Meet with professional and peer tutors for technical guidance, constructive feedback and reviews of your problem-solving reasoning.

Writing Lab

Dominican undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to seek tutoring support whether you are at the beginning and seeking to brainstorm and develop ideas, clarify a thesis or plan your tentative outline, or at the end and working on a final draft.

The Writing Lab provides tutoring by appointment. We encourage you to request an appointment via WCOnline. If you need additional assistance, please call (708) 524-6783 or visit the Academic Success Center on the first floor of Crown Library in the Learning Commons.

Writing Tutoring Process

Though students do not have to come to the writing lab with a completed draft, when your tutors work with you on a draft, they usually follow this process.

  • When looking at a piece, tutors first see whether a student has met the assignment's requirements, i.e. answered the question.
  • Second, the tutors attempt to identify a thesis statement and ensuing topic sentences, ensuring flow, order, cohesion, and focus.
  • Third, the tutors look at each paragraph, reviewing how it is introduced, how it is divided, how it is organized and structured, and how it works together.
  • Fourth, tutors will look at how students incorporate and document research. 
  • Finally, tutors will look at sentence-level errors, beginning with the most major (fragments, run-ons, missing words, subject-verb agreement) and working towards the least major (consistency, commas, word choice).

This can be a long process. A half-hour session does not ensure that tutors can cover all areas; therefore, students should make multiple appointments for one assignment.

The Writing Lab Staff

Jennifer Stockdale, Director of Academic Success and Professional Writing Tutor

Bob Greenwald, Professional Writing Tutor

Tim Cook, Professional Writing Tutor

Jeanne Popowits, Professional Writing Tutor

Math Clinic

The Math Clinic provides free peer tutoring for all Dominican students enrolled in mathematics courses or courses for which mathematics work is a required component. 

The Math Clinic provides tutoring by appointment.  We encourage you to request an appointment via WCOnline.  If you need additional assistance please call (708) 524-6783 or visit the Academic Success Center on the first floor of Crown Library in the Learning Commons.

SPRING 2021: ONLINE TUTORING 

Synchronous Online Tutoring

To begin the spring semester, the Academic Success Center will be offering ONLINE tutoring. These will be synchronous online appointments (unless otherwise stated).

To book/access and participate in your online tutoring sessions,

  • Register and log in to https://www.dom.mywconline.com (Firefox tends to be the best browser.)
  • Search for your subject using the drop-down menu at the top of the Spring 2021 Tutoring schedule.
  • Click on an open (white) session to book it, or click on the appointment that you have already booked. Here, in the appointment form, you will see this message:

Meet Online?

Yes. Schedule Online appointment.

If you choose an online appointment, log back in to this website approximately five to ten minutes before the start of your appointment. Then, open this appointment and click "Start or Join Online Consultation."

  • Click “Start or Join Online Consultation,” which will appear as a link 5-10 minutes before the start of the appointment.
  • After you click this link, you will enter the appointment screen, which will include several features:
    • a text chat with the tutor on the right side of the screen,
    • video/audio (be sure to enable these on your computer, if possible) on the left, and
    • collaborative white-board space in the middle.

In this space, you will be able to import a document (such as a paper, practice problems, a study guide, etc.), and export the document again at the end of the session (both by using the button with the arrows above the text chat on the right side of the screen).

For some subjects, tutors will opt to use Zoom. In these cases, there will be a Zoom link provided next to the tutor's name or in that tutor's profile. Finally, some of our writing tutors will be providing asynchronous e-mail feedback, which will be specified in their profiles as well.

Asynchronous Writing Appointments via Email Professional Tutors

Students must first make an appointment with Bob Greenwald, Jeanne Popowits, or Tim Cook or during their online (e-mail) tutoring hours using WCOnline. Students will then submit their assignment, one hour before the appointment as an attachment. Appointments for assignments 1–4 pages in length should be scheduled for a 30-minute appointment and assignments for 5–8 pages in length should schedule a 60-minute appointment. Please submit your assignment or question(s) to the tutor at least one hour before your scheduled time to ensure that he receives the document before your scheduled appointment. To be clear: this is NOT an online chat forum. The time slot you have reserved will be time for the tutor to read, comment on your work and send the draft back to you with suggestions. At that point, you may send any follow-up questions you want to ask.