 8
Citations II: In-text Citations, Quotation MarksNovember 14November 15
Conjunctions & Transition Signals: Paired Conjunctions, Advanced Tips, and Special CasesNovember 21Thanksgiving
Prepositions I: General Review, Hanging Prepositions TipsNovember 28November 29
Prepositions II: Prepositional and Phrasal VerbsDecember 5December 6
What undergraduate and graduate students are saying: 
"I really enjoyed to attend all learning topics in English class. One of my favorite activities was to argue a popular issue as part of a debate."  
"Thank you for providing such a friendly and enjoyable learning process. It was great and effective!" 
"It is a very useful class on English grammar, showing in detail how to use English correctly in every specific context." 
"It is very helpful to students."