To Access Online Tutoring
The Writing Center will be available for students this Spring semester from Monday, January 25th, to Saturday, May 8th. In-person tutoring is not currently available for Spring semester, but you still have access to Columbus State writing tutors. They are accessible through the Pisces platform of NetTutor, by appointment or on a first-come-first-served basis. Sessions will be limited to one half hour unless you explain an accommodation at the beginning of the session.
Below are instructions on how to access the writing tutors and the schedule for when the Writing Center tutors will be on Pisces.
To meet with a Columbus State tutor:
- Access NetTutor by clicking on the green "n" logo in the upper right-hand corner of any Blackboard course shell you have
- Choose the “Pisces” box
- Select "Writing and Paper Center”
- Go to “Manage Appointments and Availabilities” and make an appointment for the day and time that best fits your schedule
- Or, enter the "One-on-One Live Rooms" to see which Writing Center tutors are available
If a Columbus State tutor is not available, you may also choose to chat with a NetTutor tutor, to submit a quick question for them, or to submit a paper for full review later. To access them:
1. Access NetTutor by clicking on the green "n" logo in the upper right-hand corner of any Blackboard course shell you have
2. Choose the “NetTutor” box
3. Select “Writing and Paper Center”
4. Pick the appropriate box for how you want to interact with the tutor*
*Note: If you choose to upload your paper for review, you will be notified via email when your paper and review comments are ready to be picked up, typically within 48 hours.
A record of all your tutoring sessions is saved in your "Writing and Paper Center" Locker in NetTutor.
2021 Spring Semester Online Writing Center Tutoring Schedule
Steve Abbott: Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Lorien Anderson: Mondays: 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursdays: 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Karen Aston: Tuesdays: 1:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesdays: 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursdays: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and Fridays: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Seth Brodbeck: Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Joan Demartin: Mondays: 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays: 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., Thursdays: 1:00 to 7:00 p.m., and Fridays: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Jewel Dey: Tuesdays: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays: 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Jeff Gordon: Mondays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Thursdays: 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Howard Graves: Mondays: 1:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesdays: 1:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesdays: 1:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Fridays: 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Jacob Hale: Thursdays: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Natalie Kopp: Mondays: 1:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Anastacia Leach: Mondays: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Zin Min: Tuesdays: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Lana Momani: Mondays: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Don Plummer: Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Fridays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Brent Stypczynski: Mondays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Columbus Writing Center Hours
Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
The Writing Center opens the second week of each semester and closes just before finals week. Students still have access to NetTutor tutors through finals week, however. NetTutor tutors are available 24/7.
Services for Students and Faculty
Our tutors, all experienced writers and writing tutors, can work with you on a variety of projects, including:
- Essay Assignments
- Business Letters
- Lab Reports
- Personal Correspondence
- Scholarship Applications
Tutors can help with any stage of the writing process, from generating ideas to revising and polishing.
Our tutors do not write papers, serve as proofreaders, or discuss grades, but they do help writers improve organization, development, grammar, and other skills related to writing.
For students, we offer individualized half-hour tutoring sessions, as well as group workshops on topics such as proofreading, using sources, and research troubleshooting.
For faculty, we provide 10-minute "Writing Center Overview" presentations to your classes, as well as one-on-one and group consultation on topics related to teaching writing across the curriculum. We can also develop special-request workshops to meet the specific writing needs of students in your classes. Faculty are welcome to make individualized half-hour tutoring sessions for their own writing projects as well.
The Writing Center is not a proofreading service. We do not simply edit or correct student projects, and we cannot be responsible for a student's final grade. However, we can help improve grammar, punctuation, and so on, by working with you on how to proofread and improve your writing for yourself.
Rachel Brooks-Pannell, Writing Center Coordinator