St. Clair County Community College

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Tutoring

Tutoring

Tutoring

Whether you’re trying to review a concept you didn’t quite get in class or you want to stay on top of your studies by working ahead, you’ve got access to free tutoring whenever you need it. From writing to math, nursing to history, SC4 provides tutoring on every subject on a drop-in basis. Free virtual tutoring on weeknights and weekends is available as well. Drop-in tutoring is accessible in the library Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Stop by the library for more information or email Kristy Jevens.

Stop by the Writing Center, located in the Main Building Room 313, or the Math Center, located in the CEM Building Room 317, Monday through Thursday for tutor availability. Check out the Online Writing Lab for assistance on your papers before final submission at sc4.edu/owl.

Setting up a tutoring session

The tutoring session is using Microsoft Teams for free online tutoring sessions. All students have access to Microsoft Teams through their SC4 student account. You also can access Microsoft Teams’ help page for detailed directions on the program. For the best tutoring session, you should have a microphone and webcam for your computer or smartphone.

  1. Click on the “schedule an online tutoring session” button.
  2. Online Tutoring Sessions Page will open in a new tab.
    1. Hit the “i” to see the details on the service and tutor.
  3. Select a service you wish to schedule.
  4. Scroll down to the calendar and select a time.
  5. Fill out your name, email, phone number, any notes you need the tutor to know and what class you need assistance with.
  6. Select “Book” to schedule the appointment

You will be emailed a notification with the details including a link to open the session. Note: Please allow a few minutes before the session if it is your first-time using Teams.

What should I prepare for an online tutoring session and what do I need to know to work with a Writing Assistance team member?

A writing center session, on average, lasts about 20-30 minutes. Students are encouraged to schedule additional online meetings as much as they need. If possible, students should have the instructor’s assignment sheet or class notes detailing the requirements. At the beginning of the online session, a tutor will talk to the student to find out more about the assignment: The class and type of assignment, when it’s due, and if the student needs more help getting started. If the document is in the process of completion, the tutor will review the draft with the student for the organization and support of the paper’s ideas and provide recommendations for revision and editing.

The main thing to know is that the tutor’s role is to support the writer’s goals and provide helpful feedback. Tutors are not proofreaders, and papers may not be submitted for suggested revision and editing. The assignment must reflect the student’s own work, not the tutor’s work. 

Students who cannot fully participate in a writing center session due to tight schedules are encouraged to complete an online submission form below for the SC4 O.W.L.*

Online Writing Lab (O.W.L.)

O.W.L. is short for “Online Writing Lab.” SC4’s Writing Center uses O.W.L. as a way to offer greater availability and assistance to students through the convenience of an online platform.

Students who wish to have their paper reviewed by a Writing Center (WC) Team Member can submit their work to O.W.L. Once submitted, a team member will claim a student’s work, review it, and respond by providing helpful feedback within the comment section. The feedback team member responds with the paper’s strengths, which areas need further attention, and answers any specific questions a student may have. A WC team member will provide suggestions for improvement – not edit, correct, or change anything within a paper.

Once finished with the review process, the team member will send a paper back to its student for them to consider and make the changes they see fit. If students have any questions or comments about the feedback given, the WC encourages them to reach out to a team member.

How do I submit my paper?

To submit a paper to O.W.L., simply fill out the form below.

Students need to fill out the form and upload their paper. The file upload should be in .txt, .doc, and .docx formats not a PDF – Word and Google documents are best.

Then students can expect to see their paper with feedback within two business days.

Check all the apply
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 5 files.
Allowed file extensions: .doc, .txt, .docx
PDFs are not allowed.

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brinke@sc4.edu (810) 989-5566
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