What is the Campus Writing Center? Who can use it?
The Writing Center is a FREE resource that
provides QCC students with tutoring assistance for writing-related assignments.
Any current student can use our services. The only assignments we cannot help
you with are those for Academic Literacy (BE) courses, because that program
provides its own tutors. Please contact the
English Department for information about tutoring for BE
courses. For help understanding the CONTENT of your courses, like Biology
or History, please check out the
Student Learning Center and other
QCC Learning Resources.
Where is the Campus Writing Center located, and when are you open?
The Campus Writing Center is located on the
first floor of the Library Building, in room L-118. See our
flyer for a map and current hours. During the fall and spring
semesters, our hours are:
Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Writing Center follows the QCC academic calendar. Thus, we are closed on
holidays when the college is closed. When classes are moved to another day of
the week (when Tuesday classes follow a Friday schedule, for example), Writing
Center hours and services are also shifted for that day.
How will a tutoring session help me?
Writing Center tutors meet one-on-one with
students for 50 minutes. We can work on any aspect of your writing or
writing-related assignment together, at any stage of the writing process—from
brainstorming, to research, to organizing a draft, to citations.
How can I sign up for a tutoring session?
There are three ways to meet with a Campus
Writing Center tutor:
Walk-in tutoring: The most popular option. No
appointment necessary! Just visit us at L-118 during our operating hours, and
we will match you with the next available tutor on a first-come, first-served
One-time appointments: Call us at 718-631-6663
or stop by L-118, and reserve a tutor for a specific day and time (up to a week
Weekly appointments: Meet with the same tutor
at the same time each week for the entire semester. To set up a weekly
appointment, call us at 718-631-6663 or stop by L-118, or click
Can I get tutoring online?
Yes! We also provide online assistance on paper
drafts 24/7 through Tiger Write, our
e-tutoring system. While not as interactive as a face-to-face session
in the Writing Center, this is a good option if you are unable to visit us in
person and want feedback on a full or partial draft of your paper.
What if I’m late or can’t make my tutoring appointment?
If you need to cancel your appointment, please
try to call us at 718-631-6663 to let us know. If you are more than 10 minutes
late for your appointment, your reserved tutor may be asked to help another
student. You can still come in and see if a walk-in session is available,
How often can I come to the Writing Center?
There is usually no limit to the number of times
you can visit the Writing Center. If you wish to have a second session in the
same day, we will ask that you work on your assignment on your own for at least
½ hour before starting another tutoring session.
What kind of assignments can you help with?
We can work with you on ANY writing-related
assignment (except for BE courses). While students often visit us with papers
for English and Writing-Intensive (WI) classes, we see many writing assignments
for subjects like Speech, Nursing, Criminology, and Psychology, too. You don’t
even need an assignment to come into the Writing Center! You can also visit us
for writing feedback on resumes, and for application essays for scholarships
and four-year schools. Additionally, you are welcome to visit us to work on a
general aspect of grammar or composition, like run-on sentences or verb tenses.
Do I need to have a complete draft to get tutoring?
Not at all. Many students do bring in a full or
partial draft of their papers, but we can also work with you at ANY stage of
your assignment, from brainstorming and research to final revisions. Need help
understanding the assignment guidelines, or narrowing your topic or thesis?
Want feedback on your outline or first few paragraphs? Are you wondering if
your paper’s citations are in correct MLA or APA style? We can help!
Will you edit or proofread my paper?
Writing Center tutors will help STUDENTS learn
to edit and proofread their own papers. It won’t be perfect the first time, but
with practice, students will find that they become more confident and skilled
in correcting their own writing. As a learning center, we focus on helping YOU
develop, improve, and polish your own writing. Thus, we cannot simply “fix”
your paper for you. Also, keep in mind that if you have a very long paper—or if
your writing has many different kinds of language errors—it might take several
tutoring sessions to work through the entire draft and discuss the most
What happens in a tutoring session?
After you check in with our front desk and sit
down with a tutor, you and your tutor will discuss where you are at with your
assignment and what aspect of it you would like to focus on in that session.
The tutor might ask you several questions, and then skim your assignment sheet
and/or paper draft (if you have one), to suggest the best use of your time
together. Then, you’ll get to work! If you would like to use one of our
wireless laptops during your session, let your tutor know. Students often find
this resource helpful for researching, printing, and saving their work without
having to leave the table. To keep the 50-minute session centered on YOUR ideas
and YOUR learning, we usually stick to just one or two aspects of the
paper/assignment. Unless you have a strong preference for what you would like
the session to focus on (and if your instructor hasn’t asked you to work on a
specific skill), your tutor will think through our “First Things First”
approach in deciding what feedback will be most beneficial for you:
Is there a difference between what was assigned and what was
written? Do you follow all parts of the assignment?
Is the writing well organized? Does it have an identifiable
beginning and end? Is there a logical progression of ideas?
Does each paragraph have a clear topic/topic sentence? Do you
adequately develop/support the main idea? Do you repeat yourself?
Do you cite your sources correctly? Do the quotations work for
or against your purpose?
Are the sentence-level grammar and mechanics (e.g., word
choice, parts of speech, subject-verb agreement, punctuation, spelling)
Of course, YOUR learning is our main priority,
so do not be shy about telling your writing tutor what you need most from your
What should I bring to my tutoring session?
In addition to your QCC student ID, please
bring: your paper draft (if you have one) as a printout or on a flash drive;
your assignment sheet or syllabus; other course materials or textbooks you
might need during the session; any feedback you’ve already received from your
instructor; and paper and a pen/pencil for taking notes. Also, think ahead
about which aspects of your paper draft or assignment YOU believe are most
important to work on first.
Are Campus Writing Center tutors QCC students?
Our highly trained staff includes a diverse
range of writing tutors, from academically strong QCC students to current
Queens College upperclassmen and local graduate students. Additionally, many of
our tutors have completed B.A. and M.A. degrees in fields such as English and
Education, and some of them are also part-time instructors at QCC and other New
How can I become a tutor?
Thanks for your interest in joining our tutoring
staff! See our
Job Opportunities section for the job requirements and application
I qualify to take a CATW test-prep workshop. How can I sign
register for a CATW workshop, please click
I’m a QCC instructor. Can I bring my class to the Campus
Our in-center class visits are very popular with
English and Writing-Intensive classes. Available for one- or two-hour
increments during regular Writing Center hours, class visits must be arranged
in advance with Joe Labozzetta,
our full-time tutor coordinator. Call 6663 to learn more. We can also
arrange to have a Writing Center representative visit your class to give a
short overview of our services and distribute flyers.
As an instructor, can I require one (or all) of my students
to visit the Campus Writing Center?
We are here to support your students as writers,
whether it is just one or two individuals or the entire class. To refer a
student to us to work on specific skills, you might consider using our referral
form. If you are requiring all of your students to visit us, it would be
helpful if you e-mail Joe
Labozzetta with a heads-up and a copy of the assignment (including due
dates). Please keep in mind that students need to visit us BEFORE the day the
assignment is due, in order to have an effective tutoring session and to leave
time to revise their drafts.