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COVID-19 Reopening Updates

  The Learning Commons has begun reopening to visitors. For more information, please check our full COVID service adaptations.

Summer Writing Tutoring: Drop In

Drop In Tutoring: Drop in to receive writing assistance, ask a quick question, or study with friends. Click on the purple Drop-in Tutoring button. You will be placed in a waiting room in Zoom, and the host tutor will admit you. Drop-in sessions are limited to 30 minutes. 

Drop In Tutoring button

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Need help when SMCC Writing Center tutors are not available? Click here to connect with Smarthinking online tutoring.

Summer Writing Tutoring: Kate

Kate W: Synchronous ("live") Writing Tutoring. Kate will meet you one-one in Zoom to review  your document in real time. Instructions will be included in your confirmation email after you book an appointment. 

 

 

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Summer Writing Tutoring: Anna

Anna M: Asynchronous & Synchronous (online) Writing Tutoring. Select asynchronous tutoring to submit an essay for review. Anna will comment on and provide feedback within 24 hours. There is no live Zoom session for this type of assistance. Online tutoring occurs in Zoom. Instructions will be included in your confirmation email after you book an appointment. 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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How to be prepared to visit the Writing Center

The Writing Center offers drop-in assistance from faculty and trained peer tutors. Come prepared with the following to have a productive session:

  • A copy of your assignment or syllabus
  • The due date of the assignment
  • An electronic copy of your document
  • An idea of your concerns (planning, thesis, organization, content, citation, grammar)
  • A question you have for the tutor
  • Your student ID

Remember to give yourself at least 24 hours to make revisions! Writing tutors may not work on same-day due date assignments. 

Consider completing a Writing Preparation form prior to your session (downloadable below). This will save you time!

The Writing Center's Main Work Area

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About the Writing Center

We want you to leave your tutoring session knowing more about writing than you did when you came in. We do not simply want you to earn a better grade on a particular paper; our goal is for you to become a better writer.

The Writing Center provides assistance with writing assignments from all courses, not just English. All SMCC students are welcome to drop in for a 30-minute session with a peer or faculty tutor who will get you on course to revise your draft and improve your writing. We will discuss the ideas you are trying to get across, while paying attention to thesis clarity, logical organization of ideas, and different ways to structure sentences.

Writing Center Reopening

COVID-19 Closure - Reopening & Service Updates

7/8/21: The SMCC Learning Commons, including the Writing Center, has begun the process of reopening and providing some in-person services to current SMCC community members. The following list is an overview of current offerings. Please check back regularly for updates and additional information.

  • At this time, we are providing service only for SMCC community members: current students, faculty, and staff. We are unable to provide services to the general public.
  • There are options for in-person, live online, and asynchronous writing assistance.
  • The South Portland Learning Commons will be open and staffed Monday through Thursday, from 8:00am until 4:30pm. Writing Center hours are posted in Tutors' schedules above.
  • The MidCoast Learning Commons will be open for self-service and independent study Monday through Friday, from 8:00am until 5:00pm.
  • The Writing Center will continue to provide most individual support services online, even when the physical space is closed. Please follow the posted links to make an appointment or email tutoring@smccme.edu for more information.
  • The Learning Commons physical space is open for independent study. Areas have been designated for individual study, as well as small group study and Zoom-friendly study. Please check posted signage when in the physical space.

Please email tutoring@smccme.edu with questions or for additional information about the Learning Commons and the Writing Center. You can also visit SMCC's COVID page for campus-wide information and updates.