The Writing Center is a tutoring and student resource center for writing, as well as those skills integral to the writing process, including reading comprehension, critical thinking, planning, and organization. Students can work with a tutor on their writing, reading, and study skills for any course. Tutors can also assist students with any ESL course, as well as HUM 101 and SPH 101. In addition to one-on-one tutoring, the Center offers a variety of services, including writing and grammar workshops, English Conversation Groups, and writing reference guides. The Writing Center is not a proofreading or editing service.
Resources for Students
Tutoring for Writing and Reading
The Writing Center tutors work collaboratively with students to improve their skills and aid them in becoming more accomplished and confident writers, readers, and college students. Tutors can assist students with writing assignments for any course and can help at any point in the writing process. Tutors are also available to help students with reading strategies. They can also assist with organizing and documenting speeches and presentations. Writing and reading tutoring is available on a walk-in basis or by appointment. Sessions typically last from half an hour to an hour.
Tutoring for Study Skills
Study Skills tutors are available to work with students on a variety of skills important to college success, such as goal setting, time management, note taking, and test taking. Study Skills tutoring is by appointment only. To set up an appointment, stop by the Writing Center or contact the Center via phone 508.854.7488 or email wcinfo [at] qcc.mass.edu.
Writing, Reading, and Study Skills Workshops
In Fall semester, the Writing Center offers a series of free writing workshops on a variety of topics important to successful college writing, reading, and study skills. These workshops are included in the Tutoring Centers’ Steps to Success Workshops.
English Conversation Groups
Students interested in practicing and improving their vocabulary, pronunciation, and conversation skills in English can participate in the Center's English Conversation Groups. These drop-in tutor-led groups meet in the Center and usually last one hour.
A variety of handouts that address a number of writing, grammar, punctuation, and formatting concerns are available at the Center. Writing workbooks and handbooks are also available for student use.
For assistance with the English portion of the Accuplacer, visit our Accuplacer Test Study Materials page.
Tutoring in Southbridge and Downtown
Tutoring for reading, writing,and study skills is available at our Southbridge location in room 102 and our Downtown Campus in room 287 during Fall and Spring semesters. For assistance during summer sessions, students can access Smarthinking, free online tutoring for currently enrolled QCC students. A link to Smarthinking is located in your course Blackboard shell.