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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.

Online Tutoring Options

While students are welcome to come to the Writing Center when it is open, we recognize that not all of TTC’s students are in a position to do so. During Fall 1, we will be working strictly online.

Please note that ENG 101 students are required to engage in at least two tutoring sessions while they take that course. After tutors complete a session, they will file a report, which instructors are then able to access.

Students may complete a tutoring session in one of the three following formats. 

Chat— This is our instant chat feature, and it works well with very specific questions. As students visit the Center’s webpage, a blue chat box will pop up in the bottom-right corner of the screen. (The box will say “The Writing Center Is Online” or “The Writing Center Is Offline.”) During open hours, a typical response time is five minutes. If a message is sent after hours, a tutor will reply within 48 hours (except for Sunday).

Students can ask any questions about writing. If a student asks a series of questions about their draft or writing (i.e. a conversation is had with the tutor, not merely a question or two), that will count as one session.

Email— If students need more in-depth assistance or feedback on their draft, sending an email to 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 should be sure to include a few specific questions or concerns they have about their draft. Questions such as "How can I strengthen or make my thesis statement clearer?" or "Have I used in-text citations correctly?" allow our tutors to provide more concrete feedback. Students will receive a response within 48 hours (except for Sunday). That response counts as one session.

Tutoring sessions are designed to help students move forward with their thinking about a topic, to help them revise their work, and to help them identify issues related to proofreading. This requires that students submit their paper to the Writing Center with enough lead time (preferably a few days before it is due) so that the tutor has time to thoughtfully read the paper and respond, and the student has time to make any necessary changes to the draft. The tutor needs enough time to respond to the draft, and the student should also allow time allow time to make any changes they needed to the draft.

Virtual— Students will use Navigate to make appointments. Appointments can be made with at least 24 hours’ notice and can be made up to seven days in advance. 

Students should be sure to send their assignment instructions and draft to their tutor 24 hours before their appointment. At the meeting, students will be able to review their draft and discuss any questions or concerns with the tutor.

An online tutoring session may last from 15 minutes to one hour. (The session must last 15 minutes to count toward the ENG 101 requirement.)

To make an appointment:

  1. Go to
  2. Log in (with Portal ID).
  3. Click on Appointments in left-hand menu.
  4. Click Schedule an Appointment. 
  5. Reason—Tutoring and Student Resource Center.
  6. Click Answer next question.
  7. For Writing Center 
  8. Choose Virtual Appointment.
  9. Click Done for Reason.
  10. Choose location (Writing Center, Thornley Campus, 510/137).
  11. Choose tutor (choose name).
  12. See available times, choose time and day, and save appointment.
  13. Please include any specific concerns about your draft on the form, or you can include them in the email you send to the tutor with your draft and assignment instructions prior to the appointment.  
  14. Confirm appointment.  

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.