Request for online Writing Center assistance
During the Fall of 2023, SUNY Broome students can request video-chat sessions or e-mail-based responses to their submissions.
- SUNY Broome writing tutors are trained and experienced in responding to writing, so they can help you with writing concerns such as organization, clarity, style, transitions, and other generic criteria for academic writing. While we will address sentence‐level concerns (if you request assistance), we will NOT edit or proofread your work for you. Instead, we will help you proofread your own work and point to patterns of potential improvement in your writing and suggest ways for you to develop your editing skills.
Whether you are interested in a video-chat session or an e-mail-based response, the first step is to send an e-mail to WritingCenter@sunybroome.edu letting us know what sort of support you would like.
Also remember that the STAR-NY tutoring consortium offers writing support (in English) Sunday through Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm. More information about that option can be found at Star NY Tutoring Schedule.
The Video-Chat Option:
You can start the process by e-mailing us, or calling us, or stopping by (when we’re open) to request a video-chat session appointment. If you e-mail us to make the request, let us know what day and time you’re interested in. The video-chat option may not be available at all hours that the Writing Center is open. If your session is regarding work for a class, we’d also like to know what class it’s for, so please include that information in your e-mail as well. You can also request them by calling the Writing Center (+1 (607) 778-5632) when we are open.
Close to the starting time of your session, our tutor will e-mail you a link to the video-chat session.
The E-mail-based Option:
Because e-mail-based interactions are less effective than real-time exchanges, we recommend in-person or video-chat sessions whenever possible. If you require an e-mail-based response, we will make every effort to respond to your submission within 1 business day.
We recommend that you contact the Writing Center using your school-created acad.sunybroome.edu Gmail account.
If you request a response to an e-mail submission, please make sure that in your e-mail you include the following:
- What is your name and B#?
- If the submission is for a course, what course (and section number) is it for? (Ex: ENG 110-12; HIS 103-02; CRJ 125-01; etc.) If not for a course, what sort of writing is it (cover letter, application essay, resume, etc.)?
- If the writing is for a course, who is the instructor?
- What is the due date of the piece of writing you’re working on (if applicable)?
- Also provide us with as much information as you can about the assignment guidelines. The more information your responder has, the more targeted the response can be.
- Finally, and this is important, what aspects of your writing do you want your responder to prioritize during their response? If you don’t tell us what to prioritize, our responders will choose what to focus on themselves.
Please remember to attach a copy of your document in a format that can be opened using MS-Word: doc, docx, rtf. Please do not “share permission” to access your own Google Doc; download it as an MS-Word document, then attach that to your e-mail. (We’ve encountered technical problems with permission settings, so we prefer to avoid any such confusion.) If you send us a pdf document, opening it in MS-Word can cause layout changes and other problems to occur, so only send pdf files as a last resort.
If you have any questions about either of these processes, please e-mail us or call us when we’re open to take your call.
phone: +1 (607) 778-5632