Traditional Tutoring

The Writing Center offers:

  • One-on-one interaction with a qualified peer tutor or English instructor
  • Help with brainstorming or outlining
  • Help with large-scale revisions, like organization and development, and small-scale revisions, like style and sentence structure
  • Help with grammar and punctuation
  • Help with MLA, APA, AAA, or Chicago documentation
  • Help with scholarship or university applications
  • Help with resumes and cover letters
  • Many handouts on numerous essay and writing subjects
  • English Language Learners Conversation Partners
  • Quick Query email service for simple questions
  • Online help for online students
  • As many sessions as the student desires throughout the semester

What goes on during a tutoring session?

  • One-on-one interaction with a peer tutor or instructor
  • If you need help with an essay, the tutor will 1) read the essay, 2) identify areas for improvement, and 3) suggest revisions and corrections

If you need help starting an essay, the tutor/instructor will

  • Help you understand the assignment and expectations
  • Help create an outline
  • Help brainstorm new angles and ideas
  • Help organize thoughts and ideas

What should I bring to the session?

  • Copy of the assignment sheet from instructor stating the expectations for the assignment
  • Copy of the essay draft or any other materials. (We prefer hard copies, so please print before your session. Quick print stations are available in the Learning Commons.)
  • Writing utensils
  • Paper

Make an appointment here. Walk-ins are also welcome when tutors are free.

The Writing Center is staffed each semester with English faculty and qualified peer and professional tutors.

Current Tutors

  • Nora Villarreal, English Instructor and Writing Center Director
  • Dr. Jean Forst, Visiting English Professor
  • Betsy Sobin, Former Reading and English Instructor and professional tutor
  • Rose Galloway, Reading Instructor and professional tutor
  • Kathryn Gibbs, English and Reading Instructor (Ottawa Center tutor)
  • Jane Stevenor, English Instructor and professional tutor
  • Paul Butler, Speech Instructor and professional tutor
  • Hannah M., student tutor
  • Bryanna H., student tutor
  • Damien L., student tutor
  • Lauren G., student tutor
  • Billy F., student tutor
  • Kali G., student tutor