The Writing Center is a free service available to the entire Motlow community. We support a dedicated team of tutors who are attentive and knowledgeable so they can provide exceptional guidance with any project at any stage of the writing process including brainstorming for an English essay, revising a lab report, or polishing a cover letter for a job application. Our ultimate goal is to expand across all campuses in order to provide a unique service to a growing and diverse population and to help our clients become more confident, competent writers.
On three of the Motlow campuses, the Writing Center is located in the library!
Hours vary by campus and semester. The best way to see available times on your campus is to log in to our online scheduler.
How do I make an appointment? You can make an appointment using our online scheduler. First time? Check out our step-by-step Making an Appointment Video.
We welcome walk-ins, but the Writing Center can be a very busy place! The best way to make sure a tutor will be available is to make an appointment in advance.
The very best writing is the product of a recursive writing process that proceeds through multiple drafts, and this takes time. This means that you should try to avoid scheduling a session on the very same day your essay is due! Making an appointment a few days or even a whole week in advance of your due date will ensure you have enough time to revise and polish your work based on tutor feedback. If we can't cover everything in one session, we are more than happy to schedule follow-up appointments for the same assignment. Note: because our tutoring is a finite resource, students are limited to 15 visits per semester.
All you need to do is login to the appointment scheduler and cancel your appointment. Please feel free to reschedule it for another time. There is no penalty for cancelation. If, however, you do not cancel your appointment and fail to show up, the appointment will be marked as a no-show. After three no-shows, students cannot make additional appointments in the online scheduler, though they are welcome to use the Writing Center on a walk-in basis.
All Writing Center appointments start on the hour and last 50 minutes. Because we are in the business of creating better writers — not just better essays — you will always maintain ownership of your own work. Tutors will not write or edit any section of your assignment for you. Tutors will work with you to revise and edit your assignment by listening, asking questions, making suggestions, and providing helpful resources. We'll also make sure that you leave your session with a concrete revision plan.
Bring your draft and the assignment prompt. It may also be helpful to bring your syllabus, class notes, and any previous drafts or research materials. Note: for either type of online appointment, plan to upload both your draft and the prompt!
Yes! In addition to traditional face-to-face tutoring sessions, we offer two online tutoring options: eTutoring and Live Online tutoring. You can learn more about these in our Making an Appointment Video.
You can email the Writing Center Coordinator at email@example.com.
The Writing Center will continue to operate entirely online during the Spring 2021 semester. Although we are not on campus, you can still interact with tutors in real-time by booking a Live Online appointment (our video chat option). If you prefer asynchronous, written feedback, you can book an eTutoring appointment, upload your writing assignment and prompt, and receive tutor comments via email.
Motlow State Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity or national origin, sex, disability, age status as a protected veteran or any other class protected by Federal or State laws and regulations and by Tennessee Board of Regents policies with respect to employment, programs, and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquires regarding non-discrimination policies: Barbara Scales firstname.lastname@example.org,5002 Motlow College Blvd. Smyrna, TN 37167, 615-220-7976.