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Writing Center

qcc_writing_wyvern_master_2.pngThe QCC Writing Center is ready to meet students where they are, in-person or remote!

The goal of tutoring at QCC is to engage students in the learning process and empower them to become independent, lifelong learners. Tutors support students in their coursework by working collaboratively, encouraging active learning, and modeling effective study and learning techniques.

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. In addition to one-on-one tutoring, the Writing Center offers a variety of services, including  workshops and English Conversation Sessions.The Writing Center is not a proofreading or editing service.

For Fall 2021, Writing Center tutors are available both in-person and remotely to work with student on writing and reading assignments for any course both by appointment and drop-in. See below for hours for remote and in-person tutoring and how to connect with a tutor.

The Writing Center course in Blackboard (located with your current courses) has links to: 

  • ThinkingStorm Online tutoring, where you can submit a paper and receive written feedback within 12 hours
  • Turnitin Plagiarism Checker, where you can submit a paper, detect plagiarism, get citation help, and fix other writing issues instantly
  • Online Writing Labs, where you can find handouts and videos on a variety of college writing concerns
  • QCC Writing Center Handouts
  • Blackboard and QCC IT Help

You are also welcome to email wcinfo [at] qcc.mass.edu for assistance or with any questions.

QCC Writing Center Fall 2021

In-Person or Remote Appointments

Monday through Friday: 10:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

(Appointments are encouraged, Drop-ins are also welcome during these hours if a tutor is available.)

In-Person or Remote Drop-in Hours (no appointment needed) 

  • Monday through Thursday: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (remote and in-person)
  • Friday: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (remote only)
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (remote only)

For an Appointment In-Person or over Zoom: 

Email wcinfo [at] qcc.mass.edu with the following information: 

  • Your name and student ID number
  • Your professor’s name
  • Your course name and number
  • A brief description of your assignment
  • Your preferred date and time

We will confirm your appointment date and time with an email, which will include the name of your tutor and a Zoom link (if remote).

Be prepared to share the assignment instructions and your writing in-person or over Zoom. If you prefer, you can email a copy of your assignment and anything you have written to wcinfo [at] qcc.mass.edu before your appointment. 

Appointments can be made for the same day. We can’t guarantee your requested day and time, but we will do our best!

For In-Person Drop-In Writing Help:

Visit Room 208 in the Harrington Learning Center

For Drop-in Writing Help over Blackboard Collaborate: 

  • Using Chrome, Log in to The Q.
  • Log in to Blackboard.
  • Click on the Writing Center course (found with your current courses).
  • On the menu to the left, under QCC Drop-in Writing Center, click on “Join a Drop-in Writing Help Session.”
  • Find the Drop-in Writing Help for that date and time.
  • Live sessions will show up as “In Progress.”
  • Click on the three dots to the right of the session title.
  • Collaborate will ask you to check your microphone and camera; make sure the microphone and camera icons at the bottom of the page are unclicked, so we can see and hear you.
  • You are in! Click on the Raise Hand icon to let a tutor know you have joined the session.
  • A tutor will greet and assist you.
  • If you have trouble logging in to a session or have any questions, email wcinfo [at] qcc.mass.edu or call 508.854.7488.

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 drop-in basis or by appointment. Study skills tutoring is available by appointment only. Sessions typically last from half an hour to an hour.

QCC Writing Center hours and how to connect with a tutor

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 email wcinfo [at] qcc.mass.edu.

Drop-in Group Grammar and Usage Workshops

Students interested in improving their sentence-writing skills will work together and with the manager of the Writing Center to understand concepts and apply them to their own writing. Students should bring to the workshop examples of their writing, as well as specific questions about grammar and usage. 

English Conversation Session (by appointment)

Students interested in practicing and improving their vocabulary, pronunciation, and conversation skills in English can make an appointment for a one-on-one or small group English Conversation Session. To set up an appointment, email wcinfo [at] qcc.mass.edu. Additional resources for English Language Learners.

Reference Materials

A variety of handouts that address a number of writing, grammar, punctuation, and formatting concerns are available in the Writing Center Blackboard course located with your current Blackboard courses.

For assistance with the English portion of the Placement Test, visit our Placement Test Study Materials page.