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The Graduate Writing and Research Center supports the research, writing, and professional development of Ohio University students. We offer long-term thesis and dissertation tutoring, graduate writing groups, specialized workshops, individual tutoring for other large projects and special genres (e.g. journal articles, letters of intent) and more.

 

HOW IS THE GWRC DIFFERENT FROM THE EXISTING STUDENT WRITING CENTER?

The Graduate Writing and Research Center provides graduate and undergraduate students with more in-depth and specialized help than the Student Writing Center is typically able to provide. We also provide guidance from professional tutors in writers' disciplines who have experience with specialized genres like theses, dissertations, journal articles, grants, personal statements, job application materials, etc.

The Graduate Writing and Research Center is staffed with graduate student and professional tutors from different colleges on campus who help you work more effectively. All of our tutors hold at least a master's degree and most hold a doctorate or have completed substantial doctoral-level work. All students (graduate and undergraduate) are still encouraged to use the Student Writing Center for daily assignments and term papers that are less than 15 pages.

​​​​​​​Can undergraduates use the GWRC?

Yes. Undergraduates are welcome to make appointments in the GWRC if they are working on undergraduate research projects, senior capstone or thesis projects, grants, or graduate school application materials. Please use the Student Writing Center for traditional academic assignments under 15 pages (e.g. term papers).

Can postdocs use the GWRC?

Yes! Postdocs are welcome to attend any of our workshops or events (although please RSVP) and participate in Graduate Writing Retreats (fees may apply depending on the retreat). Postdocs are also welcome to attend available tutoring sessions as walk-ins. You may bring any academic/professional project to the GWRC and we will try to help you in any way we can. Note that postdocs may not schedule appointments at this time and are not permitted to use the Student Writing Center. For a walk-in, online session, please email the relevant tutor and request a session if the appointment remains unfilled.

Is online tutoring available?

Yes, the GWRC does offer online tutoring; however, when there's not a pandemic going on, we encourage you to make a face-to-face appointment with a tutor first if possible. It's much easier to explain your project and get to know your tutor face-to-face. After an initial face-to-face appointment, we've found that the online sessions are much more effective. If you have detailed statistical questions or questions about how to run a procedure in, e.g. SPSS, make a face-to-face appointment.

To ensure the safety of our writers and tutors during the COVID-19 pandemic, all tutoring sessions are currently being held online.

Can I email my paper to the tutor?

NO--we do not offer "email tutoring." The tutors only work during the hours listed on the schedule; therefore, they do not have time to read your paper before/after your scheduled session. Students must attend the session so that the tutor and writer can talk about the project.

Which tutors can I work with?

You may sign up with the tutor that you feel best meets your needs for your particular writing project, regardless of that tutor's college affiliation. In some cases, we may redirect you to a more appropriate tutor after your initial appointment.

I'm an international or multilingual student. Can I get help at the GWRC?

Absolutely! All of our tutors are prepared to work with students who speak English as an Additional Language. Many of our tutors either are EAL users themselves or else they have significant experience teaching English to EAL users. Read the tutors' bios to find the best fit for you.

What kinds of projects can I work with in the GWRC?

GWRC tutors work with students on theses and dissertations, journal articles, grants, personal statements, job application materials, and other professional genres encountered in graduate school. We will also work with you on professional presentations. Some tutors also have the expertise to help you with multimedia projects, conference posters, research methods, or statistical analysis. Please see the tutor bios to find a tutor who best meets your needs. For daily writing assignments and term papers (15 pages or less), please make an appointment at the Student Writing Center through TutorTrac.

When is the GWRC open and how can I make an appointment?

The GWRC opens the second week of classes each semester. We are closed on all University Holidays and on Saturdays. You can set up appointments Sunday through Friday depending on tutor availability. Appointments are made online at ohio.mywconline.com.

What do I do if I need to cancel an appointment?

If you need to cancel an appointment, log in to the WCOnline system. An appointment must be cancelled at least 12 hours in advance to prevent it from being marked as missed / a "no show," and to allow sufficient time for another writer to book the time slot. If you miss 2 appointments (i.e. have 2 "no shows"), you will not be allowed to use the GWRC for the rest of the semester.

   

I don't have childcare. Can I bring my child to a tutoring session?

Yes! Most of the GWRC tutors are parents as well and we understand that it's tough to find childcare, especially on a graduate student budget. If you need to bring your child with you to a session, you're welcome to do so. We have some toys and coloring materials available to help keep toddlers and preschoolers occupied. Your tutor may meet you in Alden 309 and then work with you in a different area of the library so that other students are not disturbed.

How can I apply to be a tutor with the GWRC?

These important positions are filled on a rolling basis and based on position and budget availability. Tutors must hold a master's degree (PhD strongly preferred), and they may not be in their first year of doctoral work.

Compensation is $17/hour for 4-8 hours a week. Some hours may be available during summer sessions.

If you have questions, please contact gwrc@ohio.edu for more information.

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