Skip to Main Content

Nashville State Library Logo

Learning Center Schedules

Guide to Resources in the NSCC Learning Center

Ask a Writing Tutor

chat loading...

(Please note: you may need to refresh the page to see a change in Availability) 

If you are experiencing a long wait time, we encourage you to utilize the drop-in chat feature on NetTutor. This can be accessed through your course shell (D2L), under the Resources tab. Click on "Free Online Tutoring," and use the Tutoring Center menu to select "Writing Help." This chat is free to use as a Nashville State student, and is available for more hours than our in-house chat.


NOTE: During periods of inclement weather (high winds, tornado watches, severe thunderstorms, etc.), our tutors may lose internet connection. If you provided the tutor with your email, you may receive a follow-up message once they are back online. 

Chat Policies

1. Please do not chat while at work, in class, or otherwise engaged. The most productive tutoring sessions are the ones where both parties are fully involved in the conversation.

2. If you need to step away from the chat, please let the tutor know that you will be away for a moment and leave the chat box open. If on Zoom, please mute yourself and turn your video off to minimize interruption (on either side of the conversation).

3. Do not drop off a paper and leave. Please stay on with the tutor to determine next steps (chat, Zoom, etc.).

Chat Procedures

1. To work with a Writing tutor virtually, start a chat above! Don't know what to say? Try "I have a question about ___."

2. Have your assignment prompt and any work you've done ready to share before meeting with the tutor.

3. Prefer to work over Zoom? Just ask your tutor if you can chat over Zoom instead of through the chat box.

4. Do you need to work with a tutor as part of a course requirement? After the tutor has reviewed your paper (over Zoom or via the chat), you can incorporate their feedback into your form, or have them add a brief summary under "Other Feedback from Tutor." Tutors will not complete the entire form. We recommend you copy the feedback onto the form in your own words, or save the transcript from the chat to reference.

5. If chat is "Busy" or "Unavailable" during our scheduled virtual hours, tutors are busy working with other students. Please check again later! (Please note: you may need to refresh the page to see a change in Availability)


Writing Essays


Research Papers