Syllabus Blurbs

TMCC Writing Center

The TMCC Writing Center is a free tutoring service for students who want help at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining to revising and editing. Our peer tutors focus primarily on global issues, such as content, organization, and tone as well as some local issues, including grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.

To schedule an appointment with a writing tutor:

  1. Log in to TMCC's Tutoring and Learning Center Scheduler
    1. From any computer with internet access, go to TMCC's Tutoring and Learning Center Scheduler and sign in using your TMCC username and password.
  2. Register and Navigate to the Correct Schedule
    • If this is the first time you have accessed the scheduling system this semester, you need to complete a registration form with your name, student ID number, and telephone number. The current schedule is called for Group Review / Workshops. If you want an appointment, select “Appointment Tutoring,” or if you would like to drop-in, select “Drop-in Tutoring." 
  3. Select your Class 
    • Use the "Limit to" drop-down box, located at the top of the page. The system will filter the tutors and show you only the tutors able to assist with your particular subject.
  4. Find Your Appointment Time
    • Search for the time you would like to use tutoring, and click on a white box.
    • White Boxes indicate an available time slot. You may use up to three hours of tutoring a week (Monday through Saturday). Appointments are either 30 minutes or 1 hour.
    • Dark Grey Boxes indicate unavailable times slots.
    • Light Green Boxes indicate other students' appointments.
    • If you cannot find a time that fits your schedule, you can sign up to be on the waiting list. To sign up for the waiting list, click on the clock icon next to the date on the scheduler. Select the tutor and the time you wish to be notified about. When finished, select "Join the Waiting List." When a time slot becomes available, you will receive an email and/or text. All emails are sent to your TMCC student email account.
  5. Complete and Save

Fill in all required fields on the reservation window and click "Save Appointment". An email will be sent to your TMCC email address confirming the time and date of your tutoring appointment.

To prepare for your appointment:

  • Plan on coming to your appointment with an open mind and be ready to work. The tutor is here to help you, but it is your responsibility to be prepared and eager to learn.
  • Bring any items that might be useful, such as one or more drafts of the paper, the assignment sheet, the course syllabus, comments from professors, textbooks, etc.

To cancel an appointment:

  1. Log in to TMCC's Tutoring and Learning Center Scheduler
    • Repeat Steps 1 and 2 from Steps to Make an Appointment. 
    • Once logged in, you can click on "Go to the Control Panel" at the top of the screen which lists all your upcoming appointments. Your appointments appear in yellow on the schedule.
  2. Open Your Appointment and Select "Cancel"
    • Open up the appointment by clicking on it, and check the big box at the bottom that says "Cancel this appointment", then click on the "Save Changes" button.
    • Note: If the cancel feature is not available, it may be too late to cancel, so please call us immediately or make every effort to attend your scheduled appointment.

To get proof of attendance (appointment summary report):

  • Check your student email for report from tutor (can print out or forward email to instructor).

For more information about The Writing Center, visit us online at http://writingcenter.tmcc.edu.

Smarthinking

Smarthinking is a free, easy-to-use online tutoring center that provides personalized learning assistance in various subject areas and in writing. The Smarthinking Writer’s Handbook has info on purpose, audience, process, style, and grammar.

To submit an essay:

  1. Log into Canvas and click on Smarthinking Tutoring (within the course for which you will submit the essay). Click on Writing Center and select Essay Center. A new window will appear.
  2. Fill in all the fields listed in red. Provide a clear, detailed description of the assignment and include information about the page length requirement. Describe the kind of help you would like from the estructor and then check two of the following: Main Idea/Thesis, Content Development, Organization, or Grammar & Mechanics (if you don’t have any other areas you would like the e-structor to focus on). Select the first available tutor.
  3. Attach your essay (click on "Browse" and locate your essay) and then click "Submit."

To retrieve your essay and feedback:

  1. You will get an email from Smarthinking when an e-structor has commented on your writing.
  2. Go to your Inbox from your Smarthinking home page.
  3. Locate your essay in your inbox and click on the name of the essay.
  4. You will see the e-structor's comments on your essay, organized by the areas in which you asked for help and a link to the "marked-up" version of the essay.
  5. To download the marked-up essay with the e-structor's comments, click on the blue "Markup" text under the yellow e-structor's response bar. Save the document on your hard drive or a flash drive.