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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

Content Specialists focus on adherence to assignment guidelines, understanding of learned SOWK 500-level course concepts and theories, approaches to application and analysis, graduate-level study skills, and time management. Content specialists are not able to assist with quizzes, though they are able to review SOWK 500-level concepts related to quiz topics.

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, punctuation, structure, style, and APA format) or a content specialist (for course concepts and theories, approaches to application and analyzation, graduate-level study skills, time management, navigation of USC online and on-ground networks). 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.

Course Workshops and content specialist-led study groups provide a great opportunity for foundation-level students to discuss learned concepts, upcoming assignments, and offer enrichment.

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 graduate-level academic and 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. 


Jennifer Nichols
Content Specialist 

Michael Grimm
Writing Coach

Nahal Navidar
Writing Coach

Rosemarie DeMatteo
Writing Coach