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Learning Commons: Writing & Speech: Hours and Contact Information

Reading and Writing Resources

Writing and conferencing at a dining table

Writing Assistance

Do you have a quick question about writing or English?  You can drop in and ask a tutor in the Learning Commons Writing Zoom Room--no appointment necessary:

"Ask a Writing Tutor" Zoom Room 

Schedule:

  • Summer: (5/17/21 - 8/6//21): Mon - Thurs 8 am - 6 pm, Fri 8 am - 4:30 pm
  • Intersession: (8/9/21 - 8/20/21): Mon - Fri 8 am - 4:30 pm
  • Fall: (8/23/21 - 12/3/21): Mon - Thurs 8 am - 8 pm, Fri 8 am - 4:30 pm, and Sat 9 am - 1 pm

Get Help

-For technical assistance & troubleshooting, contact Vol State's IT Help Desk.


-For non-technical questions or concerns, email one of our writing specialists:

Gallatin: Diana Hardin at diana.hardin@volstate.edu

Cookeville: Kenny Westmoreland at lester.westmoreland@volstate.edu

Springfield: Nik Mabry at angela.mabry@volstate.edu

Live, real-time tutoring is available by appointment through the Learning Commons. Tutoring sessions are held on Zoom or in-person (beginning Fall 2021).  To book a session:

  1. Use the online request system to book an appointment with a Writing Tutor.
  2. After booking, make sure to check your Volstate email.  The tutor with whom your appointment is booked will email you a  link for your Zoom appointment and other important information you will need for your session. Please remember to cancel your session if you are unable to attend.

Tutoring Schedule:

  • Summer: (5/17/21 - 8/6//21): Mon - Thurs 8 am - 6 pm, Fri 8 am - 4:30 pm
  • Intersession: (8/9/21 - 8/20/21): Mon - Fri 8 am - 4:30 pm
  • Fall: (8/23/21 - 12/3/21): Mon - Thurs 8 am - 8 pm, Fri 8 am - 4:30 pm, and Sat 9 am - 1 pm

Questions about Zoom? Go to the Zoom Help Center: Frequently Asked Questions or use the Vol State Zoom articles

Get Help

-For technical assistance & troubleshooting, contact Vol State's IT Help Desk.


-For non-technical questions or concerns, email one of our writing specialists:

Gallatin: Diana Hardin at diana.hardin@volstate.edu

Cookeville: Kenny Westmoreland at lester.westmoreland@volstate.edu

Springfield: Nik Mabry at angela.mabry@volstate.edu

To meet the needs of students who don't have the time for a live tutoring session, the Volstate Learning Commons has provided an essay dropoff service where students can submit essays to an eLearn's Dropbox for feedback from a writing tutor in the Learning Commons. 

Although it is your responsibility to write, proofread, edit, and correct your paper, writing tutors can provide assistance and resources to help you improve your paper by commenting on areas of your essay or your writing skills that could be more effective.  If your instructor requires a copy of your writing tutor's feedback, it is your responsibility to send a copy to your instructor.

How to Use eLearn's Dropbox for Essay Review

How to Submit an Essay for Review Video Walkthrough

NOTE: Tutor feedback is not provided immediately in real-time. See "Review Timeline" to see when you can anticipate feedback,

Submit your Essay

To use our Essay Review service, you must

  1. Format your paper as a Microsoft Word document file (file extensions: doc or docx). Get help with converting a document at Dropbox: Converting to .docx for Submisson. PDFs will not be accepted.
  2. Submit your paper and a copy of your assignment instructions through eLearn's Dropbox by logging in to eLearn here: eLearn, selecting the Essay Review and Writing Support resource located under "My Courses," and finally clicking on the Essay Review Dropbox link located at the top of the announcement page. This will take you to the dropbox where you will find complete instructions on using this service. Make sure you follow the instructions completely and answer all the questions asked, otherwise your essay may be returned to you unreviewed.

Review Timeline

Essay submissions are reviewed in the order they are received.

An essay submitted

  • Monday through Thursday BEFORE 12:00 PM (noon) should be returned within 48 hours of submission.
  • Friday through Sunday should be returned within 48 hours of Monday 12:00 PM (noon).

  CAUTION: Tutor review and return times are approximate. In many cases essays may be returned within 24 hours of submission, but please allow for 48-72 hours during busy parts of the semester.

Feedback

Feedback can be found by going back into the dropbox where you submitted your essay and clicking on the "unread feedback" link there.

Get Help

For technical assistance & troubleshooting, contact Vol State's IT Help Desk.
For non-technical questions or concerns, email Diana Hardin at diana.hardin@volstate.edu

All Vol State students have free access to the online tutoring service Tutor.com.

Tutor.com is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The tutoring service covers Math, Business, English, Writing, Science, Health Sciences, Computers, Foreign Language, and more.

The link to Tutor.com is in eLearn. You can click "Help" then Tutor.com to get there, or look for this under the class announcements.

online tutoring with tutor.com

Once you are in Tutor.com you can follow prompts to:

  • drop off an essay,
  • connect with any available tutor during an on-demand tutoring session,
  • schedule an appointment with a specific tutor at least 48 hours in advance, or
  • review and replay your past tutoring sessions. 

If you have problems or need help with Tutor.com, please contact Delois Reagan at 615-230-3681 (Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm) or email Delois.Reagan@volstate.edu

Academic Coaching

Academic Coaches are available to help you things like managing your time, staying motivated, procrastination, or even how to take notes and study.  This is a free service to Vol State students!

Coaches can meet with you via Zoom or face-to-face.  Click on the link below to book an appointment.

Coaching Appointments

 

Learning Commons Hours & Phone Numbers (all locations)

GALLATIN CAMPUS

Location: Thigpen Building – 1st Floor

615-230-3676

Intersession Hours (between each semester)

  • Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Summer 2020 Semester Hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Saturday: Closed

Fall and Spring Semester Hours

  • On-Campus Hours or Online through Zoom
    • Monday – Thursday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
    • Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
    • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

LIVINGSTON CAMPUS

Room 151

(931) 823-7065

Call for hours

HIGHLAND CREST (Springfield) CAMPUS

Room 144

(615) 433-7040

Call for hours

CHEC (Cookeville) CAMPUS

Room 304

(931) 520-0551 ext. 4661

Call for hours

eLearn Help

Need help with eLearn? Click on the link below to book an appointment with an eLearn specialist:

eLearn Help Appointments

OR

Join one of our eLearn training sessions.  There are appointments available in August through the first week of the fall semester. Register for a training session now!

Student eLearn Training Registration Link