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Learning Support

Learning Support is available to all students in the Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work. Our goals are to help you transition into your program (from undergraduate to graduate, work to graduate, or graduate to doctoral level writing), to allow better self-expression, to support enhanced communication between you and your professors or instructors, and to help you develop your writing as a professional.


Truly, Learning Support is one of the best things about the MSW program. I don't care how good a writer someone may think they are, you'll become a better writer if you work with them.

- current MSW student

Our Services

Writing Coaches focus on adherence to assignment instructions, brainstorming and outlining, paper organization, APA style, and grammar. Writing coaches are not editors or proofreaders; rather, coaches will teach you to develop your writing skills.

45-minute appointments allow you to meet individually with either a writing coach (for organization, grammar and style, and APA format) or a content tutor (for course concepts and theories). In these meetings, students learn critical thinking, analysis, and writing skills essential to completing a graduate-level paper. Additional appointment times are available for students referred by their professors under “Professor Referral” appointments.

Content Discussion Groups provide students in foundation-level courses with a forum to discussconcepts and theories as well as approaches to upcoming assignments. Please note that tutors will not discuss materials not yet covered in class.

Group Writing Tutorials provide information about many different writing topics such as APA format, grammar, literature reviews, and paragraph structure.

Online Resources on the Learning Support pages of the MSW Libguide are designed specifically with graduate and doctoral students from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in mind. Use handouts, worksheets, and online presentations to develop writing skills and learn all about the expectations of academic writing.


My writing coach not only helped me polish my paper, but provided useful feedback that empowered me to learn from my errors so I can improve my writing skills going forward.

- current MSW student

Randall Information Center

The Randall Information Center is a digital information and training laboratory that provides access to computers and printers, as well as library databases and a ceiling-mounted video/data projector. 


Shunit Mor-Barak
Director of Learning Support

Kiera Nowacki
Lead Writing Coach

Jordan Brown
Learning Support Administrator

Jennifer Nichols
Lead Content Tutor

Ashley Beene
Writing Coach

Michael Grimm
Writing Coach

Nahal Navidar
Writing Coach

Rosemarie DeMatteo
Writing Coach

Elizabeth Baik
Senior Content Tutor

Chelsy Duffer
Senior Content Tutor