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Learning Commons: Writing & Speech

Reading and Writing Resources

Writing Assistance

Writing and conferencing at a dining table

Tutoring is available by appointment through the Learning Commons in person or via Zoom.

To book a session:

  1. Use the button below to book an appointment with a writing tutor.
  2. Make your selections for tutoring/coaching, location, in person/virtual, tutor name/no preference, and date then time.
  3. Fill out the form.
  4. After booking, make sure to check your Volstate email for important information about your appointment, including a Zoom link if your appointment choice is virtual.

Do you have a quick question about writing or English? 

  • You can visit us in the Learning Commons on the Gallatin campus during our hours of operation listed in the box below.
  • No appointment is necessary for in-person tutoring.  

For drop-in Zoom tutoring

  • First, call 615-230-3657 to check tutor availability. 
  • Writing Zoom room link is here: Writing Zoom Room

NOTE: Drop-in help is on a first-come-first-served basis, so if you are not able to wait, you might want to make an appointment under the "To Schedule Tutoring Sessions" tab above.

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 Dropbox for feedback from a writing tutor in the Learning Commons. 

Submitting your Essay

Click on the "Essay Dropoff Service" button below and following the instructions in the first "Announcement."

For more information, watch this video: How to Submit an Essay for Review Video Walkthrough

Essay 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 a few hours of submission, but please allow for 48-72 hours during busy parts of the semester.

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

Coaches are available to meet with you via Zoom or face-to-face.  Use the button below to book an academic coaching appointment (when asked on the form, make sure to select coaching, not tutoring).

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Learning Commons Location & Phone Numbers (all campuses)

                        GALLATIN CAMPUS                                                                                        LIVINGSTON CAMPUS

Thigpen Building – 1st Floor - 615-230-3676 - See hours below                                                     Room 151 - (931) 823-7065 - Call for hours

         HIGHLAND CREST (Springfield) CAMPUS                                                                  CHEC (Cookeville) CAMPUS

             Room 144 - (615) 433-7040 - Call for hours                                                                 Room 304 - (931) 520-0551 ext. 4661 - Call for hours

Hours of Operation - Gallatin Campus