Tutoring & Writing Center


Tutoring

USCB is proud to offer free tutoring to all currently enrolled students. Each student can receive up to 2 hours of FREE tutoring per subject, per week.

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Mission

The mission of the Tutoring Center, located on the Bluffton campus Library rooms 220 - 234, and in the Beaufort Campus Library is to help students succeed in the classroom:

  • by aiding them in gaining a deeper understanding of course material
  • by assisting them in developing better study skills
  • by promoting a positive attitude toward learning

Tutoring services are performed by both peer and professional tutors, so students are sure to get the specialized help they need.

Appointment Scheduling

Because of COVID-19, all tutoring services are offered online until further notice. Because of this change tutoring appointments are now appointment-only and must be booked 24 hours in advance. Please click on the Book Now button below to schedule your appointment. Your tutor will follow up with a Zoom Meeting link. To avoid delays in starting your appointments, make sure you have downloaded the Zoom at https://zoom.us/download prior to your meeting. You will need a computer/device with audio capabilities.

All tutors communicate via university email. If you do not receive a response to your inquiry within 24 hours, please contact the tutoring center at tutoring@uscb.edu or call 843-208-8024.

Click on Book NOW! to schedule an appointment.

 
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Writing Center

We offer one-on-one writing tutoring services with peer tutors, assisting students with writing issues such as organization, style, grammar and mechanics. Throughout each semester, we also provide regular workshops for first-year writing students in English 101 and 102, as well as university-wide workshops on common writing issues such as citation and essay exams.

Find A Handout, Resource or Link

There is likely a handout that can help you. See our Resources Section to see them. You'll also find links to popular sites like the Purdue OWL.

See a Writing Center Tutor

Writing tutors are available to assist students with any writing issues in any course. You must book an appointment first below. Please read our FAQs BEFORE you come to see a tutor.

Monday-Friday, Bluffton Campus Library 219. Hours vary by tutor.

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Resources for Students

General USCB Resources External Links

First Year English (FYE) at USCB
Placement information, course descriptions, and resources from the Department of English and Theater.

"The Rhetorical Situation"
Dr. Kilgore and Ms. Lang

"Understanding Arguments"
Dr. Kilgore and Ms. Lang

Verbs for Academic Analysis
A list of verbs to help students explain what an author is doing

The Neglected Art of Quoting
Please don't neglect these simple and stylish ways of quoting in your paper.

The Quote Burger
You'll never forget this juicy way of arranging your paragraphs. Be generous with the lettuce and never forget the citation (onion).

Sample Research Problems
Distinguishing among a research topic, a research problem, and the significance of your research.

English 101 Lib Guide and English Lib Guide from the USCB Libraries.

Purdue OWL
This site offers information on essay and paragraph structure, grammar and punctuation, MLA and APA formatting, and much more. An excellent resource for both instructors and students.

University of Wisconsin: Common Writing Assignments
A list and overview of commonly assigned writing assignments at the college level, and how to approach them.

Resources for
English 101 - Composition
Resources for
English 102 - Composition and Literature

Sample 101 Body Paragraphs:
Account of an Argument
Relational Analysis (Relating one source to another)

Other Resources:
Charting a Text
(to give an account of an argument)

Types of Arguments

Writing an Argument: Invention, Arrangement, Style

Relational Terms
How to describe how different sources relate.

Sample 102 Body Paragraphs:
Explication, Literary Analysis, and Researched Analysis with a Critical Lens

Critical Lenses:
Performing Analysis with a Critical Lens and Types of Critical Lenses

Other Resources:
Literary Toolbox
A list of common literary terms and ways to use them in a paper.

Quoting from Literary Texts & MLA Works Cited
A lot of help in one handout.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Tutors are trained and ready to help students with issues such as paper content, organization, style, research, citation, and grammar and mechanics. When you bring your essay into the Writing Center, you will meet one-on-one with a tutor on the issues where you need the most help.

We do not provide written comments on student papers; our tutors are not editors or proofreaders. The goal of the Writing Center is to help you learn how to improve your writing, so you can expect to have conversations with the tutors about your papers. Both the student writer and the tutor are active participants in the tutoring process, and students are expected to come to tutoring ready to think and write.

Tutors reserve the right to send you away if you do not come prepared; it is very difficult to help students with their assignments if we don’t know what those assignments are. Please bring, at the minimum, a copy of your assignment, any readings or sources you plan to use in your paper, and your latest rough draft. You need to get started on your paper before you come visit us; we do not help students write papers from scratch. It may also be helpful to bring any notes from class or other materials you think might help us better help you.

Tutoring is available during drop-in hours (TBA) and also by appointment. Students are strongly encouraged to make appointments for important essays. You may schedule an appointment on our scheduling page or on Facebook. If you need to cancel your appointment, please call us ahead of time at (843) 208-8024. Don’t stand us up! Students who miss appointments may lose scheduling privileges.

We generally do not assist students with paper “emergencies.” For the best assistance with your paper, please visit the Writing Center no later than 48 hours before your paper is due. You are welcome to bring your essay later, but we may not be able to help you.