As part of Mason's Safe Return to Campus Plan, all classes and associated instructional activities—including final exams—will be conducted virtually beginning November 30, while most campus facilities will remain open. Visit Mason’s Safe Return to Campus Plan for COVID-19 updates.
You can meet with your tutor in real time on Zoom. You and your tutor can converse and see one another, and you'll share your screen, so you can both view and discuss your draft. Video tutorials begin on the half hour and are 45 minutes long, including time spent on technology set-up.
In a video tutoring session, you and your tutor will review the assignment, read the piece of writing, set goals for the session, have a conversation about your work, and work on strategies for effective writing. You will leave the session with a plan for moving forward.
To take advantage of video tutoring, you'll need a quiet place where your talking won't disturb others, a computer running a recent version of Windows or Mac OS, and a mic, a webcam, speakers, and a fast, reliable internet connection.
Before your appointment
Watch our video (3:30 minutes), which shows you how to make, prepare for, and join a video appointment.
Please make sure your microphone and speakers or headphones are set up and working.
Open your professor’s prompt and the paper you wish to discuss.
About five minutes before the start of your appointment, your tutor will email you with all the information you need to join the online session they have set up.
Your tutor will wait for 10 minutes for you to join the session. If you do not join the session by then, the tutor will terminate the session and mark the appointment as a no-show. After 2 no show appointments, you will not be able to make further appointments for the rest of the semester, and your existing appointments will be canceled.
We require writers to use a computer or a tablet with a keyboard for video tutorials.
Video conferences cannot be converted to email tutoring appointments. If the technology does not work, writers will need to make another appointment for tutoring.