Thomas More College

Writing Center

The TMC Writing Center and Online Writing Lab is not staffed over the summer holiday. Students needing writing assistance should access the Smarthinking website. This website can be accessed by returning to the by TMC home page and then clicking on the tab marked "Academics." Once here, students need to scroll to "Academic Support. "Students should select the "Launch Smarthinking Tutoring 2" link from the menu items.

Each registered TMC student is guaranteed a minimum of four hours of instructor feedback on written work from this on-line resource per term and should consult individual faculty about the use of this resource.

The Thomas More College Writing Center is designed to offer students, faculty and staff an opportunity to enhance written communication skills through face-to-face and/or online consulting sessions. The Center's trained consultants welcome all writers from remedial students who need help making the transition to college-level writing to more experienced upper-level writers. The Center offers each student individualized assistance at any level of the writing process.

Our Center functions within the English Department as a Student Support Service. The assistance that we offer is defined by the energy and excitement produced by consultants in collaboration with students who are interested in better writing and sharpening and strengthening the critical thinking skills that are involved in the process of writing.

The Writing Center is located in room 2209 in the Humanities Wing. Students who are not able to visit the center during our daytime hours may consult with a tutor online through our virtual writing center on MyTMC. Appointments can be made in advance by calling 344-3382 or emailing writingcenter@thomasmore.edu. Walk-ins are welcome!

The Writing Center is supervised by Professor Julie Daoud in the English Department.

Face to Face Hours

Monday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

OWL Hours

Monday 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Face-to-face consultations are the most effective way to strengthen writing for ENG 099 and ENG 150 courses, lab reports, and sessions devoted to APA or MLA citation formats, and attending to writing basics such as  grammar and punctuation. We also recommend face-to-face appointments for any writer who is frustrated, lost, or stuck in a writing assignment, and for writers who need help in the very early stages of developing ideas or in the very last stages of proofreading.

The OWL works well for sessions devoted to adding content and organizing ideas. It is also a great option for clarifying ideas. The OWL should be used when a student needs help after our F2F hours are over for the day or for students who need to work from home (or dorms) and want to work collaboratively with a peer-consultant in a chat-based space.