Due to the COVID pandemic, the UWC will be completely virtual this fall. You may meet with a tutor via Zoom or upload a paper and receive feedback. Below are several resources to help you understand how virtual tutoring works. Faculty, please feel free to share these resources with your students.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Following are the answers to some common questions about online sessions. You can learn more in our section for distance/online students. You can also download a pdf of this FAQ.

Who can use the UWC?

All UAB students! The UWC welcomes graduate and undergraduate students of all majors/programs, and we help with all kinds of writing. Students may have up to 50 minutes per week of tutoring.

What can I expect during a tutoring session?

Your tutor will first ask what you want to work on. We can help you at any stage of the writing process and with any kind of writing issue. Generally, we like to start with bigger picture issues, like thesis statement and organization. Next, we move on to the more detail-oriented stuff, like helping you correct errors and check citations and formatting. While this is our general preference, the focus of the session really is up to you.

Will a tutor proofread my paper?

Tutors will not make corrections to your paper for you. However, they will be glad to look over the draft with you and point out and teach you how to correct errors and improve style. The goal is for you to improve not just your paper, but also your overall editing process.

How do I make an appointment?

To schedule, cancel, or modify an appointment, visit our website and log into our online scheduling system using your Blazer ID and password. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will be completely online for the summer. You must have an appointment to have your paper reviewed.

How does virtual tutoring work?

We offer two virtual options:

  1. eTutoring sessions in which you upload a paper and receive feedback. You do not need to be present for these sessions; your appointment time just refers to the time your tutor will spend reviewing your paper.
  2. Face-to-face sessions in which you meet with a tutor via Zoom. No web cam? No problem! You’re welcome to just use chat or voice through Zoom. You may upload your paper, assignment sheet or other documents when you schedule the appointment. If you prefer, you can share documents via Share Screen during your Zoom meeting.

You schedule and access both kinds of tutoring sessions in our online scheduling system.

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Scheduling and Accessing Virtual Appointments

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