Graduate Resources

General Overview

The Graduate Writing Center (GWC) serves UVU students, faculty, staff, and the Orem community working on graduate school applications (entrance essays and GRE prep), graduate writing assignments, dissertations, theses, and professional documents. Graduate Writing tutors offer one-on-one sessions as well as workshops.

 

As with our other tutoring services, the Graduate Writing Center is a free service that can help writers at all stages of the writing process. While we will gladly address questions of grammar and style during tutorials, we are not able to accommodate editing requests.

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GRE Writing Preparation

The Writing Center provides free GRE Writing preparation workshops each semester. Workshops are free to students, staff, and community members.

The Graduate Writing Center is hosting four asynchronous workshop series this semester:

1) Verbal Intro Student Asynchronous Workshop*
2) Written Intro Student Asynchronous Workshop*
3) Verbal Practice Asynchronous Workshop*
4) Written Practice Asynchronous Workshop*

The GRE is broken up into three sections: Verbal Reasoning, Analytical Writing, and Quantitative Reasoning. At the Writing Center, we help with the Verbal Reasoning and the Analytical Writing sections of the GRE. We have four (yes four!) helpful asynchronous GRE preparation workshops, namely the Verbal Intro, Written Intro, Verbal Practice, and Written Practice. In these workshops we will work to introduce you to GRE strategies, question types, organization, etc., as well as work with you to improve your ability to best respond to the GRE questions and prompts. 

Asynchronous means that you can work through these workshops in your own space on your own time rather than having to sign up on our schedule. Our two intro workshops help you understand the format and style of the questions and prompts, while our two practice workshops help you utilize the strategies for completing the GRE exam. Working through all four of these workshops can help you feel more confident in your test-taking abilities and help you along the road of applying for and getting into your dream grad program!
 
If you'd like to work through these workshops with a tutor or if you have any questions after working through the asynchronouse workshops, you can schedule an appointment on the Graduate Writing Center schedule.
 
*These workshops are in the beta-testing stage. If anything is inaccessible to you and your needs, please let us know at (801)-863-8936 or writingcenter@uvu.edu.

Workshop Events

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Prep Workshop 

In collaboration with the UVU Math Lab, the Writing Center offers free Graduate Record Exam (GRE) prep workshops.  A general description is provided below. See the asynchronous workshops we're offering this semester above. Live workshops will return in Fall 2021. 

 

Workshops

Analytical Writing Informational Workshop

Verbal Informational Workshop

The GRE Analytical Writing workshop presents the facts about the Issue and Argument essay sections of the GRE and then largely focuses on developing pre-writing strategies for any prompt a test-taker may encounter. The workshop is heavily practice-based, using prompts from the actual GRE to demonstrate to the attendees what their essays should look like and to give them experience working with these prompts. All of the suggestions provided are based on an in-depth analysis of the GRE scoring guide and example essays. The GRE Verbal workshop introduces the different kinds of questions that are asked in this portion of the GRE. The workshop focuses on presenting several strategies, both for preparing in advance for the GRE verbal portion and also for use during the GRE to increase your score. The workshop leader will present at least one example for each type of verbal question and encourage in-depth discussion on how to work out each example. The workshop also includes a packet with a vocabulary list and extra practice questions and answers.

   

Practice Sessions  

We recommend participating in the practice sessions after attending the informational workshops. 

 

Analytical Writing Practice Session

Verbal Section Practice Session

 

 

The Practice Session for the Analytical Writing portion of the GRE builds on      the information presented in the GRE Analytical Writing Workshop. Attendees will work with the GRE scoring guides so that they become more familiarized with the criteria used to score their essays. They will then have the opportunity to develop examples in response to real GRE prompts. Finally, attendees will practice writing a portion of an actual GRE essay. The Practice Session involves    a great deal of discussion, so attendees can share their ideas and questions and receive feedback from their peers and the workshop presenter.

The Practice Session for the Verbal portion of the GRE builds on the information presented in the GRE Verbal Informational Workshop. Attendees will work through flash cards with common vocabulary examples, guided questions for each type of verbal question, and strategies for individual study to help students prepare in advance for the GRE verbal portion. Attendees will also work a number of questions on their own and discuss their answers with the group as a whole. The Practice Session involves a great deal of discussion, so attendees can share their ideas and questions and receive feedback from their peers and workshop presenter.

  

GRE Math Prep    

UVU's Math Lab presents a 6-week series of free workshops designed to prepare students for the math portion of the general exam. Students may register up to 1 hour prior to the start of the workshop. Seating is limited. Workshops are temporarily unavailable until further notice.

  • Week 1: Arithmetic 
  • Week 2: Algebra
  • Week 3: Geometry
  • Week 4: Data Analysis
  • Week 5: Probability
  • Week 6: Word Problems & Test Taking Strategies