The Writing Center

Online Tutoring

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Using our Online Writing Lab (OWL), you can receive written feedback on a draft from a Writing Center tutor. With this service you can schedule an appointment for a specific time, attach a copy of your prompt and draft online, and receive feedback within an hour. This service works well for writers who aren't available to meet during our hours of operation.

While the written format doesn't allow for an extended conversation about your draft, the tutor's feedback includes the questions and observations, as well as the focus on writing strategies, that you would receive in a face-to-face session. 

To make an appointment for tutoring , go to our home page, log on to the scheduler, select the OWL schedule, and click on and reserve an appointment time. You can attach your prompt and draft when you make the appointment, or you can log on later to attach your documents using the yellow folder icon on the OWL schedule page. Your draft must be in MS Word (tutors can provide feedback on .doc or .docx documents only); your prompt may be a pdf or Word document. 

In your appointment form, please tell us

  • when the assignment is due,
  • specific areas you would like the tutor to focus on (thesis, organization, introduction or conclusion,  integration of sources, etc).

You will receive feedback within one hour of your scheduled appointment. If you have any questions, please call 703-993-1200 during our hours of operation.

 If we don't receive your draft by the time your appointment begins, your appointment will be designated a "no show" and made available to a walk-in student. If you have two no-show appointments in one semester, you will be unable to schedule appointments for the rest of that semester, although we will welcome you on a walk-in basis. 

Please remember that like face-to-face tutoring sessions, email tutoring is not about editing and proofreading. Our goal is to make you your own best editor and proofreader.

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