Directed Learning Activities

What is a directed learning activity (DLA)?

A directed learning activity (DLA) is a set of exercises a student will complete to improve a specific skill. DLAs are great because they cut to the chase of the issue you want to work on; there's nothing in a DLA that is not related to what you want to improve. Once the activities are complete, you will meet with a tutor to make sure that you're on the right track. The tutor will look over your work and review any parts of the activity that could be improved. Please note that both the activities and meeting with a tutor make a DLA; it's not one or the other.

Who should complete a DLA?

Anyone! Students looking to improve specific areas of their writing should consider the Writing Center's DLAs. Also, some students may be asked by their professors to come to the Writing Center to complete specific DLAs.

How do I complete a DLA?

It's easy! Once you've decided on which DLA to work on, simply print out the information (see below) for the DLA you've chosen and begin. If you prefer, you can complete your work on the Word document. Also, if you come into the Center to complete your DLA, we can provide all the materials for you.

Once you have completed the work, you can either sign-in for DLA walk-in tutoring, located in the Writing Center Computer Lab, or make an Online Tutoring appointment. If you are going to schedule an appointment to complete your DLA, please make sure that it is in the ONLINE TUTORING schedule and NOT in the regular tutoring schedule. For help scheduling an online DLA tutoring appointment, click here!

When can I complete a DLA?

That depends on the activity you choose. Some of the activities can be done from home while others will require you to use some of the software here in the Center. If your DLA requires you to use our software, just remember to check our hours before coming in. Also, you'll want to come into the Center to see a tutor once your activity is complete.

DLAs with an asterisk (*) can be tutored online. Please make sure that if you would like to meet with a tutor online that you complete your work on the DLA Word document before the tutoring session begins. For help making an online DLA appointment, please click here !

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*Adjective Clauses DLA

*Basic Sentence Patterns DLA

*Comma Splices and Run-ons DLA  and Comma Splices and Run-ons Handout

*Comma Usage DLA

*Conditionals DLA

Fragments DLA , Fragments Handout, and Fragments Worksheet

*Participial Adjectives DLA

*The Passive Voice DLA

*Past Perfect & Past Perfect Progressive Tenses

*Past Tenses DLA

*Prepositions DLA

*Present Perfect & Present Perfect Progressive Tenses DLA

*Present Tenses DLA

*Reduced Adjective Clauses DLA  and Reduced Adjective Clauses Activity

*Reduced Adverb Clauses

Subject-Verb Agreement DLA

*Word Forms DLA and Word Forms Exercise

English 67 and English 68

Grammar

*Adjective Clauses DLA

*Apostrophes & Possessives DLA and Apostrophes & Possessives Power Point

*Basic Sentence Patterns DLA

*Comma Splices and Run-ons DLA and Comma Splices and Run-ons Handout

*Comma Usage DLA

*Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers DLA

Fragments DLA, Fragments Handout, and Fragments Worksheet

*The Passive Voice DLA

*Prepositions DLA

*Pronoun Agreement DLA and Pronoun Agreement Power Point

Subject-Verb Agreement DLA

Paragraph and Essay Skills

*Academic Writing Don'ts DLA

*Conclusions DLA, Conclusions Handout, "Sticks and Stones and Sports Teams Names", and "Not Too Rich or Too Thin"

*Editing out "To Be" Verbs DLA

*Introductions DLA and Introductory Paragraph Handout

Outlining the Essay DLA, "Weight Lifting 101", and Weight Lifting 101 Sample Student Outlines  

*Paragraph Development for English 67 and 68 DLA and MEAL Handout

Summary Skills for Academic Writing DLA and "Six Tips for a Healthy Spring Break"

Thesis Statement Power Point

*Transitions DLA

English 1A, 1C and Other Courses

*Academic Writing Don'ts DLA

*Analytical v. Persuasive Thesis Statements DLA*, Analytical v. Persuasive Thesis Statements Supplemental Activity, and Thesis Statements Power Point

*Annotated Bibliography DLA

*Conclusions DLA, Conclusions Handout, "Sticks and Stones and Sports Teams Names", and "Not Too Rich or Too Thin"

*Editing out "To Be" Verbs DLA

Integrating Sources DLA

*Introductions DLA and Introductory Paragraph Handout

Outlining the Essay DLA, "Weight Lifting 101", and Weight Lifting 101 Sample Student Outlines  

Transitions DLA

DLAs with an asterisk (*) can be tutored online. Please make sure that if you would like to meet with a tutor online that you complete your work on the DLA Word document before the tutoring session begins. For help making an online DLA appointment, please click here !

 

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