Academic Writing Center FAQs
COVID-19 Announcement: The Academic Writing Center has adjusted its methods of service to support students virtually. Please read more about the options below.
What is the Academic Writing Center (AWC)?
The Academic Writing Center (AWC) provides free writing tutoring to help UC students build confidence and skills in writing. The AWC can help with any writing assignment for any course and at any stage of the writing process. The AWC is not course-specific and can help with discipline-specific documents, as well as non-course-based writing (e.g. resumes, scholarship applications, etc.). AWC services are open to all students enrolled at the University of Cincinnati. The AWC is part of the Learning Commons.
Who are the writing tutors, and what do they do?
AWC tutors are graduate and undergraduate students trained in the tutoring of writing. During a tutoring session, the tutor reads through a draft with the student collaboratively so that the student is actively engaged in the revision process. Tutors help students identify opportunities to improve their draft while building writing skills. Tutors can assist students of all writing skill levels and at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to final revisions. Tutors can provide guidance on many writing topics, such as thesis statements, organization, structure, grammar, citations and more.
Will the AWC edit my paper?
The AWC is not an editing service. Tutors do not proofread to correct every mistake in a paper. Rather, the student and the tutor read through the paper together and identify ways to improve the quality of the writing.
What services does the AWC provide?
AWC appointments and services are open to all UC students in any location. Students do not need to be on the UC Clifton campus to use online AWC services. During remote operations, the AWC is offering two modes of online writing support:
- Live online tutoring sessions via WebEx: Students may schedule a live tutoring appointment in WebEx to discuss their paper. AWC appointment hours for Fall 2020 are:
- Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST
- Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST
- With AWC Tutor Feedback, you can submit essays of six pages or less that are double-spaced, or papers that are no longer than three pages, single-spaced, and one of the AWC tutors will review it, respond with helpful feedback, and email your draft back to you within 48 hours. Please note that submissions will not be reviewed while the AWC is closed. Submit your essays via this submission form link. Our tutors will respond within 24-48 hours.
How do I schedule an appointment?
How do I submit my paper online for feedback?
What if I need to cancel an appointment?
Students may cancel appointments in TutorTrac or by calling the AWC Front Desk at +1-513-556-3912. The AWC cancellation policy requires that students cancel appointments no less than 24 hours in advance. Students who cancel appointments less than 24 hours ahead, miss an appointment or arrive more than 10 minutes late for an appointment receive a No Show. Students who incur two No Shows in a single semester are prevented from using AWC and Learning Commons appointment-based services until they have a meeting with a Learning Commons professional staff member to discuss the missed appointments. Students who incur three No Shows in a single semester are prevented from using AWC and Learning Commons appointment-based services for the duration of the semester.