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Online Tutoring

ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS

Making an Appointment
What Happens Next
What to Expect
Policies

QUICK HELP

How to Ask Your Questions
What to Expect
Policies

MICROSOFT TEAMS

Logging into Teams
Using Teams

ASYNCHRONOUS FEEDBACK


One-on-One Sessions

Making an Appointment

  1. Proceed to https://appointments.csusm.edu/ 
  2. Select The Writing Center
  3. Select "Meet with us ONLINE"
  4. Select an available slot (highlighted in green) that works best for you!
  5. Recieve a confirmation email from Accudemia

What Happens Next

  1. Prepare for the session by gathering digital versions of necessary materials (i.e.: assignment prompt, your drafted material). Consider your top concerns to discuss with your tutor.
  2. Log into Microsoft Teams at least 10 minutes before your appointment.
  3. Your tutor will contact you to ask for your materials and provide information about the session.
  4. Have a great session at the time you reserved!

What to Expect

Online tutoring is tutoring on Microsoft Teams . It is much like meeting in-person with many more powerful tools at your fingertips and a record of the conversation. With this service you can:

  • make use of text, voice, and video communication
  • keep the chat log and recording for later reference
  • receive links to valuable digital resources
  • collaborate* on the same document
  • share your screen or see the tutor's screen to navigate resources (only available on the Teams app)
  • end the session with clear list of strategies for continuing your writing process

*Note: We will only annote your work, not proofread or change it's content. 

Policies

Reserving, Canceling, or Missing an Appointment


Editing or Proofing Student Work

  • Can a tutor edit my work?
    Absolutely not. Editing your work is your responsibility, not the tutor's responsibility. Please refer to our polcies regarding plagirism.
  • Can a tutor tell me what to edit in my work?
    No. The tutor may help you find errors in your work if you would like. Your discussions, however, will be guided by the sole purpose of helping you learn how to identify these issues on your own and fix them on your own.

Plagiarism

  • Can a tutor write my essay for me?
    Absolutely not. That is plagiarism.
  • Can a tutor tell me what to write?

    Absolutely not. That is also plagiarism.

  • Does the Writing Center follow CSUSM's plagiarism?
    Absolutely yes. CSUSM introduces its plagiarism policy:

    Each student shall maintain academic honesty in the conduct of his or her studies and other learning activities at CSUSM. The integrity of this academic institution, and the quality of the education provided in its degree programs, are based on the principle of academic honesty.

    The maintenance of academic integrity and quality education is the responsibility of each student within this university and the California State University system. Cheating and plagiarism in connection with an academic program at a campus is listed in Section 41301, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, as an offense for which a student may be expelled, suspended, put on probation, or given a less severe disciplinary sanction.

    CSUSM defines plagiarism as:

    Intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, or work of another as one's own in any academic exercise, including:

    (a)    the act of incorporating the ideas, words, sentences, paragraphs, or parts thereof, or the specific substance of another's work, without giving appropriate credit, and representing the product as one's own work;

    (b)   the act of putting one's name as an author on a group project to which no contribution was actually made; and

    (c)    representing another's artistic/scholarly works such as musical compositions, computer programs, photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures, or similar works as one's own.


Visit Verification

  • How do show my instructor that I visited?

     If you are a GEW student, you need to fill out an Agenda Form before your session. This form helps guide the session's focus. At the conclusion of a full and successful session, your tutor will sign and stamp your form. It is your responsibility to submit that form to your instructor.

    If you need to show evidence of your visit for a class other than GEW, ask your tutor or front desk assistant at the Writing Center for a verification slip, which will be signed and stamped at the conclusion of your session.

  • How many required visits can I complete in a day?

    We will only verify one required visit per class each day. If you need two visits for GEW, those visits will have to be on two separate days. 

  • When do you stop verifying visits (signing and stamping forms)?
    We stop signing and stamping visit forms two weeks before the end of the semester. Put another way, during the last two weeks of the semester (finals week and the week before finals), we will not stamp or sign agenda forms.


Quick Help

How to Ask Your Question

  1. Sign into Teams and the Online Writing Center in Teams
  2. Go to the "1. Quick Help" channel
  3. Post a question about writing or the OWC's services
  4. Post another question if you have one!
  5. and another
  6. ....
  7. and write on!

What to Expect

Quick help is fast and easy writing support on Microsoft Teams. Quick help can assist you with questions about:

  • the OWCs services
  • making an appointment
  • grammar
  • word choice
  • formatting
  • and so much more

You should probably consider our other one-on-one services (like chat, voice, video, or email tutoring) instead if you have questions

  • that involve sharing more than a paragraph
  • that involve sharing your instructor's materials or name
  • that involve sensitive material

If the tutor or assistant recognizes that you would benefit from another service, they will recommend it!

Policies

Editing or Proofing Student Work

  • Can a tutor edit my work?
    Absolutely not. Editing your work is your responsibility, not the tutor's responsibility. Please refer to our policies regarding plagiarism.
  • Can a tutor tell me what to edit in my work?
    No. The tutor may help you find errors in your work if you would like. Your discussions, however, will be guided by the sole purpose of helping you learn how to identify these issues on your own and fix them on your own.

Visit Verification



MICROSOFT TEAMS

Logging into Teams

 To access Teams and other Office365 apps navigate to office365.csusm.edu. When logging in, please use your Microsoft log-in:

Google Log-in: username@cougars.csusm.edu 
Microsoft Log-in: username@csusm.edu 

For the best experience, download the Teams application, available for all devices. If you choose to use the browser version of Teams, it works best with Chrome and Firefox. Safari causes some users technical difficulties.

Your tutor will message you 10-minutes before your session time inviting you to upload your materials. 

Using Teams

Prepare to use Teams by reviewing: Accessing Microsoft Teams

Helpful Features:

Confirm you have a working microphone and camera before your session.