The Writing Center@PVCC

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Our Mission

The Writing Center @ PVCC supports student success by offering writing assistance across the disciplines, as well tutoring in humanities, social sciences, and language courses, utilizing research based practices. We prepare students for placement tests and improve the conversational language skills of English learners. Our mission is achieved by:
•    Reinforcing that strong writing skills are valuable across the curriculum and are essential in many fields of study and in the workplace;
•    Emphasizing that writing is a process, which develops writing skills and instills confidence in students;
•    Understanding the diversity of students’ needs and adapting our approach to meet those needs;
•    Providing tutoring sessions that are available by walk-in or appointment to maximize accessibility to all students;
•    Offering a welcoming, diverse staff engaged in continual professional development; and
•    Developing a sense of community through a collaborative environment.

    We work to help PVCC students strengthen their writing skills in any discipline. Come to The Writing Center at any stage of the writing process to:

    • Discuss how or where to begin an assignment
    • Get help finishing a draft
    • Begin revising a draft or receive feedback on a complete draft
    • Learn tips for proofreading
    • Discuss your instructor's comments

    Schedule an Appointment or Drop By

    To meet with a writing tutor, you may simply come to the front desk in The Writing Center to see if a tutor is available. To schedule an appointment, you can drop by the center, call our front desk at 434.961.5499, or schedule an appointment through our online system, TutorTrac. Step-by-step instructions are here

    Online Tutoring--Introducing Brainfuse!

    PVCC partners with Brainfuse to providing tutoring in most subjects taught at PVCC. Brainfuse's Writing Lab allows you to submit your writing and receive feedback in less than 24 hours. Brainfuse also offers live tutoring in writing, as well as many other subjects. Brainfuse is available in all of your courses in Canvas; a link is in the left-hand menu. It will also be available through the MyPVCC portal. Instructions to use Brainfuse's Writing Lab are here. The Brainfuse user guide is here. You are allotted 10 hours of tutoring in Brainfuse per semester; a writing submission takes 35 of those minutes. You're encouraged to bring your Brainfuse feedback to the Writing Center if you'd like to additional assistance.

    Meet Our Tutors

    Our tutors come from a variety of backgrounds. You can learn a little about them by reading their profiles available here.

    Instructional Videos

    These short videos are designed to help with common, challenging writing tasks.

    Handouts

    Organize and Plan Your Essay

    Revise and Proofread Your Essay

     

     

    Cite and Research Your Essay

    Grammar and ESL

     

     

     

    Writing Intensive Courses (WIC)

     

     

     

    Writing Under Pressure

     

    Writing Resource Handbook

     

     

     

     

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