Writing Center
246 Franklin Hall

One-On-One Tutorial Service

The Columbus State Community College Writing Center is a free, one-on-one tutorial service for students, faculty, and staff. Tutors work with writers on a variety of assignments such as critical essays, research papers, reviews, résumés, formal business letters, lab reports, case studies, poems, and job applications.

The Writing Center is not a proofreading or editing service. Tutors do not write papers, edit final drafts, or discuss grades. They are available to help clients improve grammar, punctuation, organization, spelling, vocabulary, and other skills related to writing. Tutors are experts at helping students develop confidence in their ability to write for success across the curriculum.

For additional information, view the Writing Center FAQs

Writing Center Hours

  • Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Tutors are available for one-half hour appointments per day, with a maximum of three appointments per week.

To schedule an appointment, visit the Writing Center at 245 Franklin Hall, or call 287-5717.

Please arrive on time for tutorial session and be sure to bring:

  • Your book
  • Your assignment
  • Your work-in-progress (journal, essay, report, etc.)

Tutor Visit Instructor Information

Instructors can arrange tutor visits for their classrooms. Through a brief, ten-minute information session, tutors will provide information about Writing Center services and procedures. Tutor Visits are scheduled during the second and third weeks of each quarter.

Visits are scheduled Monday-Thursday from  8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Friday from  8:00 a.m. -  3:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m -12:30 p.m.

To schedule a Tutor Visit, please copy and submit the Writing Center Tutor Visit Request Form .

Columbus State Writing Center Plagiarism Policy

The college defines plagiarism as “submitting an assignment purporting to be the student’s original work, which has been wholly or partly created by another student; presenting as one’s own the ideas, organization, or workings of another person without acknowledgement of sources; knowingly permitting one’s own work to be submitted by a student as if it were the student’s own original work.

Students who knowingly violate this policy may be denied Writing Center services.

Online tutorials

Please use the following links to view online tutorials on these topics.

Active and Passive Voice

Overview of Punctuation

APA Powerpoint Presentation

Overview of Punctuation Exercise #1

(APA) Style FAQ

Parallel Structures

(APA) Style Workshop Citing Sources in Your Text


(APA) Style Workshop Reference List Examples

Paraphrasing Exercises

Eliminating Wordiness Exercise #1

Quotation Marks Exercise #1

Dangling Modifiers

Sentence Fragments

Irregular Verbs

Sentence Fragments Exercise #1

(MLA) Style

Use and Non_Use of Articles

Making Subjects and Verbs Agree

Using Commas

Making Subjects and Verbs Agree Exercises

The Apostrophe

Methods of Eliminating Wordiness

Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Format

Documents for Writing Center Technology Workshops

Getting Started with Word Processing (.doc)    

Formatting Documents in Word 2007 (.pdf)


Office Location

420 Nestor Hall
550 East Spring Street
Columbus, OH 43215