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Academic Skills Center

Writing Center

Writing Center services are available to all North Lake students and members of the community, not just those enrolled in English classes.  Users can be assisted with class assignments, college application essays, personal statements and other documents. The Writing Center also offers free Grammar Clinic classes. Tutors are skilled writing specialists who can help students:
  • Clarify their writing tasks
  • Understand instructors’ requirements
  • Develop and organize their papers
  • Explore revision options
  • Detect grammar and punctuation errors
  • Properly document sources
Students who would like to work with a specific tutor should contact the Writing Center. Writing Center tutors are also available at the North and South Campus in their Learning Resource Center, Tuesday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Online Writing Lab

A service of the North Lake Writing Center, the Online Writing Lab, or OWL, provides assistance to students, faculty, and staff at every stage of the writing process.  OWL allows busy users to submit papers to our writing tutors electronically and get feedback within 24 - 72 hours. This service expands North Lake's reach and provides flexibility and accessibility to those who find it difficult to meet with a tutor face-to-face.

Reading Lab 

The Reading Lab is reserved for credit students who are currently enrolled in a DIRW class. The lab computers are equipped with the ReadOn software for students to work on their lab assignments outside of the classroom. Students using this lab may also check out some of the educational resources available in the Academic Skills Center.

ESOL Computer Lab

The ESL Lab is a media-driven learning lab for ESOL students of all levels. The lab offers many ESOL software packages that allow students to work at their own pace, concentrate on different skill areas, and repeat material as needed. The ESOL lab supplements credit ESOL courses in Reading, Listening and Speaking, Writing, and Grammar and offers learning opportunities for non-credit ESOL students. ESOL students can participate in the free ESOL Conversation Group to practice English conversation skills in an informal environment.

Foreign Language Lab

The Foreign Language Lab is reserved for students who are currently enrolled in a credit foreign language class. The lab is tailored to help these students master a foreign language. It offers many tools to help students with their language studies in a pleasant atmosphere. Students can check out resources such as films, educational DVDs and CD-ROMS to enhance learning. One-on-one tutoring is also available by appointment for French and Spanish.