University of Houston-Victoria

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The Student Success Center provides peer tutors to help you improve your writing. There are two ways to take advantage of writing tutoring: appointment-based services and online services.

Appointment-Based Services

We schedule 30-minute and 1-hour appointments throughout the day. If you have a paper of fewer than five pages, you should sign up for a 30-minute session. If you have a paper between five and ten pages, we recommend signing up for a one hour session. If your paper is longer than ten pages, please contact the manager of tutoring at camarilloec@uhv.edu to create a suitable tutoring timetable for the paper.

If you plan in advance and schedule appointments as soon as you know due dates, you will find many available appointment times. Typically, though, as due dates approach, appointment slots fill faster.

To allow everyone a chance to get in and to allow you a chance to adequately review and revise your paper before you bring it in again, you can schedule 1 appointment per day (including online tutoring sessions). However, you are not limited to a certain number of tutorials during the semester. You may attend as many as you wish.

 What to Expect

  • Recommendations and advice from a trained undergraduate or graduate tutor.
  • A non-judgmental and supportive environment for discussing your writing.
  • Someone who will respond to your writing and ask you questions about your ideas.
  • A one-on-one session devoted to your writing.

 What Not to Expect

  • Someone to merely proofread or edit your paper.
  • Someone to tell you what grade your paper will make.
  • Someone who will rewrite your paper for you.
  • Someone who knows exactly what your professor wants.

How do you sign up for an appointment?

To sign up for an appointment, you must first register in WCOnline, our appointment system. You will register only one time during the semester, so you’ll just need to remember the email and password you used when you sign up.

  1. Registration is easy. Just go to Upswing to register.
  2. Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to log into the system using your email address and password.
  3. To sign up for an appointment, look through the schedule and choose an open time (open time slot boxes will be white) by clicking on the box. Fill in the form that pops up on your screen. After you save the form (“Save Reservation”), the time period you wanted to sign up for should be colored yellow, which indicates that it’s your reservation.

You should always make an appointment to make sure a tutor is available.

 

Online Writing Tutoring

To send a paper for online tutoring, you must first register in WCOnline, our appointment system. You will register only one time during the semester, although you’ll return to WCOnline each time you want to send a document for tutoring. When registering, you must use your UHV student email address.

  1. Registration is easy. JJust go to Upswing to register. Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to log into the system using your email address and password.
  2. To submit a paper for online tutoring, choose the “Writing Tutoring” schedule.
  3. Then, select Click here! where prompted in the question "Looking for Online Tutoring? Click here."
  4. A form will appear in a pop up. Complete the fields in the form and attach your document at the end. (Microsoft Word 95 or above is the preferred program for tutoring; however, you also may submit your documents in Microsoft Works.)
  5. Finally, click “Send e-Tutoring Request.” You will receive a confirmation notice within one business day of the receipt of your email. Also, we'd like to encourage you to add tutor@uhv.edu to your address book or friends list to ensure that automatic reply messages and tutor responses are not inadvertently sent to a bulk mail or spam folder.

Please note that you cannot send a document to us from within Blackboard.

Response Time: For documents under ten pages (most undergraduate documents), tutors will respond within two or three business days early in the semester (Jan./Feb., Aug./Sept.) and between four or five business days later in the semester (March/April/May, Oct./Nov./Dec.).

For additional information about online writing tutoring, please visit our page on Online Tutoring.

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