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Academic Writing Center

The Academic Writing Center connects students with trained peer tutors who specialize in writing skills. Writing tutors provide assistance on papers in the English language for most non-science and non-business undergraduate courses. Topics writing coaches can collaborate with you on include content, paper organization, grammar rules, formulating ideas for topics, and more.

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Fall 2020

Writing Coaches will be available this semester with virtual appointments. Individual tutoring sessions can be scheduled in Accudemia and are held over Zoom. Learn more about the virtual peer tutoring schedule and procedures on the Remote Peer Tutoring Procedures webpage.

Policies & Procedures

Content Tutors Cover

The Writing Center is not a proofreading service.

Writing Center tutors do not review/edit the following:

  • Essays written for Graduate/Professional classes, conferences, or publications
  • Master’s or Doctoral theses
  • Articles written for publication in the Hullabaloo, Gambit, Offbeat, etc.
  • Graduate School Application essays
  • Personal statements

For résumés, cover letters, and other career-related writing, connect with the NTC Career Services team.

NTC Career Services

Booking a Tutor

All Tutoring is by appointment only.  Appointments must be scheduled through the Accudemia scheduling portal. 

You must schedule appointments at least 48 hours in advance, and tutors in high demand subjects such as Chemistry and Calculus book up quickly, so plan ahead.

Peer Tutoring Format

Tutoring appointments are 30 minutes long.  You can schedule up to five sessions over two weeks for any subject, and you can schedule appointments back-to-back.

All tutoring sessions are held at the ALTC Learning Studio located in the Science & Engineering Lab Complex, Building #14, Room 105. Its entrance faces Flower Hall. Peer tutors make every effort to stay on schedule, so please plan on arriving a few minutes early. When you come to the Learning Studio, come in and check in with the desk attendant who will point out your tutor and show you where to wait if you are early.  Grab a cup of tea or coffee from our free coffee bar while you wait. 

New Tutees

Complete assignments ahead of time, and come prepared with specific questions or problem. Bring your instructor’s e-mail address, a printed copy of your essay, and. all materials related to the assignment (the assignment prompt, comments from the instructor, drafts, notes, peer review sheets, etc.).

No Show & Cancellations

You must cancel your appointment through the Accudemia App at least 24 hours in advance.  Contact your tutor to see if you can reschedule your appointment instead. There is a $20 no-show fee for any appointment canceled less than 24 hours in advance.  

You can join a waitlist for a tutoring time slot.  If the time slot becomes available, everyone on the waitlist will be notified, and the time slot will be awarded on a first-click, first-scheduled basis.  If you are trying to book a waitlist appointment and it isn't working- someone else has beaten you to it.  Appointments are held on the waitlist for 4 hours and then released for general scheduling.

We try very hard to not cancel scheduled appointments, but sometimes the unavoidable happens.  If we must cancel your appointment we will try and reschedule you with another tutor, if one is available.

Becoming a Tutor

The ALTC provides almost 100 peer tutoring job opportunities for students to build leadership skills and develop relationships with peers, faculty and staff. Learn more about this opportunity on the Student Success Student Leadership webpage.


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