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Study Groups and Drop-in Sessions


"Thank you for providing such a friendly and enjoyable learning process. It was great and effective!" - Undergraduate Student

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. 

Spring 2019

Study Groups 

Topics Addressed


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.

Tuesdays, January 29, February 5 & 12, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

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.

Tuesdays, February 19 & 26, March 5, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

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.

Tuesdays, March 19 & 26, April 2, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

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 (ongoing),

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.


Topics Addressed


1 - 1:50 p.m.


12 - 12:50 p.m.

Advanced Article Usage, Includes Articles for Geographic Locations

January 29

January 31

Verb Tenses I: General Review

February 5

February 7

Verb Tenses II: Choosing Verb Tenses in Literature Reviews 

February 12

February 14

Formatting a Paper: Layout, Headers, Running Head in APA

February 19

February 21

Structuring a Paper: Topic Statement or Thesis, Effective Sentence and Essay Structures

February 26

February 28

Students’ Questions, Catch-up

March 5

March 7

Spring Break

March 12

March 14

Commas, Commas, Commas

March 19

March 21

Citations I: MLA, APA, Citation Makers, Plagiarism

March 26

March 28

Citations II: In-text Citations, Quotation Marks

April 2

April 4

Conjunctions & Transition Signals: Paired Conjunctions, Advanced Tips, and Special Cases

April 9

April 11

Prepositions I: General Review, Hanging Prepositions Tips

April 16

April 18

Prepositions II: Prepositional and Phrasal Verbs

April 23

April 25

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."