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For Spring 2021, the Writing Center will offer services remotely over Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate. See below for more information about how to connect with a Writing Center tutor. More resources are available to students in the Writing Center course found in your Spring 2021 Blackboard courses.

Writing tutors are available over Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate to work with you on your writing and reading assignments. You can see the tutor, speak with them, and share your paper and other resources—just like you would face-to-face in the Writing Center. We also help with transfer and scholarship essays. If you would like to ask a writing tutor a quick question about your writing or reading assignment, you can do so virtually through Blackboard Collaborate during our drop-in hours or ask a question over email at wcinfo [at] qcc.mass.edu.

QCC Writing Center Spring 2021

Appointment Hours 

  • Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

Drop-in Hours (no appointment needed) 

  • Monday and Tuesday: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday and Thursday: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
  • Friday: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

For an Appointment 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 Zoom link and the name of your tutor.

Be prepared to share the assignment instructions and your writing 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 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

Download Instructions on How to Make an Appointment or Join a Drop-in Session with a Writing Center Tutor

The Writing Center course in Blackboard 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.

For QCC updates see the Coronavirus Information Section.


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.

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.

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.