Grammar: Verb Tenses

Verbs can be simple to understand sometimes. Verbs are action words. What complicates the understanding of verbs are the tenses. Understanding when to use which tense and in which situations is what makes it complex. Down below are some general rules that can be helpful in understanding the tenses and when to use them. Simple Present (Basic Form or S- form): Shows general facts, constant … Continue reading Grammar: Verb Tenses

Prompt 12: Write in all dialogue

“Can’t stay long, Mother,” he said. “I’m up front, the prefects have got two compartments to themselves-“ “Oh, are you a prefect, Percy?” said one of the twins, with an air of great surprise. “You should have said something, we had no idea.” “Hang on, I think I remember him saying something about it,” said the other twin. “Once-“ “Or twice-“ “A minute-“ “All summer-“ … Continue reading Prompt 12: Write in all dialogue

A Cello for Your Thoughts

Writing doesn’t come easily to me. Thinking about writing is a piece of pie, but when it comes to sitting down in front of the computer and trying to hash out my thoughts, I have a hard time. I get distracted first, and then I have trouble staying focus, and then I lose my direction and drive. My writing gets interrupted time and time again by sporadic thoughts, passing … Continue reading A Cello for Your Thoughts

Identifying with ESL or ELL: Knowing the Difference

Telling the difference between ESL and ELL could be difficult for some people. ESL was most commonly used in the past (especially when I was growing up), and ELL has become the term to use in recent times. ESL is the acronym for English as a Second Language. This was what I commonly knew as I was placed in ESL classes during my first three … Continue reading Identifying with ESL or ELL: Knowing the Difference

Spring 2017 Drop-In Hours

Spring 2017 Drop-In Hours Writing Success Program (WSP) Drop-In Hours – Spring 2017 NOTE: Drop-ins are intended for shorter questions and run from 15 to 30 minutes. To schedule a longer session with a counselor please visit: wspucla.setmore.com View our hours below. We look forward to seeing you soon! WSP Spring 2017 Drop-In Hours Monday – Thursday: 3 PM – 5 PM Friday: No Drop-Ins Saturday – Sunday: Closed Continue reading Spring 2017 Drop-In Hours

How Do You Approach Getting Out of Writer’s Block?

We’ve all heard of the dreaded writer’s block: the figurative cement wall that blocks our ability to surround ourselves with creative and thoughtful ideas. And like a cement wall, it feels impossible to break through it when we see our mind as something much weaker than it. We groan, we curse, we become frustrated. “Why me?” Is the first question that comes to mind when … Continue reading How Do You Approach Getting Out of Writer’s Block?

Error Free: The Mechanics of Grammar Workshop

The Writing Success Program will be hosting their first ESL/ELL workshop this Thursday (March 16) from 6-8 pm in collaboration with Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars. We will be addressing issues of grammar that many ESL/ELL students struggle with such as verb tenses (one of the many things we’ll cover). We want to ensure that students feel confident in understanding grammar and being … Continue reading Error Free: The Mechanics of Grammar Workshop

Crossing the Bridge – How to Write Effective Transition Sentence

In comparison to the sentences of evidence, commentary, and analysis that make up the bulk of any academic essay, transition sentences make up a slim proportion. If an essay is five paragraphs long, then there may be as little as five transitory sentences overall. Because of their seemingly inconsequential role, these sentences are often regarded as unimportant and tend to be neglected throughout the writing … Continue reading Crossing the Bridge – How to Write Effective Transition Sentence

Prompt 8: The Worst Thing You’ve Done

Tattled on a close friend in 5th grade? Road-raged down the 405? Reflect on your inner devil this weekend and write about the worst thing you have ever done. Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next prompt is posted the following week to write your response. You may submit your writing by: Posting your answer in the comment section below. Emailing hkim@cpo.ucla.edu Include a short note in the email … Continue reading Prompt 8: The Worst Thing You’ve Done

The Toxic Belief That Writing Well Is a ‘Natural Gift’

How do I become a better writer? Is becoming a great writer even possible? Why can’t I write as beautifully as others? These were some of the thoughts that went through my head almost everyday when it came to thinking about my writing ability. Throughout most of my life, I sincerely believed that writing—just like drawing—was an innate talent: you either have it or you … Continue reading The Toxic Belief That Writing Well Is a ‘Natural Gift’

Adjusting to English, Oakland, and America

English could be a quite complicated language. As an English language learner myself, I don’t remember much of my experience learning the language as I was fortunate enough to have started my education at a very young age. Learning at a younger age gave me the ability to adjust and adapt at a rapid pace as studies often show that the younger you are when … Continue reading Adjusting to English, Oakland, and America

Prompt 5: Martin Luther King Jr.

Did you know? Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at UCLA in 1965. You can find the recording here. Last Monday, January 16, was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Thanks to that, we could enjoy a three-day weekend right after winter break ended. But there is something else, we should thank Dr. King for: civil rights. If you could meet Martin Luther King Jr., what would … Continue reading Prompt 5: Martin Luther King Jr.

Do you really, truly need that adverb?

Ever heard of Stephen King? He’s an author – a really good one. His memoir, On Writing, is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Though On Writing is filled to the brim with hundreds of memorable quotes on writing, on the writing process, etc., one quote in particular happened to stand out to readers, eventually becoming the most well-known quote from the book … Continue reading Do you really, truly need that adverb?

Winter 2017 Drop-In Hours

Winter 2017 Drop-In Hours Writing Success Program (WSP) Drop-In Hours – Fall 2017 NOTE: Drop-ins are intended for shorter questions and run from 15 to 30 minutes. To schedule a longer session with a counselor please visit: wspucla.setmore.com View our hours below. We look forward to seeing you soon! WSP Winter 2017 Drop-In Hours Monday – Thursday: 3 PM – 5 PM Friday: No Drop-Ins Saturday – Sunday: Closed Continue reading Winter 2017 Drop-In Hours

Fall 2016 Finals Week Drop-In Hours

Do you need a little help brushing up your final paper? Would you like some feedback on your job or graduate school applications? Come to WSP! We are offering drop-in hours during finals week for any last-minute questions. This is your last chance to see a writing counselor before the start of winter break. Please look below for more information on our finals week drop-in times: Monday through Wednesday from 1PM to 5PM. Finals week … Continue reading Fall 2016 Finals Week Drop-In Hours

The Power of Perspective: Understanding Point of View in Creative Writing

One of the first things you need to ask before writing a piece of fiction is: who is telling the story? Or, in other words, which point of view will you choose? The point of view in fiction determines whose eyes the reader experiences the story through. Thus, choosing the appropriate point of view for your story is crucial, since different points of view have different … Continue reading The Power of Perspective: Understanding Point of View in Creative Writing