UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

esl center

English

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 FREE in-person or synchronous tutoring sessions. Students schedule an appointment with a tutor and can request to meet online through Microsoft Teams or in person in the campus Writing Center located on the second floor of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building in room 225. Walk-ins are also welcome during Writing Center hours for immediate tutor needs.

2023 Spring Semester Hours
The Writing Center is closed this semester due to staffing issues, BUT students may use the Online Writing Center (OWL).

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

Who we are: 
The Writing Center staff consists of specially trained undergraduate students from a variety of majors - tutors who help students learn to write more effectively on their own. The WC/OWL are not proofreading, rewriting, or correcting services, or a guarantee of better grades.

Suggestions for receiving the best help from the Writing Center:

  1. Consider submitting a rough draft. We will read it, ask questions, and help you focus your ideas and expand your development.
  2. Give yourself plenty of time to submit your work in order to receive feedback before your assignment is due.
  3. Read your feedback carefully, thinking about the suggestions the tutor gave you. Revise your work.
  4. Visit the University Writing Center on a regular basis, so that you will continue to grow as a writer.
  5. If meeting online, save your document as a .doc or .rtf file so that your tutor can easily access it and provide timely feedback.

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.

How do I use the UWRF OWL?

  1. Self-register for the OWL in Canvas, one time only, by following this link: https://uwrvf.instructure.com/enroll/TD76EN
  2. Drop your paper here and wait for written feedback by following these instructions:
    • Click on "Paper Submission" if this is your first paper you are submitting to the OWL on Canvas. If it is your second, click on "Paper Submission (2)". If it is your third, click on "Paper Submission (3)" and so on.
    • Describe your assignment using the survey "Quiz" provided. You will need to complete a survey for each paper you submit to the OWL.
    • Answer the final survey question by uploading your paper and submit your survey.  Please double-check to make sure it has uploaded!
    • Receive feedback from a trained tutor three business days later or earlier
  3. Revise and improve your writing.
  4. Visit the OWL whenever you'd like writing feedback.

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).

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 213 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
February 6, 2023 - May 5, 2023

Monday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Week of Spring Break
Closed

Can't visit in person?
No problem!  Join the ESL Tutoring Center Canvas Page at https://uwrvf.instructure.com/enroll/ELMJDF and submit your materials online.  A tutor will give you feedback by the end of the following day of your submission.

Questions?
If you have questions or concerns about the ESL Tutoring Center, its services, or its tutors, please email the Student Manager at christopher.zuelke@my.uwrf.edu.

English Tutoring Staff


OWL/Writing Center Director
Elizabeth Schneider
(elizabeth.schneider-rebozo@uwrf.edu)

Writing Center Student Manager
 


OWL Student Manager
Brittney Sears
brittney.sears@my.uwrf.edu


ESL Center Director
Vladimir Pavlov
vladimir.pavlov@uwrf.edu

ESL Center Student Manager
Christopher (Kit) Zuelke
christopher@zuelke@my.uwrf.edu

Contact Us

English Department
english@uwrf.edu
715-425-3537
M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
241A Kleinpell Fine Arts

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