If you are a nonresidential student, you may now access the writing center's tutoring services through Google's chat function called "The Hangout."
Be sure your computer has a webcam and microphone. Most laptop computers have these built in, but not all desktop computers do. Then go into your Google email account. Download "The Hangout" software (it's free and fast), if you haven't done so already. Then contact your tutor by name using Google's video and audio "hangout."
You can then access tutoring via "The Hangout" by making an appointment during our evening shifts (7-9 p.m. Sundays and 7-11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays). You can learn how to create or change an appointment on our online schedule here.
You must specify in the "Comments" box on your online appointment form that you want online tutoring. (If you do not do this, the tutor has no way of knowing you'll be calling and thus, will assume you're coming in for a regular appointment.) You must then initiate the call at your appointment time. Please be patient if a tutor doesn't answer your call immediately. Sometimes a tutor cannot answer your call because he or she is finishing up an earlier appointment with another student. If you do not get an answer at first, wait two or three minutes, then call again. If a tutor still doesn't answer your call, then try calling the writing center's phone at 937-766-3245.
Because the writing center employs CU students as tutors, it likewise follows the CU academic calendar; thus, when CU is on break and students leave campus, the writing center is closed. These breaks include Labor Day weekend as well as fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, spring, and Easter breaks. For the same reasons, we also do not offer tutoring during the summers (we're closed in May, June, July, and most of August). As a result, the online schedule will not have appointments available during those times.
Finally, we cannot offer online tutoring in the afternoons or to students who live on campus. If you live on campus, please make your appointments during our regular hours and plan to come to Tyler 104 to meet with your tutor.