During the Spring 2021 semester, the Writing Center will offer asynchronous and synchronous online tutoring appointments to all undergraduate and graduate students beginning Feb. 15, 2021 through May 14, 2021.
Please select this option if you would like to meet with a peer or professional writing tutor for a videoconference. All meetings in this category will take place in MS Teams, an online collaborative platform, and will require the use of a webcam, microphone, and screen sharing.
Asynchronous eTutoring (Email Feedback)
Please select this option if you would like a peer or professional writing tutor to review your writing and provide written feedback via email. You will need to select a time for your email review, but you will not need to be present virtually at the time of your appointment.
Please note: Tutors do not copy edit papers; they will provide in-text feedback and links to resources by using comment boxes in the margins. Assignments longer than 15 pages require the permission of the Director.
We will also offer drop-in tutoring, but please note that our Drop-in Channel is not always staffed. During drop-in tutoring hours, students can ask questions through Teams Chat or start an audio/video meeting with a tutor who is on-call.
The Writing Center’s mission is to provide Manhattanville students with support at any stage of the writing process. We strive to build the confidence of student writers through encouraging, collaborative one-to-one sessions with peer tutors, graduate Writing Center Fellows, and Academic Writing faculty. Overall, we help students develop as writers and learn writing skills and strategies that will help them succeed at the college level and beyond. In addition, we are committed to providing valuable work and teaching experience to our peer tutors and graduate fellows, as well as promoting and supporting student research in writing studies.
Manhattanville College has named the Center for Academic Writing and Composition in honor of Professor Andrew Bodenrader, who is remembered for his passion for teaching, intellectual curiosity, love of language and literature, adventurous spirit, and steadfast dedication to students and colleagues alike. Everyone who was fortunate enough to cross his path encountered an empathetic, dynamic, and brilliant educator. Andrew Bodenrader's legacy lives on in the Writing Center that he established, which has developed from a resource into a community. If you would like to make a donation to the Center in Professor Bodenrader's memory, please click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Due to the current circumstances, the Writing Center is strictly online with the options of asynchronous (written feedback through email) or synchronous (virtual Meeting through MS Team) sessions. We strongly recommend that you make an appointment, but you have the option to drop-in to ask a question in the Chat or request a short audio/video session if a tutor is on call.
Audio and video calls made in a drop- in session are typically only 20 minutes long. which gives enough time for the students questions or concerns to be handled efficiently and easily. Remember, you can also just send comments back and forth with a tutor in the chat, but sharing documents within the chat section are prohibited so if you want them to see a particular part of a paper, you must do a video or audio call. Moreover, if you do not wish to have anyone view the comments or conversation you have had, you must delete the comment on your own.
Our new drop-in feature is for any student who might only have a simple question or concern--that is when you can reach out to the tutor on call or in the chat feature! You can do that by clicking here to access the "Drop-in Tutoring" hours channel in MS Teams. Ask a question in the chat and have a conversation in the chat section, or start an audio/ video call with a tutor that is available. Right now, hours are limited and the service is only available at certain times, so be mindful before posting a question.
Asynchronous tutoring is when a student receives written feedback through email. This is for someone who feels uncomfortable joining an audio/video call, has a technology barrier, is unavailable to meet synchronously, or simply prefers written feedback to oral feedback. It does however, require you to have access to your email and requires you to check your email to be sure you have received your comments and feedback. You might not want to choose this option if you have already received written feedback from your instructor or another tutor, or have real- time questions you would want to ask the tutor during your session.
Synchronous tutoring is when a student has a virtual meeting through MS teams. This is for someone who would feel more comfortable addressing questions and concerns they may have during a real-time audio/video chat with a tutor. Tutors will use screen share to go over your writing project with you. Although we do not require you to turn on your camera during a session, it is still important that you have functioning internet service, a computer with audio and video capabilities and headphones.
Synchronous sessions are typically 45 minutes long, which gives the students and tutors enough time to discuss assignment guidelines, build rapport, and discuss the writing project through an interactive session (screen share and audio/video chat). It also leaves time for any technical mishaps that can take place in a virtual setting.
The Writing Center does not function as a paper editing service, but rather as a place for writers to improve themselves with the help of our staff. That being said, we will give feedback on what is written and students in ANY session will receive an opportunity to learn and improve their own writing skills and abilities.
We will work with you on the writing skills you want to improve on and give feedback on what you have written. You should apply the skills you learn at the Writing Center in order to write more effectively. There are many factors that may go into making a paper better; what we are focused on is making a better writer so that all your future papers may be improved.
Any immediate updates on the writing center can be found on the homepage of the Writing Center Digication Website. We also have the Writing Center Schedule under the Schedule tab on the website that can show any plans/ changes the writing center may have. You can also find any updates on our Instagram @abcmville.
You can contact us at email@example.com for any questions or concerns you have and we will get back to you as soon as we can.