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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 Center offers a variety of services, including writing and grammar workshops, English Conversation Sessions, 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. Study skills tutoring is available by appointment only. Sessions typically last from half an hour to an hour.

Tutoring for Study Skills (by appointment)

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]

Writing, Reading, and Study Skills Workshops

Fall and Spring semesters, 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’ Academic Skills Workshops.

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. The November workshops are on Wednesday, November 6 at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, November 21 at 1:30 p.m. in the Writing Center.

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, stop by the Writing Center or contact the Center via phone 508.854.7488 or email wcinfo [at] 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 at the Center. Writing workbooks and handbooks are also available for student use.

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

Blackboard Help

Tutors in the Writing Center can assist students with navigating Blackboard and answer questions about submitting assignments, checking grades, etc. The QCC Help page has technical help resources available online for students 24/7.

Tutoring in Southbridge

Tutoring for reading, writing,and study skills is available at our Southbridge location in room 102 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.