Writing Center Services
The Writing Center offers four types of tutoring:
The Writing Center, located in Locke 125, welcomes students for appointments Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. Students may schedule 50-minute appointments up to twice a week, during which time they can work with a tutor to discuss their writing concerns and questions. Tutors will provide feedback and offer strategies for addressing students’ writing objectives. Drop-ins are welcome, though they cannot always be accommodated. Quick questions can be addressed during drop-in hours on MWF from 11:00AM-1:00PM and on Tuesdays from 10:30AM-1:30PM.
To make an appointment, visit our calendar at writingcenter.abtech.edu, call us at (828) 398-7218, or drop by LOC-125 on the lower floor of the Don C. Locke Library.
RISE recommended sessions are available for students who need regular practice in writing fundamentals, such as grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and sentence/paragraph construction. For students who have received a grade of 69 or below on an assignment, instructors may send a RISE required form to the Writing Center to allow students to revise the paper with the intent of improving their grade while developing skills for future assignments. Both types of RISE sessions require an instructor referral. Instructors may download the RISE referral form below. To schedule a RISE session, call the Writing Center at (828) 398-7218 or visit during business hours.
Online tutoring is available throughout the academic year. During online tutoring, students will send their compositions to the Writing Center via their A-B Tech email accounts before receiving written feedback from a tutor. Students may make online submissions up to three times a week. Here is the step-by-step process for making an online submission:
- Send an email from your A-B Tech student email account to email@example.com. Please note that we cannot accept submissions from personal or business accounts.
- Enter the following phrase in the email’s subject line: “Suggestions for revising _______” (Ex. “Suggestions for revising literary analysis”). Please do not put other information in the subject line.
- In the body of the email, please list the following information:
- Your A-B Tech student ID number.
- The name and section number of the course for which you are writing. Ex. ENG 111 YD1.
- Your instructor's full name.
- Your assignment's deadline.
- Please note that submissions are processed according to time submitted NOT by the deadline.
- A focused question or two about your draft.
- Attach your draft and your instructor’s prompt as Word documents to your email. We cannot accept a summary of the assignment or other file formats, such as Google docs, Moodle links, etc.
Please note that tutors cannot edit or proofread your papers; rather, they can offer their feedback from a reader’s perspective to inform your revisions and note patterns of error in your writing. They may suggest revisions so that you can develop confidence in your own editing and proofreading skills over time.
Effective revision takes time – time to reflect on your work, plan your next draft and integrate the changes you want to make. For tutor feedback to be as helpful as possible, you need to plan your submissions so that you have enough time to receive feedback from a tutor, consider their suggestions, and make the adjustments you deem necessary. We recommend that you submit your draft for online tutoring at least 48 hours before your deadline, though allotting 72 hours or more will ensure that you have time to receive feedback and integrate thoughtful revisions to your draft.
Tutors are asked to limit online sessions to 45 minutes so they can serve as many students as possible. Identifying your main concerns or questions about your draft helps tutors provide focused feedback within that window of time.
Submissions made during regular business hours, Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, can generally expect a turnaround time of 24 to 48 hours. Drafts submitted during weekends can expect a turnaround time of 72 hours. Drafts submitted to the Writing Center within 48 hours of an assignment's deadline ARE NOT guaranteed to receive feedback prior to the due date. During busy periods, such as midterms and final exams, responses may take up to 72 hours, depending on demand. If this is the case, a banner will appear at the top of this page and the Writing Center's homepage so that students can plan their submissions accordingly.
Students enrolled in courses at other AB-Tech campuses or in online or evening classes are invited to schedule remote tutoring sessions for support at any stage of the writing process. Remote tutoring is conducted via Skype and must be scheduled by phone at least 72 hours in advance. To make arrangements for a remote session, call (828) 398-7218. Once your appointment has been scheduled, you will be directed to submit your draft online for your tutor to review. Your email should have the subject line “Skype Session for 'Your Name'" and be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is very important that your message is labeled as a Skype session so it can be directed to your tutor. When your draft has been received, you will be asked to send a Skype contact request to the AB-Tech Writing Center on Skype (username: abtechwritingcenter). You will then be ready for your Skype appointment.