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Struggling with a paper or research project? Whether you’re feeling completely lost or just stuck on how to best organize your thoughts, the Writing Center provides free assistance to students from all disciplines with one-on-one tutoring on a walk-in basis. English faculty will walk you carefully through the mechanics of writing, provide training in grammar, punctuation and usage, offer feedback on your work, and help you understand errors on graded papers. Stop by our walk-in locations at Arnold or Arundel Mills, or schedule an appointment for real-time, online tutoring through the Virtual Writing Center.


Writing Center Services

At the Writing Center, we want you to get a higher grade on the assignment you've brought to us, but more importantly we want you to improve your writing and learn the concepts that will enable you to get higher grades on all your subsequent assignments. The Writing Center is a beneficial resource for every student. Learn more below.

What Tutors Will Do

  • Read some of your work and indicate problems in unity, coherence, grammar, punctuation and mechanics.
  • Teach you how to repair errors.
  • Guide you through the process of developing a thesis statement.
  • Share proofreading strategies that you can employ on your own.
  • Help you assess if you have documented your research-based paper correctly (APA or MLA style).
  • Raise questions regarding conformity with assignments.

What Tutors Will Not Do

  • Proofread or edit your paper for you.
  • Make any marks or corrections on your paper.
  • Approve, grade or evaluate your work.
  • Certify that your paper is free of plagiarism.

Help with Transfer Essays and Personal Statements

The Writing Center is happy to assist with Transfer Essays and other Personal Statements for admissions, scholarships, awards and contests. Members of the public, as well as students enrolled at AACC, are welcome to use our services. Begin the process of writing an effective transfer essay or personal statement by watching this instructional video.

Our Transfer Essay and Personal Statement expert is Maria Palumbo, Ph.D. Students wishing to work with her should enter her name in the "Notes" field of the waitlist sign-in when they arrive at the Writing Center. Note that all Writing Center tutors are able to assist with Transfer Essays and Personal Statements.

When to Come

As often as you wish but at least one full day before an assignment is due (so that you have time to make the suggested revisions).

What to Bring

Know the items and information you will need in order to have a successful visit.

  • Your assignment sheet.
  • A typed, double-spaced draft of your paper (if you are at that stage of the writing process).
  • A pen or pencil for making corrections on your draft.
  • Specific questions.
  • Your seven-digit student ID.
  • Your instructor's name.
  • Your course number.

What to Expect

  • A 30-minute individual session with a tutor focusing on the area(s) that you identify including thesis/topic sentences, style, organization, grammar/punctuation, and documentation. (During peak times you might need to wait for the next available tutor).
  • The tutor will go through some of your paper with you, focusing on the area(s) that you indicated on the intake form (thesis/topic sentences, style, organization, grammar/punctuation, documentation or other).
  • Online follow-up activities for skill development can be assigned, if applicable and desired.

Writing Resources

The AACC Writing Center is proud to offer tutorials on key Composition topics: Prewriting and Outlining, Introductions and Conclusions, Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences, and Transitions. These tutorials can be accessed through the Virtual Writing Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

For additional help related to the AACC Writing Center (virtual or otherwise), see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Other Online Resources

Skill Development 

  • The Little Seagull Handbook companion site offers numerous exercises for students who wish to build their writing skills or assess their knowledge.
  • The Grammar Bytes site offers interactive exercises, handouts, videos and tips.

Questions?

We're here to help.

The Writing Center

Jessica Rabin, Ph.D.

410-777-2118

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Arnold

Fall Walk-in Hours

(Aug. 28-Dec. 9)
Andrew Truxal Library Room 136
410-777-2378

Monday-Thursday
9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Friday
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Closed Labor Day weekend, Thanksgiving weekend and Finals Week. 

View the Tutor Schedule.

Arundel Mills

Fall Walk-in Hours

(Aug. 29-Dec. 7)
Room 204

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Closed Labor Day weekend, Thanksgiving weekend and Finals Week. 

Virtual Writing Center

Appointments 7-days a week at times ranging from 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

 

Waitlist App

Stop by our Arnold location in Truxal Library Room 136 and try it out today!