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Writing Center

the writing center

Spring 2020 Online Hours

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (newly added hours)

In light of the cancellation of face-to-face courses, Waterbury’s Writing Center will offer online tutoring. Below are instructions for submitting an assignment for review by a Writing Center tutor. Please keep in mind that tutors require 1-2 business days to review your work.

Email your assignment as a Word document or PDF to We cannot accept Google docs, but you may compose in a Google doc and then convert/save as a Word doc/PDF. If it is a multimodal assignment simply attach it in whatever format it has been composed.

Please include a cover page with the following information:

  1. The name of the instructor to whom you will be submitting the assignment, as well as the name of the course.
  2. Indicate if you would like a notice sent to your instructor confirming your “visit” to the Writing Center.
  3. Was there a prompt given for this assignment? If so, include it.
  4. When is the assignment due? *Please note: we require 1-2 days to review your work.

Select two of the following issues you would most like us to address:

  • Understanding the assignment
  • Coming up with ideas/Outlining/Planning
  • Thesis statement/argument
  • Focusing the subject
  • Audience
  • Support of main ideas
  • Introduction or conclusion
  • Using sources
  • Productive use of the medium (for multimodal projects)
  • Citations (MLA, APA, etc.)
  • Grammar/mechanics such as punctuation, sentence structure, etc.

Tell us some of the strengths/weaknesses you see in the writing you did in response to the assignment and any other information you would like to share.

A Writing Center tutor will comment on your assignment using the commenting feature in either Microsoft Word or Adobe, depending on the format in which you submit the assignment. In order to view the comments, we recommend opening the document on a screen larger than a phone.

If you are submitting a multimodal assignment the tutor may simply respond via an email note.

Directions for viewing comments in Word:
On the Review tab, click Show Markup in the Tracking group, and then select the Comments check box. If you do not see the comment balloon, click Print Layout or Web Layout on the View tab.

Directions for viewing comments on a PDF:
Open the PDF file in Adobe Reader (by right clicking the file and choosing Open with > Adobe Reader). Click on Tools in the top bar and then open Comment after. On the right side, you can see a list of all your comments.

PLEASE NOTE: Work that is submitted for review late Thursday or on Friday will not be returned until Monday or Tuesday, per the 1-2 business day policy.


The UConn Waterbury Writing Center assists students who are doing any sort of writing for their classes at UConn. Have you started writing essays for your English classes? Are you putting together lab reports for your Biology classes? Are you taking a Sociology W course? If you are, you should bring your assignments to the Writing Center.

Office Location

Room 227G- 2nd floor of the library


Writing Center Questions:
Sam Robinson
Writing Center Coordinator

UConn Waterbury Writing Program Questions:
Ellen Carillo, Ph.D.
Writing Coordinator

The Writing Center can assist you with:

  • Pre-writing and revision strategies
  • Organizing ideas
  • Fine-tuning thesis statements
  • Developing more effective sentences
  • Organizing paragraphs
  • Proper citation

The Writing Center provides assistance to students working on:

  • Rough drafts
  • Short essays
  • Lab reports
  • Term papers
  • Any sort of academic writing

Tutoring takes place in approximately one-hour sessions (they may be shorter or longer) that combine discussion of the writer’s goals and some writing that brings the assignment towards completion.

You may drop by for a tutoring session, but we suggest that you sign up in advance to assure a session with a tutor.

Sign-up sheets are located just outside the door of the Writing Center, room 227G, which is on the second floor inside the library. Please come by to sign up for an appointment at your earliest convenience.

Students at Uconn Waterbury

Schedule an Appointment

We welcome all UConn students who are working on essays for their UConn classes, and we will assist you at any stage of the writing process. In fact, students often find it useful to work with a tutor even before they have written a draft (brainstorming), and we suggest that you consider coming in for more than one tutoring session so that we may help you to develop your thoughts and revise them. Tutoring sessions typically last one hour, although they may be shorter or longer.

Making Appointments We encourage you to sign up for a tutoring session in advance. Sign-up sheets are located just outside the Writing Center (Room 227G, 2nd fl. inside the library) and are available even when the Writing Center is not open.

Drop-Ins Drop-ins are welcome; however, you should be aware that our staff may be busy with those who have signed up for a tutoring session in advance, so we suggest that you come by the Writing Center to sign up for a tutoring session if you want to assure yourself of a tutoring session at a particular time.

Our Staff We currently have a staff of four peer tutors. All our tutors have been trained by writing center professionals and are devoted to development of good writers. While most of our peer tutors are majoring in English, others come from a variety of disciplines as diverse as Nutrition and Psychology.

You may also make an appointment by calling (203) 236-9836; however, please don't assume that you have made an appointment unless you actually speak to a member of our staff.

How to Cite

Here are two excellent sources on how to cite:

Research Techniques

Bedford/St. Martin’s Press has put together an excellent website that provides:

  • help in finding sources for research projects
  • help in how you would document sources for research projects
  • tips for evaluating sources
  • a list of style manuals
  • a glossary of research terms

Interested in Becoming a Tutor?

The Waterbury Campus Writing Center is looking for students who are interested in tutoring writing. All students are welcome to apply regardless of their semester status or major, but we particularly encourage sophomores with good writing and interpersonal skills who are majoring in English to apply. The ideal applicant is someone who:

  • is a sophomore in good academic standing.
  • has excellent interpersonal skills.
  • has taken Freshman English (English 1010 or 1011) at UConn and has received at least a B in that class.
  • can produce a writing sample (of at least seven pages) that demonstrates the use of several texts.
  • is willing and able to commit approximately four hours a week to tutoring once he or she has been trained.

We pay $11.00 per hour to students who have been trained and are fully committed to working in the Writing Center.

Those who are interested should download and complete the Writing Center application and email to schedule an interview. If you’d prefer, you may give us a call at (203) 236-9836 or drop by the Writing Center, which is on the second floor inside the library in room 227G.