Mini Workshops


It's more than a city; it's a style. If you are taking a history class, this workshop is for you! During this hour-long workshop you will receive upbeat information about writing and citing in Chicago style. You'll have an opportunity to use MS Word 2013 to format a given essay, adding footnotes along the way. Tip sheet and map to Chicago citation information also provided—at no charge! (Approx. 60 minutes)

Objective: Participants will

  • Learn a technique for writing research papers
  • Work cooperatively with one another, using tools in MS Word 2013
  • Processes information in citing research sources

Cracking the Code

Solved — the mystery of the vanishing passwords! Have you ever wondered why your passwords didn't work? Come with us deep into the labyrinth of the password/pin system and watch as we shed light on dark secrets. Along the way you'll receive an overview and helpful tip sheet on the various passwords and password requirements to access EFSC programs and services: Angel, student domain, Library database, Titan Web, and Titan Email. If time permits, we will also present the list of the top 25 most commonly used (and easily hacked) passwords. Is yours among them? (Approx. 30 minutes)

Objective: Participants will

  • Grasp an understanding of different EFSC computer- accessed services
  • View the password/PIN requirements for each system
  • Create secure passwords of their own

Fixing Fragments

Fragments are sneaky things. Like this one. They hide in the shadows of perfectly respectable complete sentences. The top three tricks for exposing fragments will be featured in this hands-on, creative workshop. Bring your friends! Fix fragments together! (Approx. 30 minutes)

Objective: Participants will

  • Distinguish the difference between fragments and sentences
  • Learn new techniques for finding fragments in paragraphs
  • Practice a technique

Formatting for College Essays

Everything you've always needed to know about how an essay should look, presented in a few easy steps. Participants use MS Word 2013 to mold a mess into a MLA-style masterpiece in 30 minutes or less. Along the way you will discover fast techniques for spacing, page numbering, indenting block quotes, and formatting a works cited page. Don't turn in an essay without this information! (Approx. 30 minutes)

Objective: Participants will

  • Create an MLA styled essay from a default template
  • Become empowered to use the formatting tools in MS Word 2013
  • Help each other progress step-by-step in formatting an essay

Gentle Introduction to Word Problems

If you want to run away when you read "Tasha's age is five years less than twice Thomas's age," then run to this workshop. Participants will discover tricks for translating story problems into algebraic equations that can then be solved. A tip sheet with word phrases and their corresponding mathematical symbols will be provided. (Approx. 40 minutes)

Objective: Participants will

  • Become familiar with the common phrases which can be translated into mathematical symbols
  • Interpret word problems, going from English sentences to algebraic equations

How To Succeed at Chemistry: Brush up your Stoichiometry

Learn how to balance and write equations correctly; recognize key words that identify limiting reactant type calculations. Practice methods to decipher chemical word problems. (Approx. 60 minutes)

Objective: Participants will

  • Balance and write correct equations
  • Identify key words and formulas
  • Practice word problems

How To Succeed at Chemistry: Converting Unit Calculations

Use a mapping technique to convert metric units to English. Within a relaxed setting, practice challenging chemical calculations. (Approx. 60 minutes)

Objective: Participants will

  • Improve understanding of chemical calculations

Incorporating Sources

Participants will learn how to place quotes from sources (or an annotated bibliography) into a paper. Quotations defend your ideas and thesis and by applying a couple writing techniques, you can be sure that the quote will work for well for you. Come learn a couple of tricks and you have a skill for the rest of your college career. (Approx. 30 minutes)

Objective: Participants will

  • Identify "dropped" quotes
  • Integrate a quote into a sentence
  • Learn how to use quotations to support your ideas

MS Word 2013

Participants will learn how to use the tools in MS Word 2013 to create professional and eye-catching documents for both print and online. We will begin with text basics and move to working with graphics, themes, charts, and more based on participant skill level and need. (Approx. 30 minutes)

Objective: Participants will

  • Be empowered to use MSWord tools
  • Learn tips on design and formatting

Quizlet to the Rescue

Quizlet enables users to create flashcards, play games, and take practice tests based on the course content. This workshop includes a 5 minute overview and then hands-on time for creating and using the study tool specific to the participant's needs. (Approx. 30 minutes)

Objective: Participants will

  • Learn how to use a tool to help study vocabulary and terminology

Research through Videos

Not every great source for a research paper has to be in written word. Come explore film media, from YouTube to Films on Demand, as places to find great information. You'll discover which sources to believe, which to dismiss and how to cite them all in MLA or APA format. (Approx. 30 minutes)

Objective: Participants will

  • Evaluate the reliability of various film sources
  • Draw on EFSC's library web site to research film sources
  • Manage citing sources

Revision Tips & Techniques

Bring your rough draft to this workshop and practice some techniques to catch and revise the top issues most commonly found in EFSC student writing. A few little changes can make a big difference. Open to any type of writing not only COM courses. (Approx. 30 minutes)

Objective: Participants will

  • Gain hands on revision techniques
  • Learn the most common revision steps
  • Develop an eye for editing

Standards of a Research Paper

A plethora of helpful tip sheets will be provided in this quick review of the basics needed for a research paper, from formatting in MLA (or APA) through grammar and essay structure. This hour-long workshop is designed for students in non-composition classes who will be doing a research paper. (Approx. 30 minutes)

Objective: Participants will

  • Focus on the technique of categorizing for long papers
  • Cooperatively build an example from which the group can determine correct or incorrect usage

To Quote or Not To Quote

Participants join in the drama as Sam struggles with a killer quotation and eventually wins back his girlfriend. He discovers how to be direct and indirect, paraphrasing along the way. Come and learn along with him the different ways to conquer a quotation. (Approx. 30 minutes)

Objective: Participants will

  • Modify a quotation into different styles—direct, indirect, paraphrase, summary
  • Discover reasons for each
  • Produce a paraphrase

Writing Details

Practice several techniques to create more detail in any genre of writing: concrete versus abstract language, "strong" verbs over "be" verbs, and narrowing down specifics. (Approx. 45 minutes)

Objective: Participants will

  • Learn three methods for adding more details to their writing
  • Practice writing with details on a new draft or revision

Palm Bay Learning Lab

250 Community College Parkway
Building 1, Room 234
Palm Bay, FL 32909


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Online Writing Lab
Writing tutors review submitted papers, scholarship essays and job applications Monday through Thursday until 3 PM. Anything submitted after 3 PM Thursday is reviewed the following Monday. Turn-around time is usually 24 hours or less.

Tutoring is offered online live, by appointment, or through submissions for math, science, Spanish, nursing, reading and writing subjects. Tutors available 24/7 for EFSC students. Log-in using your full TITAN email address as your USERNAME and birthdate formatted as MMDDYY as PASSWORD.