Writing Center

Location:

McSwain Annex Room 150

Hours:

Fall 2022 hours are as follows:

Campus HoursOnline Hours
Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.Paper drafts may be emailed to writingcenter@tricountycc.edu
Wednesday 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Students are highly encouraged to make an appointment for face-to-face Writing Center sessions. Appointments can be scheduled on the sign-up sheet outside McSwain Annex 150 or by emailing writingcenter@tricountycc.edu.

Masks and social distancing are required during face-to-face tutoring sessions.

This semester, students may also meet with a tutor virtually during the times specified above. Appointments for virtual sessions may be requested by sending an email to writingcenter@tricountycc.edu, or students may drop in the session by accessing the TCCC Online Writing Center through Moodle. Once in the course, access the session by:

  1. Clicking the Collaborate link on the main page
  2. Clicking the green “Join session” button on the next page

The Collaborate session should then load on the screen.

*If the TCCC Online Writing Center is not visible in Moodle, please email writingcenter@tricountycc.edu to request to be enrolled.

To maximize productivity during the allotted time, students may choose to email their papers to writingcenter@tricountycc.edu prior to virtual sessions so the tutor has a chance to review them; however, this is not a requirement.

Additionally, students may request written feedback by emailing the Writing Center at writingcenter@tricountycc.edu.

Our Services

  • Assist students with writing assignments, including
    • Brainstorming
    • Selecting appropriate sources for research papers
    • Documenting sources
    • Identifying and correcting major writing errors
    • Selecting appropriate organization strategies for writing assignments
  • Assist students with general academic concerns, such as study skills and note-taking strategies

What Can I Expect from a Writing Center Session?

Face-to-Face Sessions
  • Plan to spend at least 30 minutes with a tutor for most assignments.
  • Bring the course assignment, sources, and any drafts you’ve completed.
  • Make a list of questions you have.
  • Plan to visit the Writing Center early enough that you have plenty of time to revise prior to the assignment deadline.

Also feel free to drop in to the Writing Center if all you have is a quick question—such as how to document a source or how to fix an error that grammar-check has flagged.

Online Sessions

Students can ask questions of Writing Center tutors by emailing writingcenter@tricountycc.edu. Include the following in your message:

  • The course
  • A brief description of the assignment
  • Which area of the assignment you’re most concerned about (such as organization, content development, documentation of sources, etc.)
  • The deadline for the assignment (we recommend contacting the Writing Center a week prior to the deadline to ensure students have time to revise their drafts)
  • A Word-format attachment of your draft (if applicable)

Depending on the volume of students the center is helping, your message should receive a response within 1-2 days.

Online Resources

MLA

APA

Grammar and Usage

Naked Grammar - The Bare Essentials from the Grammar Mechanics Foundation (a nonprofit organization that seeks "to advance the teaching of English grammar and related English language skills through creative use of information technology").

Evaluating Sources of Information

Evaluating Information and Sources from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) - After clicking the link, access all pages of the resource by clicking the sublinks under "Evaluating Information and Sources" on the left menu.

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