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Tutoring and Writing Centers: Writing Center

Writing Center

The Writing Center offers tutoring for all students who are working on any writing assignment in any course. Faculty tutors work with students one-on-one on all phases of the writing process.

Tutors help students generate ideas, develop and support thesis statements, organize material, integrate and document sources, and refine sentences. In addition, grammar specialists are available to address grammar and style issues at the sentence level.

CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 UPDATE

The Tutoring and Writing Centers have moved to 100% online appointments.

All tutoring has been moved online, using Blackboard Collaborate. See below for instructions on how to schedule an appointment.

APPOINTMENTS WILL BE MADE FOR THE CURRENT DAY ONLY. WE ARE UTILIZING A NEW SCHEDULING SYSTEM, SO PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH US.

Hours of operation for the virtual chat room:

Monday - Wednesday: 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Thursday: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday - Sunday: Closed

 

Message from the Coordinator

While we work to provide the best possible virtual tutoring service to all of you, we understand that there have been some connection and other system-wide issues with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra because of increased usage on the site. If you find you are unable to connect with us, please view your Prince George's Community College email for any notifications from e-Learning about Collaborate Ultra disruptions. If outages do occur rest assured we will be back with you as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We hope everyone is staying safe.

Available Services


  • The Writing Center helps with writing assignments at any stage of the writing process, in any credit course.
  • The Grammar Center helps with grammar issues in writing for any credit course.
  • The Language and Communication Center helps with courses in Speech or Language Studies.

Online tutoring will be held in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. It will utilize your computer’s microphone and camera. We recommend that you use the Google Chrome web browser. View this short video on using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra:

APPOINTMENTS WILL BE MADE FOR THE CURRENT DAY ONLY

PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH US AS THIS IS A NEW SCHEDULING SYSTEM THAT WE ARE UTILIZING.

How To Request A Writing Center Tutor


  • Please check the tutor’s current day’s availability 
  • Look for your course and an available appointment time
  • Please consider an alternate time in case your first choice is not available
  • When you are ready to make an appointment, click on this link and you will be directed to the Writing Center – CourseRoom
  • You will be asked to “Type your name to join the session as a guest.”
  • Type your name (first and last) and click “Join Session.”
  • Locate and click the “Raise hand” icon at the bottom of the screen. A moderator will answer your raised hand in the order it was received and will communicate with you in a private chat.  This may take some time, so please be patient with us.
  • Locate and click the “Open Collaborate panel” tab in the bottom right of the screen and select the “Chat” tab
  • Respond to the moderator by providing:
    • Your 7 digit student ID number
    • Your Name (first and last)
    • Your course number (e.g.EGL 1010)
    • The tutor’s name
    • The time you would like to meet (may need to provide an alternate time)
  • Upon verification and if that time is available, you will be scheduled and provided a link to your one-on-one session with the tutor.  The link is the address that you must put in your web browser to enter your tutoring appointment.  Please write this information down or copy and paste it into a new window for use at the time of your appointment.  You may then exit the scheduling session. 

How To Join Your Scheduled Writing Center Tutoring Session


  • Enter the link that you were provided in the Writing Center – CourseRoom in your web browser.
  • Please enter the session 15 minutes early. Use this time to make sure your computer’s microphone and camera are working properly. Unfortunately, we have limited technical support for these options. Please read Get Started with Collaborate Ultra for Participants for technical help.
  • You will be asked to “Type your name to join the session as a guest.”
  • Type your name and click “Join Session.”
  • You will be asked to allow use of your microphone. Click allow.
  • An audio test will be performed. Click “yes-it’s working” if the test is successful.
  • You will be asked to allow use of your camera. Click allow.
  • A video test will be performed. Click “yes-it’s working” if the test is successful.
  • You will be given the option to click “start tutorial” or “later.” Click later if you are familiar with Collaborate Ultra. Otherwise, click Start Tutorial. 
  • Please wait patiently for the tutor to join the session. 

How Can I have a Productive Writing Center Session?


Be On Time

  • Tutoring sessions are scheduled by appointment for thirty minutes on the hour and half-hour 
  • If you are more than ten minutes late, you will forfeit your appointment

State Your Needs Clearly

  • Identify what you would like to accomplish in your tutoring session
  • For example, do you need help:
    • clarifying the assignment?
    • developing a thesis?
    • organizing your ideas?
    • investigating your topic?
    • documenting sources?
  • Plan ahead so you know what your goals are for the session

Have Your Materials Ready

  • Be prepared to show the tutor a written description of your assignment.
  • If your instructor has not provided one, please request one prior to arriving.
  • Be prepared to upload whatever written work you have completed, corrected to the best of your ability. Please save your document as a PDF.
  • In addition, bring your textbook, handouts, and any other materials you may need during the tutoring session.
  • Be prepared to upload whatever written work you have completed, corrected to the best of your ability.

  • Please save your Word document as a PDF. To save as a PDF, In your document:

    • click “File”

    • click “Save As”

    • click “Browse”

    • click the drop down menu next to “Save as type”

    • select “PDF (*.pdf)”

    • click “Save” to save your document

    • You can also watch this short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2Yl_3szdxQ

Allow Enough Time for Revision

  • Good writing requires rewriting.
  • Be sure to schedule your appointment well ahead of the due date so you have time to rework your paper.
  • You may want to allow enough time for a follow-up session to go over the changes you make.

Be Open to Suggestions

  • Your tutor knows that the writing process can be frustrating, and wants to be helpful.
  • Listen with an open mind.

FAQS


  • Who are the Writing Center tutors?
    • Tutors at the Writing Center are faculty with many years of experience dealing with writing.
  • Do you take drop-ins? 
    • When we have openings, we take drop-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Do you tutor classes other than English?
    • Yes, we will help with any writing assignment for any credit class.
  •  Can you help with a scholarship application essay?
    • Yes.
  • Will you proofread my paper?
    • We are not an editing/proofreading service. We will work with you to identify problems so you can improve your writing.

Do you offer any other kinds of online tutoring?


Yes, we offer tutoring via email: 

 

  • Send your question or paper to writingcenter@pgcc.edu, using your PGCC email account.
  • Please do not send attachments; cut and paste your message into the email.

What We Do


  • Help you improve your writing process
  • Act as readers
  • Stimulate ideas
  • Help you present your information
  • Teach you to become a better writer
  • Care about your writing

What We Don't Do


  • Write your paper
  • Proofread your paper
  • Dictate your session
  • Research your paper
  • Predict grades

Lisa Maranto -

Tutoring Center Coordinator/
Associate Professor
Telephone: (301) 546-0082
Email: marantlk@pgcc.edu
Office: Lanham Hall 114I

Abigail Bardi -

Coordinator/Writing Center
Telephone: (301) 546-0598
Email: BARDIAR@pgcc.edu
Office: Lanham Hall 114I

Diane Corbin - 

Administrative Specialist
Telephone: (301) 546-0589
Email: corbindj@pgcc.edu
Office: Lanham Hall 114H

DeJuan Jones -

Scheduling Technician
Telephone: (301) 546-0711
Email: jonesdc1@pgcc.edu
Office: Lanham Hall 114H

Judi Singleton - 

Scheduling Technician
Telephone: (301) 546-0748
Email: singlejf@pgcc.edu
Office: Lanham Hall 114H