Writing Assistance

SLC's Writing Center offers courses and tutoring in writing.

Writing Assistance:

Academic Coaching for Writing You can sign up for this type of tutoring if you need help with basic skills, long-term help with a research project, or general writing processes assistance. To sign up, you must enter a request in Tracktion, our online scheduling service. Go to https://tracktion.oneonta.edu and click "Apply for Tutoring." Choose Academic Coaching.

Writing Workshop - This one-hour workshop is designed to help students understand the basics needed to do well on timed or high-stakes writing assignments. This workshop is especially helpful for those who take essay exams. This workshop can also help those who want to get an idea of the general principles that can help them with writing for their courses. Sign up for this workshop at https://tracktion.oneonta.edu.

30-minute Writing Consultations - If you have a writing assignment for a course for which you would like some help, the Writing Center is the place to go! To sign up for a one-time writing consultation appointment, you must enter a request in Tracktion, our online scheduling service. Go to https://tracktion.oneonta.edu and click "Writing Assistance." Fill in all the required information and choose an appointment that works with your schedule.

How do I sign up for an appointment?

Signing up for an appointment with a writing consultant is free and easy. Go to https://tracktion.oneonta.edu and Click "Writing Assistance." Fill out the information using your SUNY Oneonta username and ID. Choose any appointment with the tutors listed on the page.

Be sure to show up on time to the appointment you make because the tutors see students every 30 minutes.

What to expect at your first appointment

Each writing consultation is different, but there are some things you should expect during your first appointment. Your appointment will last half an hour. Your SLC writing consultant will first want to read the specific assignment you’ve received (be sure to bring it with you). The instructor will then ask you to explain what you most want help with. Guided by what you’ve asked for help with, your Writing Center staff member will then respond, as a critical reader and as a writing instructor, to what you’ve written pointing out sections that work well, identifying possible problems, teaching you important principles about writing, and helping you find ways to improve your paper as you revise. 

SLC writing tutors are likely to concentrate on large-scale issues first. For example, they’ll try to help you make sure that you’re responding to the assignment and that you’re writing a focused, well-organized, and effectively developed paper before they help you with such concerns as style, grammar, word choice, and punctuation. They follow this order for a good reason: small changes in individual sentences will not improve a paper as much as changes in thesis, focus, and organization will.

It’s important for you to know that writing consultants will not edit or proofread your papers for you. Nor will they do your reading or thinking or writing for you. Instead, their goal is to teach you to do these things for yourself so that you can become a better, more confident writer.

How do I sign up for an appointment?

Signing up for an appointment for help with writing is free and easy. Go to https://tracktion.oneonta.edu and Click "Writing Assistance." Choose the service you want and fill out the information using your SUNY Oneonta username and ID. Choose any appointment with the writing tutors listed on the page.

Be sure to show up on time to the appointment you make because the tutors see students every 30 minutes. Appointments start and end on time.

Here are your options:

Writing under Pressure Workshop: Prep for success on the CWE and other essay exams

This one-hour workshop is designed to help students understand the basics needed to do well on timed or high-stakes writing assignments. This workshop is especially helpful  for those who take essay exams. This workshop can also help those who want to get an idea of the general principles that can help them with writing for their courses.

Individual, ONE-TIME appointment

You may sign up for a ½ hour consultation with a writing center tutor to go over your class paper. Typically, writing consultants meet with students to review class papers. 

Academic Coaching for Writing

This service is designed for students who need sustained assistance in writing. Students who sign up for academic coaching for writing will meet with a writing center instructor for ½ hour twice per week or one hour once per week.

Who doesn't have a question about grammar?

We are happy to help you with grammatical issues. Please note that while we are happy to teach you the rules you need to know, we do not simply proofread papers. Sign up for a one-time tutoring appointment, and we'll happily help you with your paper.

How do I sign up for an appointment?

Go to https://tracktion.oneonta.edu and Click "Writing Assistance."

Be sure to show up on time to the appointment you make because the tutors see students every 30 minutes.

But wait! I just have a quick question about grammar!

There are some terrific websites with great information about grammar. We recommend the Purdue Online Writing Lab.