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The Writing Lab at the Air University (AU) Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) fosters opportunities for collaboration in academic writing and instruction across AU and includes the broad functions of faculty support and student writing. In support of AU faculty, the Writing Lab collaborates with the schools and programs to provide workshops, seminars, lectures, and presentations supporting academic writing and instruction. In addition, the Writing Lab fosters “Writing Communities” to create networks in which faculty come together to support one another in writing efforts. In support of AU student writing, the Writing Lab maintains online writing resources and provides space for faculty consultation. The Writing Lab is in the Teaching & Learning Center, located on the second floor of the AU Library.

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  • Supports resident AU students in becoming more effective and confident academic writers 
  • Assists AU students at all stages of the writing process and at all levels of writing ability
  • Provides supportive writing specialists who tutor one-on-one and in small groups with AU students to hone their writing skills
  • Enhances the academic writing experience of international military students as English as a Second Language (ESL) learners at AU 

To schedule an appointment, click the image on the left or visit our Tutoring Request page.

ONLINE WRITING RESOURCES

  • Serves a wide-ranging clientele beyond resident AU students and faculty that includes AU nonresident students, Airman worldwide, and the general public with academic writing and instruction
  • Provides convenient access to online and print resources and materials on academic writing and instruction
  • Provides an online repository of recorded workshops, seminars, lectures, and presentations

Access the writing resources by clicking Online Writing Resources or by navigating the Student Writing menu to the right.

STUDENT FAQs

Explore How the Writing Lab Supports Student Writing:
 

The Writing Lab is located in the Teaching & Learning Center on the Second Floor, East Wing of the Air University MSFRIC Building (Building 1405).

‚ÄčThe Writing Lab offers 45-minute one-on-one tutoring sessions to all Air University (AU) students.  Students are limited to one session per day, no more than two sessions per week, and no more than three sessions for any written assignment.  Additionally, the Writing Lab provides academic lessons, workshops, and small group tutoring services.

Walk-ins are welcome, but are seen on a first come, first served basis.  You are highly encouraged to schedule your tutoring session using the Tutoring Request link. You must have a military or AU email address to schedule an appointment with a tutor. For assistance, please call (334) 953-5233.

Bring your writing assignment instructions and rubric, relevant notes and readings, and a hardcopy of your assignment if in progress.

  • You should play a leading role in the conversation and the direction of the tutoring session.  You will meet with a writing tutor and discuss how you are approaching your assignment.  You should come prepared to address your concerns and have a few questions in mind.  If you have not started the writing process, then you and the tutor will explore your ideas for developing your written assignment, topic selection, purpose, and thesis development. 
  • If you have already written something, then we will read through it, and the tutor will address the strengths and weaknesses of your writing.  We will discuss the organization of your argument, your thesis, and the evidence supporting your thesis.
  • We will NOT edit or proofread your assignment.  However, in reviewing the assignment, the writing tutor will help you learn how to identify patterns of error and strategies for fixing them.  
  • At the end of the tutoring session, you will be asked to complete a brief survey so we can continue to improve our Writing Lab services.

We will NOT edit or proofread your assignment.  However, in reviewing the assignment, the tutor will help you learn how to identify patterns of error and strategies for fixing them.  You will not leave with a perfect paper.  Rather, the goal of the tutoring session is to help you become a more effective and confident writer over the long term.

The online writing resources provide convenient access to online and print materials, including reference materials, that support academic writing and research. You can schedule your tutoring session using the Tutoring Request link.

FACULTY FAQs

Explore how the Writing Lab Supports Faculty Writing Instruction:
 

The Writing Lab manages a collection of public online writing resources through the Air Force Public Information Management System (AFPIMS). These materials serve Airmen worldwide and the general public. Students can also schedule tutoring appointments with Writing Lab tutors who can assist them using the Tutoring Request link.

  • The Writing Lab fosters opportunities for collaboration in academic writing and instruction across Air University (AU), and includes the broad functions of faculty support and student writing. 
  • The Writing Lab provides convenient access to online and printed instructional materials on academic writing and scholarly resources on teaching academic writing.  Additionally, the Writing Lab provides workshops, seminars, lectures, and presentations supporting academic writing and instruction across AU schools and programs.
  • Students should play a leading role in the conversation and the direction of the tutoring session.  Students will be asked how they are approaching their assignment, and should come prepared to address their concerns.  It is also helpful if they arrive at the Writing Lab with a few questions in mind.  
  • Students will not leave with a perfect paper. Rather, the goal of the tutoring session is to help students become more effective and confident writers over the long term.  We will NOT edit or proofread assignments.  However, in reviewing the assignment, the Writing Lab helps students learn how to identify patterns of error and strategies for fixing them.
  • Students are limited to one session per day and no more than two sessions for any written assignment. 

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600 Chennault Circle
Building 1405, 2nd Floor,
AU Library
Maxwell AFB, AL  36112