The VWC provides free peer feedback on writing for Antioch University students. We support your writing process from start to finish!
- Outlining and Planning: Submit your outlines and notes for feedback on ideas.
- Major Revision: Submit your initial drafts, and even incomplete drafts, for big picture feedback on thesis, structure, organization, integration of sources, and so on.
- Minor Revision: Submit your 2nd or 3rd drafts to work on paragraph structure, clarity, conciseness, syntax, and other sentence-level feedback.
- Style and Polish: Submit your near-final drafts for suggestions about APA or MLA, word choice, grammar, and other procedural edits.
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We’ve added several new resources written by VWC Peer Consultants to help you through common assignments at Antioch. Check out the PDFs below!
- Terms Used in Academic Assignments
- Writing Reflection Papers
- Writing Discussion Posts
- Writing a Research Paper
- Writing a Case Conceptualization
- Writing a Family of Origin Paper
- Writing a Chapter in a Longer Document
- Writing an Annotated Bibliography
The light-bulb clicked on while I was revising a paper for an English Literature class. I was making a case for why computer programming is not a good medium for creating Medieval poetry even though the type-scenes, stock characters, and rhetorical descriptions are prime candidates for automation. While consulting with a peer on how to organize my ideas, I realized that a long paper is a series of small papers threaded together with a thesis statement. In other words, it’s a five-paragraph essay on steroids.
Let me explain. The overall structure of a typical paper is
- Introduction (with thesis)
- Supporting point 1
- Supporting point 2
- Supporting point 3
Pretty standard, right? Here is my “ah-ha” moment: if I think about each of the supporting points as a mini-essay, I can talk about complex ideas in an organized format. The structure becomes
- Introduction (with main thesis integrating mini-theses #1, #2, and #3)
- Supporting point 1 (mini-essay 1)
- Mini-introduction (with mini-thesis #1 supporting the main thesis)
- Supporting point A for supporting point 1
- Supporting point B for supporting point 1
- Supporting point C for supporting point 1
- Mini-conclusion for mini-thesis #1
- Supporting point 2 (mini-essay 2) …
- Supporting point 3 (mini-essay 3) …
- Supporting point 1 (mini-essay 1)
- Conclusion (threading everything back together with the main thesis)
Does that make sense? All the mini-theses have their own support while they are supporting a bigger idea. An even bigger paper, like a thesis or dissertation, could incorporate several of these types of papers. Ad infinitum! And because recursion is awesome, I also think about each paragraph as a teeny-tiny essay with the topic sentence serving as the thesis statement.
Since learning this organization technique, I have improved my writing process. Using this template as an outline allows me to connect ideas before I flesh out the details. By organizing ideas first, I reduce the time spent on the revision process. And for the record, I received a 4.0 on my Medieval Literature term paper.
Virtual Writing Center Peer Consultant
Antioch University New England