Undergraduate Peer Mentor Program
The Undergraduate Peer Mentor (UPM) program consists of a small group of pre-service teachers hand-selected by their writing-intensive course professors for their extraordinary writing and interpersonal skills. The mentors work to support their fellow undergraduates by offering feedback on the writing process, modeling good writing habits and providing a supportive and encouraging voice to students’ writing concerns.
They are available to assist students for help with writing or other coursework on a first-come, first-serve basis in the UPM Office, room 210 in Harrington Tower.
Hours of Availability
Monday 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- What is MyWritingLab (MWL)?
An online grammar module to help you master grammar concepts, so that you have a thorough understanding of grammar to effectively teach your future students.
- MWL is only required if this is your first W-course or if you have not yet completed it.
- MUST be completed before you begin Senior Methods—this is a hard deadline.
- All TLAC students and any students from other majors who participate in TLAC’s Senior Methods program must complete MWL (this includes SPED majors).
- You must register for MWL by 11:59 PM on September 30, 2018
- You must complete MWL by 11:59 PM on November 30, 2018
MWL Tips for Success
- Take your time on your skills checks—these assessments determine how many assignments you will have to complete.
- Completing MWL doesn’t have to be a big task. Most students finish all of their assignments in 3 to 4 hours total.
- You MUST complete every homework assignment you are assigned with 95% or better. You will get a gold star next to each assignment that you complete with 95% or better (M’s represented assignments you mastered in your skills check), and you will get a gold star next to a chapter when you have completed that chapter.
- Your MWL is not considered to be complete until: 1) You have received a gold star for each of the 3 chapters (C8, C9, & C10) and 2) Your completion has been verified by a UPM.
- Get a certificate of completion from a UPM and keep it—that way you have proof should any questions arise when you reach Senior Methods.
Creating an Account, Purchasing MWL, & Registering for MWL
- To register for MWL account go to www.mywritinglab.com.
- Click on the “Student” button under “Register.”
- Click on the “OK! Register now” button.
- Type in the course ID for Fall 2018: matthews08592 and click “Continue.”
- Sign in with your Pearson account if you already have one. If you do not have an account with Pearson, click on the “Create” button under “Create a Pearson Account.”
- After you have logged into or created your account, you will be redirected to a page that asks what option you would like to use to pay for MWL. If you bought an access code from the bookstore, you can choose the option “Use an access code” or “use a credit card” to pay for MWL directly from Pearson.
- If finances are an issue for you, can choose to do the MWL 2-Week Trial. However, YOU MUST complete MWL within the 2-Weeks and leave enough time for a UPM to verify your completion. Pearson does not always keep an accurate record of completion for those students who do the free trial.
Finally, please note that technical problems with MyWritingLab (e.g., not being able to access modules, results not showing up, etc.) require that you contact Pearson directly at 1-855-875-1797. Instructors and UPMs are NOT able to troubleshoot technical issues.
Every semester the UPM program offers you the option to order books from Scholastic at AMAZING prices. These books are great for personal use or as additions to your future classroom library. This is also a great opportunity to get books for classes. As a bonus, your purchases will give the UPMs points to buy books for the UPM library. Books in the UPM library are available for all students in TLAC writing-intensive courses to check out and borrow for class assignments – free of charge!
Ordering from Scholastic online is easier than ever. You can browse regular catalogs, specialty catalogs, or use the search engine to locate specific books, genres, or other categories such as Caldecott and Newbery winners.
If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, then follow these easy steps:
1. Visit Scholastic Reading Club online
2. Click “First Time Here? Parents”
3. Enter course code PXR7Y
4. Click “Yes” for the teacher name, Mrs. Matthews, that appears
5. Create an Account
6. Enter your information as the “Child’s Information”
7. Reenter course code and confirm teacher information
8. Add books to cart and proceed to checkout
9. Ensure that your name is listed as the child’s name
10. Complete the checkout process
When the books come in, you will receive an email. At that point, you can pick up your books at the UPM office in Harrington Tower (EDCT), room 210.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Tiffany Gambrel at email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions
What book should I use for my Literary Elements Project?
Newbery Medal and Honor books are great choices for this project. They usually have all of the elements that are identified in this project and are a great read! Our library in the UPM office is full of these books for you to check out, or you can go to http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberyhonors/newberymedal for a complete list of all the Newbery Medal and Honor books.
I’m making a lot of comma errors in my paper. When is it appropriate to use commas?
There are essentially four scenarios where using a comma is appropriate. A good acronym to remember these scenarios is CISI.
C- When you are writing a compound sentence with a coordinating conjunction (fanboy).
I- When you use an introductory word or statement.
S- When you create a series.
I- When you use an interrupter.
How do I order from the UPM Scholastic fundraiser?
Please check out the Scholastic Orders tab under Learn More.
How do I contact my UPM?
Your UPM will visit your class during the first week of every semester. There, they will give your there contact information, including their TAMU email. Feel free to use this email, or contact your UPM via the mail option on elearning. If you would like to come see your UPM in person, feel free to stop by the office during office hours, which are posted on the office door and in the Hours section of this website.
Can I only go to my designated UPM for help?
No. If another UPM has office hours that work better with your schedule, you are welcome to use them as a resource! All of the UPMs are somewhat familiar with the writing intensive assignments and would be happy to help you!
Do I have to make an appointment to see my UPM during his or her office hours?
No. The UPMs will always be in the office during their office hours unless they have notified the entire class otherwise. In this case, your UPM will ask another UPM to take his or her office hours to ensure that there is always someone who is able to answer questions during those designated hours. You are welcome to drop by at any time!
What are the proper APA formatting guidelines?
The Purdue OWL website is a great resource for proper APA formatting! https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html
How long can I check out a book from the UPM library?
Books are available to check out for two weeks at a time and can be renewed only once for another two weeks. The only exception to this rule is if you can prove from your syllabus that you need to keep the book longer for an assignment. Students are only allowed to have two books checked out at a time unless they are checking out books for a reading clinic, in which case they may check out up to four books. Faculty may check out as many books as they need.
What books can I check out from the UPM library?
There is a wide array of books for you to check out from our library. We have many multicultural books, which are a requirement for all RDNG 371 courses. There are many great books to use for any writing intensive course assignments, especially Literary Elements projects. We also have some children’s books, all of which are Caldecott medal award winners. Come by and check out our library!
How do I check out a book from the UPM library?
Come to the UPM office (Room 210 in Harrington Tower) and check one out in person from our bookshelf. All you have to do is type your name, email, what book(s) you check out, as well as your course and instructor on the library spreadsheet. When you return a book we will simply cross off your information from the list.
Where is the UPM office located?
210 Harrington Tower.
How can I eliminate excess words from my research paper?
Delete doubles (any and all, first and foremost),
Delete ideas that are implied (true facts, free gift),
Use positive statements in place of negative ones (not replaceable changes to irreplaceable),
Use adverbs in place of adjective and noun pairs (It was done in an accurate manner. changes to: It was done accurately.),
Remove the word “that” unless it is necessary for meaning.
How do you cite sources within the text using APA formatting?
Three key elements: author’s last name (or authors’ last names), year of publication, and page number
Single author: Romantic poetry is characterized by the “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (Loren, 1998, p. 263).
Two authors: The authors state “Tighter gun control in the United States erodes Second Amendment rights” (Nelson & Brown, 2000, p. 76).
Three to five authors:
- First time you cite the source: Legal experts counter the argument by noting that the current spike in gun violence in America compels law makers to adjust gun laws (Jones, Smith, Michaels, & Thomas, 2000, p. 4).
- Second time you cite the source: Legal experts counter the argument by noting that the current spike in gun violence in America compels law makers to adjust gun laws (Jones et al., 2000, p. 4).
Six or more authors: The militia was considered a “good and able-bodied force” (Miller et al., 2003, p. 89).