Hours

Computers are available for grammar and writing software use anytime the Center is open:

Spring 2014
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m
Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m
Exceptions
January 20 (MLK Day) CLOSED
March 8 - March 16 (Spring Break) CLOSED

Attention: The Reading and Writing Center is now booking fully 3-4 days in advance. Please take this into consideration when planning to schedule an appointment. We recommend you schedule appointments 1 week in advance.

The last session begins 30 minutes prior to closing.

Location

Annandale Campus
CG 409 Godwin Building

Contact

Emily Miller
Reading and Writing Center
703.323.3341
anwritingcenter@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is the Reading and Writing Center?
Our mission at the Reading and Writing Center is to enable student success through improved reading and writing skills. In other words, we help students become better academic readers, writers, and thinkers, thereby giving them the tools needed for academic success. Our trained peer tutors provide one-on-one assistance to writers of all ability levels, in all courses, in all disciplines. We also offer group workshops that combine interactive group tutoring and individualized attention.

Where is the Reading and Writing Center located?
We are located in Godwin (CG) 409, directly above the library.

Who can use the Reading and Writing Center?
Students enrolled in classes at the Annandale Campus or through the Extended Learning Institute (ELI)

How do I contact the Reading and Writing Center?
Phone: 703.323.3341 (voicemail available)
Email: anwritingcenter@gmail.com

When is the Reading and Writing Center open?
Lab Hours:
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tutoring Hours:
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Who works at the Reading and Writing Center?
The Writing Center is supervised by Emily Miller (M.A.), and trained peer tutors from George Mason University and NOVA provide one-on-one tutoring, online tutoring, and group workshops. Meet the Tutors

Do I have to pay to use the Reading and Writing Center?
No, all of the Writing Center’s services are free to enrolled students.

Tutoring

What is tutoring?
Tutoring is one-on-one, individualized assistance. It is interactive and collaborative. The more you participate, the more you will benefit.

What happens in a tutorial?
First, you and your tutor set the agenda – this is what you want to work on during your session. The agenda could be brainstorming for a paper topic, working on a thesis, re-organizing the body of an essay, revising based on an instructor’s feedback, working on grammar, or any other aspect of the writing process. After agreeing on an agenda, you and the tutor will read the paper together, either out loud or silently. You will work on the agenda together, discussing and brainstorming possible improvements to your writing. In some cases, tutors may ask you to practice some skills. Tutorials are always interactive and collaborative.

What should I bring to the tutorial?
Your assignment sheet is essential. Your syllabus, class notes, and textbook can also be helpful.

How do I make an appointment?
There are multiple ways to make an appointment: 1) drop by CG 409 and speak with someone working in the Reading and Writing Center; 2) call 703.323.3341 and speak with someone working in the Center or leave a voicemail; 3) email “AN Writing” or anwritingcenter@gmail.com and request an appointment for a specific time/day.

If leaving voicemail or sending email, please make sure to include the following information:

  • First and Last Name
  • Student ID
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Day/Time you want the appointment

Someone will contact you to confirm your appointment.

What happens if I can't make my appointment?
Students who have an appointment with a tutor may cancel the appointment with 24 hours notice. Students who fail to come to scheduled appointments CANNOT make an appointment for the remainder of the semester.

Students who cancel with less than 24 hours notice will be subject to the following:

  • First Offense: students cannot make appointments for the next 4 weeks (including the use of Online Tutoring)
  • Second Offense: students cannot make appointments for the remainder of the 16 week semester (including the use of Online Tutoring)
Students will be able to utilize other resources at the Writing Center (workshops, software programs, books, handouts, etc) and will be able to take advantage of walk-in tutoring (subject to the availability of the tutors)

Must I have an appointment for tutoring?
No, you may get tutoring at the Reading and Writing Center as a "walk-in", depending on tutor availability. If you have an appointment, then we can guarantee an available tutor.

Workshops

What is a workshop?
A workshop combines group tutoring with individual attention. Workshop leaders conduct an interactive discussion of a writing-related topic. After this discussion, students are invited to work on their writing. The workshop leaders will assist with any questions students might have.

Who runs the workshops?
The workshops leaders are experienced writing tutors who have been specially trained to lead and facilitate group workshops. Meet the Tutors

When are the workshops?
The workshop schedule can be found on the Workshop page of our website.

Must I have an appointment for a workshop?
No, you do not need an appointment to attend a workshop. Simply drop in when we are having a workshop. All workshops are located in CG 409.

Software

What is our self-guided software?
Our self-guided software is a study resource for NOVA students. The software focuses on reading, grammar, and writing skills. For a full list of software, click here.

Who can use the software?
All NOVA students enrolled in classes at the Annandale Campus or the Extended Learning Institute (ELI).

Must I have an appointment to use software?
No, you do not need an appointment to use the self-guided software.

What do I need to use the software?
You need a valid NVSTU domain username and password. If you do not have this information, you can obtain it through the IT Help Desk (703.323.4141). Some software may require you to create a username and password, or you may have a username and password assigned by your instructor. In either case, the Writing Center Supervisor can assist you.