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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.

*Effective Monday, November 9, 2020, we will be scheduling weekly instead of daily.  You may schedule 1 appointment per day/maximum of 3 appointments per week.


The Tutoring and Writing Centers have moved to 100% online appointments in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Online tutoring will be held in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. We recommend that you use the Google Chrome web browser. 


Hours of operation for the virtual chat room:
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

How To Request A Writing Center Tutor

  • Check the tutor’s current weekly availability 
  • Look for your course and an available appointment time
  • 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.

View this short video on using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra:

Lisa Maranto -

Tutoring Center Coordinator/
Associate Professor
Telephone: (301) 546-0082
Office: Lanham Hall 114I

Abigail Bardi -

Coordinator/Writing Center
Telephone: (301) 546-0598
Office: Lanham Hall 114I

Diane Corbin - 

Administrative Specialist
Telephone: (301) 546-0589
Office: Lanham Hall 114H

DeJuan Jones -

Scheduling Technician
Telephone: (301) 546-0711
Office: Lanham Hall 114H

Judi Singleton - 

Scheduling Technician
Telephone: (301) 546-0748
Office: Lanham Hall 114H