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Our service is free and available to all UA students!

Sessions are currently all online.   See our FAQs below. 

 

How do I sign up for a session? 

From our homepage, new or returning clients can click on “Make an Appointment” to access our online registration and appointment system.  Once you are in the system, you find an appointment by day/time or by looking for a specific tutor specialty. 

 

What’s the difference between e-tutoring and online tutoring? 

Our e-tutoring service is asynchronous.  You don’t need to be online for an asynchronous session, but you should update your draft before the appointment start time.  Your tutor will review your work and send comments via e-mail at the end of the hour. 

Your feedback is stored in our appointment system, so even if you delete or overlook our e-mail, you can always log in to our system, navigate to your recent appointment, and click on it to review the feedback and download your paper with tutor comments.

Our new online option allows you to chat with a tutor in real-time.  At the appointment start time, you will meet your tutor via Zoom.  You can find the link for your Zoom meeting on your appointment page in [centerurl]. 

 

How do I decide which service to choose?

E-tutoring/asynchronous sessions are a great option if you already have a good understanding of your assignment and a draft of the paper.  You can submit your draft and review the feedback at your convenience.  The asynchronous format allows the tutor to respond to your ideas, suggest places where you can expand or improve, and give suggestions to tighten up your grammar and style. 

Online/real-time sessions allow for more more conversation and an opportunity to ask questions of the tutor.  If you need help brainstorming, understanding your assignment, coming up with a research strategy, improving your writing process, or learning a new citation style, you might prefer a real-time session. 

 

What if I still have questions?

E-mail us at writingcenter@ua.edu. We will respond promptly!