Online Tutoring

Online Tutoring

You can make an appointment to receive written feedback on a draft from a Writing Center tutor. To take advantage of this service, you schedule an appointment for a specific time, attach a copy of your prompt and draft to your appointment form, 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 or real-time video session. Tutors can usually provide feedback on 5 - 7 double-spaced pages, depending on the stage of the draft, the complexity of the content, and the issues you've asked them to address.

To make an appointment for tutoring , go to our home page, log in to the scheduler, and select an appointment slot. You can attach your prompt and draft when you make the appointment, or you can log in later to attach your documents to the appointment form. Your draft must be in MS Word (tutors can provide feedback on .doc or .docx documents only).

In your appointment form, please tell us

  • when the assignment is due,
  • specific areas you would like the tutor to focus on 

You will receive feedback within one hour of your scheduled appointment. If you have any questions, please email us at wcenter@gmu.edu, or watch our video explaining how to make an appointment and attach your files.

 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.