The QC Writing Center
To make an appointment with a Writing Consultant, please click on one of the links below or visit our Online Waiting Room. Our Online Waiting Room is accessed through the link in the Google Calendar below. You must be logged into your QC G-Suite in order to view the link and you must be logged into your CUNY Zoom account in order to access our room. (Note, our Waiting Room isn't always staffed!)
Note: We are open for the Spring 2021 semester. Please make your appointments via the QC Navigate App.
How will we help?
We will be available to work with you via the following fully digital, online platforms:
Google Docs - This will involve sharing documents with us (or having us share a document with you).
Google Meet - This is how we will talk to you and interact with you.
Zoom - All CUNY faculty, staff, and students have access to Zoom accounts. Some of our tutors some use Zoom! When you make an appointment, you'll see which they prefer!
Note: We will not be supporting students who do not have a QC Google Education Suite Account set up.
OK, how do I get started?
Use the QC Navigate App (or web-based app) to schedule appointments.
Your appointment will have a unique URL (or link) where your writing consultant will be waiting for you.
Your consultant will ask for your EMPLID and name.
And then you can get started!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com
Remember, there won't always be someone in the Waiting Room so please make your appointments via QC Navigate.
Suggestions for a successful online session
Patience. It takes a while to get things started, we will try to walk you through some steps. Technical difficulties happen.
Claim your accounts/know your different log-ins. You have a CAMS user name, an Office365 email address, and a QC Google Education Suite account, and now, a QC Navigate account and a CUNY Zoom account. We understand it can be challenging to have to switch back and forth. It gets easier, we promise!
Pay attention to your privacy. We cannot meet with you unless you use your QC G-Suite account and your CUNY Zoom account. This is for everyone's benefit. You should not share your private email account with anyone, including our staff. The college provides with you account that you can use for educational purposes, use it.
Share. If you want your session to start on time, have a Google document ready to be shared. If you don't know how to do this, click here.
Have realistic expectations. Online tutoring is sometimes more exhausting than physical, face-to-face tutoring, please do not expect us to read through every word and sentence of large documents.
Ask specific questions. Ask us about tone, about structure, about integration of sources. Ask us about format, introductions, conclusions, imagery, and voice. We can help out with grammar, but we cannot line edit every sentence. (That's what professional editors do--and look what professional editors make!)
Have fun. Our tutors care about you. We are here to help and we enjoy what we do!
We're still in school. Although we are not on campus, we are still in school and are bound by QC and CUNY's Code of Conduct, Academic Integrity Policy, Sexual Misconduct Policy, and CUNY’s Policy on Acceptable Use of Computer Resources.
What is a Writing Center?
The Writing Center is an academic and intellectual support space where Queens College students (undergraduate, graduate, and non-matriculated) work in collaboration with a writing consultant to improve their writing. In other words, the Center is here to help students put together stronger, more effective pieces of writing. We work on everything from the smallest pieces of writing (for example, free writes or outlines) to more complex pieces of writing (such as research papers or creative writing assignments).
How we can help?
Our undergraduate or graduate peer writing consultants will sit with you for 25-minutes or 50 minute sessions. In these sessions, we will look over your writing, listen to your concerns, and try to give you a clear, concise direction for tackling your concerns.
Please note: we do not "magically" fix a paper. But we will work with you on identifying your errors and mistakes, and help you correct them on your own.