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The Writing Center



  • Fall 2020 Tutoring
  • About
  • Appointments
  • Resources

For the Fall 2020 semester, LeTourneau University's Writing Center services are available to students through both in-person drop-in hours and virtual tutoring appointments via TutorTrac and Microsoft Teams.

In-Person Drop-In Hours 

Writing tutors are available on a drop-in basis from 6pm to 9pm Sunday through Thursday in the Writing Center, AFSC Suite 128. No appointment is necessary.  

Tutors will be masked behind plexiglass and will be equipped with hand sanitizer and cleaning materials. If possible, please share your writing assignment and the prompt from your professor with your tutor digitally; if necessary, though, our tutors can accommodate physical copies of assignments. Please wear a mask at all times while in the Writing Center.

Virtual Appointments 

Students who would prefer virtual tutoring appointments can schedule a meeting at least 24 hours in advance with an online tutor by following these instructions: 

To Get Set up in Teams

  1. Go to o365.letu.edu.
  2. Log in with your LETU credentials.
  3. Click on "All Apps" and select Teams from the menu.
  4. Once Teams opens, go to the bottom left and click "Download desktop app." (We recommend downloading Teams instead of using the in-browser version for a smoother experience.)

Once Teams is set up, you can continue to make an appointment via TutorTrac (all appointment times are in CST).

Making an Appointment

  1. Use your LETU credentials to login to TutorTrac. Then, select "Writing Center" from the drop-down menu on the left to view our tutors' availability.
  2. Select an available slot and fill out your information to schedule an appointment with the tutor.
  3. Your tutor will send you an invitation to a Teams meeting for your appointment time. RSVP "Yes" to add the meeting to your calendar.
  4. If you are able, please share your document with the tutor before your appointment.
  5. Just before your appointment starts, join the Teams meeting with the tutor through the link in the email invitation.

Note: There are several ways to share your document with your tutor: 1) Upload your doc to OneDrive (also accessible through o365.letu.edu), click the Share button, and enter your tutor's name. (This is what we recommend as sharing via OneDrive allows the tutor to collaborate on the document live with you during the session.) 2) Attach your doc to a message directly in Teams. 3) Share your screen view with the tutor while on a video call in Teams.

If you have any questions or difficulties with this process, please email us.

Our Mission

The Writing Center serves students and faculty from all departments and all levels with one-on-one writing tutorial sessions. Our tutors can offer feedback on any type of written assignment—essays, job applications, reports, creative writing projects, and more. Our mission is to demonstrate the Christian virtues of hospitality and charity and to help our visitors grow not only as writers and thinkers but as people of faith and strong character. Our philosophy is shaped by the words of David I. Smith:

“When we teach, when we design learning, we offer a temporary home in which students will live for a while, and we shape the patterns of life together within which they will grow.”

—Smith, On Christian Teaching

Our Services

Writing Center tutors are available for individual appointments (which can be scheduled through TutorTrac) or during Writing Center drop-in hours 6pm-9pm Sundays-Thursdays. Our student tutors can help:

  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Transition between sentences, paragraphs, or ideas
  • Improve organization
  • Use correct grammar and punctuation
  • Cite sources correctly
  • Use evidence effectively
  • Refine sentence structure and word choice

Location

The Writing Center is located in Career Services Suite 128 on the 1st floor of the Allen Family Student Center near the Admissions office.

Contact Us

You can contact us by emailing the Writing Center or calling 903.233.4477.

Meeting with a Writing Center tutor

To schedule an individual tutoring session, use our online scheduling system on TutorTrac. Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance.

Writing tutors are also available on a drop-in basis from 6pm to 9pm Sunday through Thursday in the Writing Center, AFSC Suite 128. No appointment is necessary. 

What to expect

The Writing Center isn't a “fix-it shop,” to use Stephen North’s phrase. Instead, our tutors guide your writing and shape habits that will improve not only the paper that you bring to us but all your writing in the future.

At the Writing Center, you don't just drop off your paper to be proofread and picked up later. Writing tutoring is an interactive process, so expect to discuss your paper, to read from it, and to answer questions meant to help you refine your thinking and writing.

What to bring

Whether coming for an individual appointment or during drop-in hours, always ensure you bring the following with you to the Writing Center:

  • Bring the most current draft of your assignment, either printed or on your computer
  • Bring the assignment sheet—it is important for our tutors to know what your professor is expecting
  • Bring yourself!

Cheat Sheets

Writing Center cheat sheets are quick and easy reference guides to common issues people have when writing papers. Printer-friendly versions of all our cheat sheets are available at the links below.

Other Resources

LETU research and tutoring resources
Purdue OWL formatting and style guides
Purdue OWL sample papers

Meet the Writing Center Director



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