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English Tutoring Services

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in UWRF classes from all subject areas may visit the tutoring centers for assistance.  All tutoring services are FREE!

The UWRF Writing Center is open and ready for face-to-face and remote synchronous tutoring session for the remainder of 2022 spring semester. Undergraduates and graduates enrolled in classes from all subject areas can visit the Writing Center for assistance in all stages of the writing process.  Students can sign up for appointments in Canvas ( or in person at the Writing Center.

The Writing Center is located at 287 Rodli Hall and Fall 2022 hours will be determined in the near future.


The Writing Center staff consists of undergraduates from a variety of majors and are carefully chosen and trained to help students make improvements in their writing. 

The Writing Center is not a proofreading, rewriting, or correcting service, or a guarantee of better grades.  It is a place where tutors can help students learn to write more effectively on their own.

Online Writing Lab (OWL)

The UWRF Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a virtual space where students may receive FREE assistance from trained undergraduate students to help them improve as writers.  The OWL provides assistance during any stage of the writing process and provides interactive feedback to its clients through asynchronous tutoring sessions.  The OWL is not a proofreading, rewriting, or correcting service, or a guarantee of better grades.

Who can benefit by using the OWL?
Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in UWRF classes from all subject areas may visit the OWL for assistance during all stages of composing (inventing, revising, editing).

How do I use the UWRF OWL?

  1. Self-register for the OWL in Canvas, one time only, by following this link:
  2. Read the announcement detailing how to submit your paper.  Submit a paper via our CANVAS site to receive written asynchronous feedback from a peer tutor within 72 hours or less.
  3. Revise and improve your writing.
  4. Visit the OWL whenever you'd like writing feedback.

When may students use the OWL?
Students may submit their work to the Online Writing Lab at any time; however, we encourage students to submit their work at least three business days before expecting feedback. Student work must be assigned to a tutor, and that tutor must be given adequate time to read and respond. Students may also meet with tutors online, in real time, to discuss their work once the tutor has prepared feedback.

Why should students use the OWL?
We understand that asking for assistance with your writing may be difficult. Many of us assume that we should be able to write well without much effort. The truth is that almost everyone feels anxious about writing and that nearly everyone's writing needs objective feedback and positive reinforcement. The Online Writing Lab is one place to get that kind of assistance.

Writing involves many steps: re-thinking, re-stating, organizing, re-organizing, expanding, deleting, re-explaining, and so forth. Writing is time consuming and sometimes frustrating.  Our suggestions for receiving the best help from this Online Writing Lab include:

  • Consider submitting a rough draft. We will read it, ask questions, and help you focus your ideas and expand your development.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to submit your work in order to receive feedback before your assignment is due. The OWL needs at least three business days to respond to your request for writing feedback.
  • Read your feedback carefully, thinking about the suggestions the online tutor gave you. Revise your work.
  • Consider meeting with your online tutor in the Elluminate chat area so that you may ask questions and discuss your work in some detail.
  • Visit the OWL and/or the University Writing Center on a regular basis, so that you will continue to grow as a writer.

Effective writing means good ideas are carefully explained. Our interest in serving students is to help you express ideas strongly and clearly. We are not a proofreading or editing service; we are trained consultants - experienced writers - who would like to help you do your best.

The English as a Second Language Center is located in Kleinpell Fine Arts 225 and available to help tutor non-native English speakers not only with their studies but also with conversation through set times called Speaker's Corner. All students welcome and all services are free.

ESL Tutoring Center Hours - Fall 2022 (to be determined)


Can't visit in person?

No problem!  Join the ESL Tutoring Center Canvas page and submit your materials online.  A tutor will give you feedback by the end of the following day of your submission.


If you have questions or concerns about the ESL Tutoring Center, its services, or its tutors, please email the Student Manager at

English Tutoring Staff

OWL/Writing Center Director
Elizabeth Schneider

Writing Center Student Manager
Olivia Betters

OWL Student Manager
Brittney Sears

ESL Center Student Manager
Christopher (Kit) Zuelke

Contact Us

English Department
M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
241A Kleinpell Fine Arts

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