The Write Spot offers writing tutoring to students and now is moving to entirely online.
Our tutors at the Write Spot will work with students through all the stages in the writing process: invention, writing, and revision. We will not edit your paper, though, if you are just looking for a quick fix. Rather, we discuss problem areas with you and will show you how to fix things on your own.
- For the rest of Spring 2020 all Write Spot sessions will be conducted through a combination of a Zoom meeting and a shared Google doc. You’ll soon get used to these sessions and will find them very helpful.
- NOTE: The first time you connect to a Write Spot tutoring session online, you may have some technical problems to solve before the tutor can move on to discussing your writing assignment. Allow for a 30 minute tutoring session whenever you begin the connection process. You may need to have multiple tutoring sessions for an assignment.
- NOTE: These directions assume you have a smartphone or a laptop. Further, you’ll need a Zoom account and a Google account. If you need to create a Zoom or Google account, do so before you connect to a tutor.
To get writing tutoring, follow these steps:
- On your phone or laptop, open the document you want help with; if you haven’t started yet and just need assistance getting started, we can help with that too.
- Check the Write Spot schedule. We start again on March 30.
- When a tutor is available, email Writespot@swau.edu and let a tutor know you are ready for a tutoring session. Be patient and monitor your email to hear back from a tutor. The tutor might be conducting another session, but will get back with you soon. The tutor will email a link to a Zoom meeting AND a link to a Google doc. Make sure you see both links in the email reply from the tutor.
- Click on the Zoom link and begin your tutoring session. A report of your session will be sent to your professor.
The Write Spot is an exceptional tutoring service provided by the English Department, available to students of all academic disciplines. To request a tutoring session, report to the front desk of the library during scheduled tutoring hours (see below) and sign in with a library staff member.
No appointments necessary! Then, simply walk in. Our tutors, trained English majors and experienced faculty writers, are at your service!
Located on the ground floor of the Chan Shun Centennial Library, the Write Spot is generally open both daytime and evening hours, but varies based on the day of the week. Due to COVID - 19, services are online for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Tutors are trained to assist students at all stages of the writing process, including:
- Understanding assignment requirements
- Brainstorming ideas
Tutors can also provide help with documentation and some citation styles (mainly MLA and APA).
Tutors are here to help students through their own writing processes; we will not invent, write, or edit papers for students. We also cannot be a substitute for discipline-specific writing instruction. When your assignment requires writing methods or styles that are VERY discipline specific, we advise you to work with your instructor to understand the specific assignment requirements BEFORE you visit us. (It is helpful to remember that, even within a given discipline, various professors prefer certain writing styles.) That said, we are happy to assist you with any writing project, whether you are writing an essay for your religion class, a research paper for biology, or a personal memoir.
Whatever you are working on, we simply request that you bring your assignment guidelines from your instructor, so we can help you write your best response for the assignment’s particular audience and purpose.
Thanks for helping us help you. We look forward to serving you in the Write Spot.