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Writing Center

Writing Center services are available to all North Lake students.  Users can be assisted with class assignments, college application essays, personal statements and other documents. The Writing Center also offers free Grammar Clinic classes. Tutors are skilled writing specialists who can help students:
  • Clarify their writing tasks
  • Develop and organize their papers
  • Explore revision options
  • Detect grammar and punctuation errors
  • Properly document sources
Students who would like to work with a specific tutor should contact the Writing Center. In addition to Central Campus hours, writing tutors are also available at the North Campus in their Learning Resource Center, Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

How to make appointments

Call the Writing Center at 972-860-3927 or visit the Academic Success Center on the lower level of the library.

Online Writing Lab

A service of the North Lake Writing Center, the Online Writing Lab, or OWL, provides assistance to students, faculty, and staff at every stage of the writing process. OWL allows busy users to submit papers to our writing tutors electronically and get feedback within 24 - 72 hours. This service expands North Lake's reach and provides flexibility and accessibility to those who find it difficult to meet with a tutor face-to-face.

How to submit a paper

1. Log in to eCampus.
2. Find the NLC Academic Success Center Community by clicking on the red tab that reads "Community." Then follow the instructions to join.
3. Click on the ***NLC OWL*** tab, which will be on the left side of your page.
4. Follow the instructions to submit your assignment.

More information about writing tutoring sessions

Each student meets one-on-one with a writing tutor who focuses on the student’s expressed concerns about the writing project at hand. Papers cannot be dropped off for editing or brought in by anyone other than the author.

Tutoring is an interactive process that requires the student’s participation. Please come prepared with:
  1. The professor’s instructions for the assignment.
  2. A printed copy of what you have written so far as well as any needed source material.
  3. Specific learning goals and questions to be answered during the tutoring session. 

Our goal is to help you bridge the gap between your present skills and what you must know to be successful in your college work. We will explain what you need to do, give examples, and discuss possible revisions with you

The tutors focus primarily on "higher order" concerns (HOCs) that affect the whole paper, such as thesis or focus, audience and purpose, organization, development, and unity. It is generally better to address "lower order" concerns (sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling, word choice, etc.) after HOCs are resolved.

We ask that you make your writing as clear and grammatically correct as possible before asking for assistance with grammar and related concerns. Your tutor will identify and explain some errors and then demonstrate ways to correct them. The tutor will not "fix" every error because our goal is to teach you to edit your own writing.

If you need more assistance with lower order concerns after your session, you may return for more help after you have applied what you learned in your tutoring session to the rest of the paper and produced a new draft. 

Questions? Please visit the Academic Success Center (L100) or call 972-860-3927. You may also email us at nlcasc@dcccd.edu.