University Writing Center
About The Writing Center
The USC Upstate University Writing Center is dedicated to assisting both experienced and inexperienced writers at all stages of the writing process, in any discipline. We assist students with pre-writing, revision strategies and proofreading techniques. Tutors can offer help with global aspects of your writing such as organization and structure, or provide instruction on word choice, punctuation and grammar. Tutors also assist with other writing projects such as resumes, cover letters, admissions essays and
Students can come in for one-on-one tutoring at any stage in their writing process, which includes:
- developing outlines and drafts
- organizing drafts
- learning practical strategies to address specific writing challenges
- reviewing patterns of grammatical error (not proofreading)
- reviewing papers for unintended plagiarism and reviewing documentation styles
- receiving limited instruction on database and other library searching
- preparing graduate school essays, resumes and other school-related documents
The Writing Center is pleased to offer distance tutoring via Skype for Business! This service is intended for students who are unable to come to campus – particularly students taking courses at the Greenville Campus and students who solely take online classes.
There are two options for participating in distance tutoring: Students may use their own computer or students can use the distance-tutoring portal at the Greenville Campus library.
Students who attend classes at the Spartanburg campus are ineligible for this service. These students are encouraged to take advantage of the face-to-face sessions offered at the Writing Center.
To prepare for a distance tutoring session, please follow the directions below:
- Schedule your appointment: Call the Writing Center at 864-503-5883 and make an appointment. Be sure to specify that your appointment will be a distance-tutoring appointment, which will allow your tutor to prepare appropriately.
- Prepare for the appointment: Before the appointment, email a copy of your assignment and whatever work you have done so far (notes, a draft of the paper, etc.) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are using your own computer, make sure that you have Skype for Business, a camera and a microphone on your computer. All students and faculty can access Skype for Business.
- If using the Distance Learning Portal located in the Greenville Campus Library, arrive at the computer at least five minutes before your appointment. The library staff will provide you with a username and password that you can use to login to Spartan Greensky where you can access Skype for Business.
- Log into Skype for Business. This is done by using your Upstate email address and password.
- Test your equipment. By clicking on the gear icon in Skype for Business, you can access video and audio settings. Check to make sure that the camera, microphone and headphones are all functioning. If one is not working, the problem can usually be solved by selecting the correct hardware from the drop-down menus.
- Connect with the Writing Center: At the time of your appointment, you can use Skype to call the Writing Center at this address: email@example.com. If you've provided your email address, your tutor might even call you first!
- Work with your tutor: Your tutor will explain how to share your screen. From here, you’ll proceed with the appointment as usual.
If you have technical difficulties in the process, feel free to call the Writing Center for help.
Tutors are very busy during midterms and the end of the semester. Please plan ahead and call the Writing Center at 864-503-5883 for an appointment!
Tutors are University faculty members and students who have been selected to work in the Writing Center because of their outstanding teaching and writing ability.
Students who come to the Writing Center benefit from sharing their writing with a fellow student who is both knowledgeable and service oriented. By working with tutors, students have the opportunity to learn more about writing and to become better writers over time.
The Writing Center provides free 50 minute, one-on-one tutoring sessions. Please bring your assignment instructions along with your paper draft. Appointments should be scheduled in advance with the Writing Center, but walk-ins may be occasionally accommodated.