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The Writing Center

The Writing Center on Thornley Campus offers in-person, drop-in tutoring and online tutoring via email and Tawk/chat. These services are available for any student taking any classes at TTC. 

Tutors help students identify their strengths and weaknesses with writing and guide students toward improving their skills. Tutors do not write, edit, or proofread student papers. Writers of any level can work with a writing tutor to

  • Develop strategies for planning and organizing written work.
  • Learn to develop and clearly express ideas in writing.
  • Learn to demonstrate critical reading and thinking skills in writing.
  • Learn the conventions of academic writing.
  • Learn to recognize and correct common grammatical errors.
  • Practice proofreading techniques.
  • Learn to use MLA and APA formats correctly.
  • Improve written English language skills.
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The Writing Center tutoring program is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association International Tutor Training Program, which establishes professional standards for tutoring programs, including tutor qualifications, training and evaluation.


  • Students are welcome to come by during open hours. Call 843-574-6623 or email for current open hours.
  • Students should bring a copy of their assignment and/or draft or be able to access that information online. Tutors will need to see both in order to effectively assist the student.  Students should also know their student ID number and class section numbers. 

Online Tutoring Options

While students are welcome to come to the Writing Center, we recognize that not all of TTC’s students are in a position to do so.

We have two ways students can work with tutors. 

  • Tawk—This is our instant chat feature, and it works well with very specific questions. Students can click the green Tawk to a Tutor link on this page to instantly start the chat. During open hours, a typical response time is five minutes. If a message is sent after hours, a tutor will reply within 48 hours (excepting Sunday). 
  • Email—If students need more in-depth feedback on their draft, our email at is the way to go. Students can copy/paste their assignment instructions into the email, attach their drafts to the email as a .pdf or Word document, and bring up any questions or concerns they have about their writing. Students will receive a response within 48 hours (excepting Sunday).  

Please do not send links to Google Docs or Chromebook files.  We cannot open those.  Please send your work as a .pdf, .doc, .docx, or .rtf. 


APA and MLA Formatting

Citing Your Research--MLA
In-text Citations MLA and APA
MLA Format Works Cited Templates
APA Format Guidelines and References Page
APA Format for Nursing Students
Quotes and Paraphrasing

Grammar and Punctuation

8 Parts of Speech
4 Types of Sentences
Types of Sentences Worksheet
Passive and Active Voice
Subject-Verb (S/V) Agreement
Fragments and Run-On Sentences
Prepositional and Transitional Phrases
Verb Usage
Using Commas
Semicolons and Colons
Links to Grammar Exercises

Writing Academic Essays

Writing Academic Essays
Analyzing Texts
Starting a Paper
The Writing Process
Organizing Academic Essays
Thesis Statements
Topic Sentences
Audience and Tone
Peer Reviews
Proofreading and Editing
Research Essays Checklist
How to Write a History Essay
How to Write an Argument Paper

Writing Research Essays

Writing Research Essays: Getting Started (STEP 1)
Understanding the assignment, preliminary research, creating a bibliography/works cited list, developing a working thesis statement.

Writing Research Essays: Doing Research/Developing a Writing Strategy (STEP 2)
Locating sources, developing a plan for writing, locating supporting info in sources, outlining.

Writing Research Essays: MLA Format (STEP 3)
Understanding MLA format, quoting and paraphrasing, in-text citations, Works Cited page.

Writing Research Essays: Writing the Research Essay (STEP 4)
Writing the first draft, using source information, revising and editing, proofreading.

College Classwork Help

Reading College Textbooks
Annotating College Texts
Taking Lecture Notes
Useful Links for Writing and ESL assistance

Contact Info

Writing Center

Online Writing Assistance

Other Available Tutoring Services
Tutoring is also available in reading, Spanish and other disciplines within the Humanities and Social Sciences Division.

Video On Demand
Check out The Writing Center on YouTube for videos on organizing and outlining academic papers, thesis statements and more.