The Writing Center offers one-to-one assistance to help writers improve their skills at any stage of the writing process. Because the Writing Center is not an editing service or meant to replace the instructor, we strive to help the writer, not just the writing. For this reason, tutors do not revise, edit, or proofread; instead, they encourage and empower students to look for and correct their own errors and develop their ideas. Students may request to have a summary of the session sent to their instructor. The summary notes the starting point of the session, what was covered, and what steps the tutor recommended to the student.
The Writing Center is pleased to offer the services of both professional and peer tutors.
- Professional tutors include current or former instructors who have earned graduate degrees in English or related subject areas.
- Peer tutors include current or former undergraduate students who are working on or have earned Associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees in English or related subject areas.
A free service, the Writing Center is available to all students, staff, and faculty, as well as former Owens students who have an OCID number. Tutors are also available to help with resumes and other materials.
Referring students to the Writing Center can help instructors receive more clearly and skillfully written assignments, allowing them to spend more time with students on course-related material rather than working on the writing process.
We support all writing needs. Tutors work one-to-one with students, asking Socratic questions to help students find their own answers. Tutors also help students with basic computer questions, such as formatting their documents in MLA or APA style.
Facilities to support writing needs include the following items:
- Dictionaries, thesauruses, handbooks, and texts used in writing courses
- Handouts about MLA and APA documentation and more
- Handouts to help students at each stage of the process (developing a thesis, outlining, etc.)
- Handout on resumes and cover letters
As part of Owens Community College’s membership in the Ohio eTutoring Collaborative, we are also able to provide free online tutoring services to students in traditional land-based courses or online courses outside of the normal operating hours of our land-based centers. They can access these services by clicking on the “Student Resources” tab in their Blackboard courses.
Many types of writing help are available to students through this service. For example, students can upload their papers for review, after which they will receive comprehensive written feedback from a qualified eTutor belonging to the Ohio eTutoring Collaborative. Students are also able to post questions that do not require immediate feedback. Additionally, students gain access to electronic academic resources through the eTutoring website.
Orientations providing a brief (10 to 15-minute) introduction to our services can be requested for your class. We will give students bookmarks and explain how we can help them to strengthen their writing.
- Bring your students into the Writing Center for an orientation so they experience the relaxed, supportive atmosphere.
- Schedule a short presentation in your classroom.
If you would like to schedule an orientation, please contact the Writing Center at (567) 661-7351 for presentations on the Toledo-area campus or at the Downtown Toledo Learning Center, or (567) 429-3628 for presentations on the Findlay-area campus.
Encourage students to use the Writing Center by recommending our services in your syllabi.
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The Writing Center
The Writing Center, located in 1123 Founders Hall, offers individualized, out-of-class assistance to students at any stage of the writing process. The center also offers tutoring in study skills. Tutors are available on a walk-in basis. Call (567) 661-7351 with questions.
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