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Writing Center

The Writing Center currently offers in-person, online synchronous, and online asynchronous support. The Writing Center has tutors available throughout the semester to assist with English courses as well as any courses with a writing component (history, psychology, etc.).

In-person sessions are by appointment only, and are scheduled using TutorTrac. Please click on the toggle below for instructions.

Synchronous sessions are conducted through Webex. The sessions are 1-on-1 and approximately 45 minutes long.

For asynchronous tutoring, students fill out the asynchronous submission form and wait for a tutor to get back to them with written and/or video feedback. Click the toggle below for more info.

Please schedule all tutoring sessions with the full intent of attending. Students that accumulate two no-shows in a month will be restricted from scheduling their own sessions, and will need to contact the appropriate service area to schedule appointments. Appointments must be cancelled at least 12 hours in advance. This can be done in TutorTrac, or by calling 732-255-0400 ext, 2431.

  • Login to Ocean Connect
  • Click on the button that reads “TutorTrac”; a new window will open
  • Click “Search Availability” on the left
  • You will be brought to the appointment making screen. Start by selecting Writing Center: Synchronous as the center
  • From the dropdown menu, select the course and reason for tutoring
  • Enter the date you would like for your appointment (you may select the hours you are available for a tutoring appointment)
  • After modifying the appropriate fields for the appointment, click “Search”
  • The system will show available timeslots that match your search
  • Select a timeslot
  • Once a timeslot is selected, the “Appointment Entry” window will appear. Be sure to enter all fields requested in order to move forward with the appointment
  • In the notes field, write a brief description of what you would like to work on in your tutoring session
  • Click “Save” to book the appointment
  • You will receive an email confirmation that an appointment has been scheduled; the confirmation email will contain the WebEx link for the session
  • When it is time for your appointment, click on the WebEx link in the confirmation email to join your session

Please be sure that you have the necessary information/materials ready to go, prior to entering the session

  • Login to Ocean Connect
  • Click on the button that reads “TutorTrac”; a new window will open
  • Click “Search Availability” on the left
  • You will be brought to the appointment making screen. Start by selecting Writing Center: Main Campus as the center
  • From the dropdown menu, select the course and reason for tutoring
  • Enter the date you would like for your appointment (you may select the hours you are available for a tutoring appointment)
  • After modifying the appropriate fields for the appointment, click “Search”
  • The system will show available timeslots that match your search
  • Select a timeslot
  • Once a timeslot is selected, the “Appointment Entry” window will appear. Be sure to enter all fields requested in order to move forward with the appointment
  • In the notes field, write a brief description of what you would like to work on in your tutoring session
  • Click “Save” to book the appointment
  • You will receive an email confirmation that an appointment has been scheduled; the confirmation email will contain instructions for how to proceed once you arrive at the tutoring center
  • The tutoring center is located in the middle of the second floor of building #5 (instructional building). The Writing Center is on your right when you enter the center.

Please be sure that you bring all necessary materials to your tutoring session

  • Access TutorTrac through the Ocean Connect menu
  • On The TutorTrac main menu, you should see your upcoming appointments at the bottom
  • Click on the X on the appointment that you are trying to cancel
  • Enter the reason for the cancellation and click confirm
  • You should receive an email confirming your cancellation

NOTE: All cancellations must be done 12 hours in advance.

The Writing Center offers asynchronous tutoring! You can submit your assignment online, and a tutor will review it and send your submission back within 48 hours to 72 business hours.

Here’s how:

  • Complete our Asynchronous Tutoring Writing Submission Form
  • You’ll be asked to provide the following:
    • Name
    • Student ID number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Course number (ex. ENGL-151)
    • A detailed description of your writing assignment
    • 2 – 3 questions you have about the assignment
    • Upload your work as a doc. or docx. file. We are unable to access PDF and Google Drive files
    • Detailed instructions on scheduling tutoring appointments (videos and screenshots)
    • Videos on various topics in math and science courses
    • Links to beneficial outside resources
    • Resources created by our own tutors at OCC
    • Announcements about workshops hosted by the Writing Center

    All students are automatically enrolled in the Writing Center Canvas course. You should see this course within Canvas with all of your other courses!

The Writing Center is open to OCC and Kean Ocean students for help with papers, research, presentations, and reading for any course. Well-trained Writing Consultants are available to assist at any step of the process, from brainstorming to final editing, from MLA and APA paper formats to research steps.

We offer in-person, synchronous and asynchronous options for tutoring. Synchronous and in-person tutoring sessions are 45 minutes long. Students can schedule multiple sessions for the same course in a day, as long as there is at least three hours between the appointment start times. Instructions for scheduling can be found above.

If you are having difficulties setting up an appointment, please call 732-255-0400 ext. 2431.

For general questions regarding tutoring, please call 732-255-0400 ext. 2967

The Writing Center Supports:
  • Ocean Courses
  • Kean Courses
  • Scholarship Essays
  • Resumes
  • Creative Writing
  • Writing Skills
  • Presentations
  • MLA and APA
  • Chicago Style
  • … and more!
Questions? Contact The Writing Center!

If you are having difficulties setting up an appointment, please call 732-255-0400 ext. 2431 or email writingcenter@ocean.edu.

For tutoring questions, please call 732-255-0400 ext. 2967.

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