Writing, Reading and Language Center (WRL) - Rockville
Our Social Justice Promise
Montgomery College learning centers are committed to equity and anti-racism in policy and practice. We strive to be welcoming and affirming spaces. We believe Black lives matter and stand with our DACA and Dreamer students. We seek to ensure equal access for students with disabilities and provide a brave space for the LGBTQ+ community. We promote a growth mindset and commit to meeting students where they are.
- Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Friday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Saturday: CLOSED
- Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 4 p.m.
On Campus Tutoring Hours (HU002)
- Tuesday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m
The WRLC serves as a resource for students, faculty, and staff and provides support services to students in all classes that require reading, writing, speech, American English pronunciation, and world languages. The services provided are one-to-one tutoring, specialized workshops, access to instructional technology, PC and Mac computers, the Microsoft Office software suite, ink print services, and various resources assigned by faculty.
Students must create WC Online accounts to use WRL Center services. Create your accountnew window. Students can now make APPOINTMENTS for Writing & Reading tutoring. To do so, book an appointment onlinenew window.
For questions on creating an account or making an appointment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Smarthinking Tutoring is also available to student when we are not open. Please try Smarthinkingnew window.
The Writing, Reading, & Language Center of the Rockville campus is closed for all holidays that the College observes. Sign up for MC Alert for information on closings and emergency notices.
|Days||Writing & Reading Tutoring (HU002)||Computer Lab (MT020)|
|Monday||9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.||8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.||8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.||8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.||8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.|
|Friday||9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.||8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.||10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.||CLOSED|
|Days||Writing & Reading Tutoring (Virtual)||Computer Lab (MT020)|
|Monday||9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.||CLOSED|
|Tuesday||9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.||9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.||9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.||9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.|
|Friday||9:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m.||CLOSED|
|Sunday||1:00 p.m - 2:30 p.m||CLOSED|
Montgomery College Learning Centers promote student success by providing engaging, responsive, and interactive academic support. Through high quality professional tutoring and collaborative collegewide services, the Centers’ dedicated and caring staff fosters a welcoming and empowering learning environment for a diverse student body.
In support of Montgomery College’s commitment to cultivate a common student experience, Montgomery College Learning Centers will strive to be a national model for learning centers that create an inviting, learner-centered, and supportive environment to engage students, faculty and staff in collaborative learning and enrichment.
- The Center welcomes all Montgomery College students to use the WRL Center for course related work.
- You must be a current MC student to use the WRL Center.
- During Fall 2021, all in-person services are appointment-only. Please schedule your appointment online new windowor by phone at 240-567-7402 or 240-230-7771 .
- Students, faculty, and staff are expected to comply with Montgomery College Health and Safety Proceduresnew window at all times. Per current procedures, facemasks must be worn at all times while in the WRL Center. Facemasks must be worn correctly, covering the mouth and nose.
- Please note that the Center's hours may change during the semester due to holidays or special events.
- Please use a USB flash drive or cloud storage to save your work. No work will be saved on the server.
- All students are required to pay for printing. More informationnew window
- Drinks with lids are allowed, but no food is allowed in the Center.
Please silence your cell phone and leave the Center if you need to make a phone call.
- Children under the age of 16 are only allowed if supervised by an adult. If a child/children are unsupervised or disruptive, they cannot remain in the Center. See Montgomery College Procedure #75005CP for full details.
- Center staff and student aides are not responsible for students' and other visitors' personal belongings that are left unattended.
The Writing, Reading, and Language Center provides a place for students to receive individualized tutoring help. Virtual tutoring appointments are up to 45 minutes long and on-campus appointments are up to 30 minutes long. Scheduled tutoring appointments are reserved by signing up online up to seven days in advance. During Fall 2021, all in-person services are appointment-only. Please schedule your appointment onlinenew window. For same-day appointments, you may contact us at 240-567-7402 during our business hours. Tutoring can help with:
- Strengthening and reinforcing fundamental language skills
- Brainstorming topic ideas
- Outlining and organizing
- Reviewing word choice, grammar, and punctuation
- Formatting and citations.
Tutoring Policies During Remote Services
- For writing and reading appointments, students may sign up online up from one-half hour to seven days in advance.
- Appointments are scheduled on an hourly basis and last up to 45 minutes, with 15 minutes at the end for the tutor to complete the client report form and transition to the next student.
- Students may have more than one appointment per day. The appointments cannot be back-to-back, and students are expected to work on different assignments or make progress on the assignment in between sessions. Appointments may be limited further during busy times, such as midterms and finals, at the WRLC’s discretion.
- For "Written Feedback” tutoring appointment, students must upload their assignment prompt and completed writing to the appointment before appointment starts. If they have not uploaded their assignment by the time the appointment starts, the appointment is considered missed.
- For “Live Video/Text Chat” tutoring, students must be on time to scheduled appointments. If students are more than 10 minutes late for a scheduled appointment, the appointment is considered missed.
- If students who miss/cancel appointments on the same day three times, they will lose the privilege to schedule appointments until they meet with the WRL Center manager.
- Students may cancel appointments up to 24 hours in advance with no penalty. If students
cancel an appointment on the same day, the appointment is considered missed
The Writing, Reading, and Language Center of the Rockville campus also has a computer lab area where students can work on word processing documents for their writing assignments. We currently have Microsoft Suite 2016. In MT 020, you will find 109 internet-linked Dell PCs and 10 Mac computers; many of which can be used for word processing and other academic-related tasks.
In addition to the networked computers, the Center also offers Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish Placement testing in MT-020. For those persons interested in taking one or both of the exams, please see one of the staff persons in the Center for assistance. The test should take approximately thirty (30) minutes to complete. Upon completion, take a copy of your results to MT-429. For more information, please visit the Department of World Languages and Philosophynew window.
Find out more about Printing on Campus.
How to Sign in to Use a Computer for Word Processing
- If you need assistance, stop at the front desk in MT 020.
- A staff member will explain to you how to log into a computer.
- Log onto a computer and start working.
- Please remember that you will need a computer disk, USB device, or e-mail access if you want to save a document you create, since you cannot save material on the computer.
- When you leave, be sure to restart your computer.
- If you have any questions about procedures, please ask a staff member for assistance.
Are you a Montgomery College student taking a World Language course, such as Spanish, Russian, Chinese or American Sign Language? If so, you may be required to complete lab hours in the MT 020 World Language Lab. During orientation, the staff of the Center will apprise you of the policies regarding your lab requirements, materials to use, and deadlines. If you missed your orientation, you can review the policy sheet (PDF, ) .
In the World Language Lab, also known as the Digital Language Lab, you can practice language skills such as listening, speaking and reading by using the computer programs and/or lab exercises assigned by your professor. World Language computer programs and/or lab exercises are available for many language courses, including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. You may also need to digitally record your lab answers for FREN 101 or SPAN 101 and can do so by following the instructions in your respective language folders located on the desktops in the World Language Lab, or the Digital Language Lab.
The number of hours you spend at the World Language Lab will be recorded on the computer and later reported to your professor. This report is submitted to your professor twice a semester: one at midterm and the other at finals.
How to Sign in at the World Language Lab:
- Take out your current Montgomery College student ID card.
- Stop at the front desk in MT 020 to present your ID to a staff person.
- Say which World Language course you are taking and what materials you need.
- Leave your ID with the staff person while you have the Writing Center's materials.
- Sign in at a computer and start working.
- Remain in the Center for the duration of your lab hours, while working on the material for that language.
- When you leave, check out at the front desk by bringing back the lab material.
- For more information, you may ask any staff member for assistance.
Are you a Montgomery College student taking a World Language Course, such as Spanish or Chinese? If so, you may be able to find a World Language tutor in MT-020.
Tutoring usually is available for the following languages: Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Russian,Korean, German, American Sign Language, Chinese, and French. Tutors are both full-time and adjunct faculty who teach at Montgomery College.
For an updated schedule of World Language tutoring, call 240-567-4160 or 240-567-5395. You may also go to the Writing, Reading, & Language Center to look at the posted schedule. Professional tutors' schedule for Fall 2021 (PDF, ) . For more information, you may also ask any tutor or staff member for assistance.
What Your World Language Tutor Can Do
Your tutor can help you practice your language skills and can answer questions about grammar, reading or writing assignments. The tutor can also recommend strategies that will help you build your vocabulary in the language you are learning.
In addition, tutors may recommend that you work on computer exercises in the MT 020 World Language Lab that will help you improve your language skills.
Please note that your tutor will not do your World Language homework for you, but your tutor will help you complete your work on your own.
What to Bring to Your Tutoring Session
You should bring your assignment, homework, textbook, and any associated materials to the tutoring session. You can expect the tutoring session to last about thirty minutes.
How to Sign Up for World Language Tutoring
Come to MT-020. Check to make sure your tutor is present. Then, sign up in the World Language Tutoring Book, and wait for your name to be called. (World Languages Tutoring is located at the round tables in the back of MT-020.)
Are you a Montgomery College student working on a writing or reading assignment? If so, you can get help with grammar or talk about your assignments with a professional faculty tutor in HU 002. Tutors can also help any students who have general questions about English grammar or understanding writing assignments. Students taking any MC class are welcome.
The tutor can discuss your work as it develops, giving you feedback about your paper's strengths and weaknesses. With your tutor, you can address different aspects of your writing, such as organization, development, thesis statement, wording, and mechanics. In addition, the tutors can suggest writing tips and computer exercises that will help you improve your English writing skills. At the end of your session, the tutor can send a copy of your tutoring session sheet to let your professor know that you have taken the time to develop your skills. Please note that your tutor will not correct your paper for you, but your tutor will help you discover how to improve your writing on your own. It is recommended that you take notes on your paper as you are discussing your paper in order to assist you later.
Creating a WC Online Account
All three college Writing, Reading, and Language Centers use WC Online to track tutoring. Before using Center services, please create a WC Online accountnew window using your official MC email address. Creating this account will allow you to schedule appointments or to use walk-in tutoring services.
What to Bring to Your Tutoring Session
You can expect a meeting of up to thirty minutes. Before you start the session, give your tutor any information you have about your goals for the session, including any instructions from your professor, an exercise packet, or a textbook. You will also give the tutor your tutor session sheet, which you can fill out in advance or when you sign in at the front desk.
You will also need to have a paper (printed or handwritten) copy of any drafts you are working on. Tutors cannot work from digital copies on laptops or flash drives. There are ink kiosk printers available on the 3rd floor of the Humanities Building.
How to Sign Up for Tutoring
Come to HU 002 and sign up at the desk for a thirty-minute tutoring session. Please note that not all sessions will last 30 minutes; it depends on your question and your assignment. Sign in at the check-in desk and wait until a tutor calls your name. For more information, you may ask any tutor or staff member for assistance. Tutoring is available on a walk-in basis and by appointment. Walk-in sessions last 30 minutes, while appointments last 45 minutes. You may make no more than one appointment per day and no more than two appointments per week. To make an appointment, go to the Quick Question Desk at HU 002, use WC Online, or call 240-567-7402.
How to Sign up for eTutoring
Click on the link to watch a step-by-step video tutorial on how to sign up for eTutoring.
Workshops & Events
The Writing, Reading, and Language Center offers several workshops each semester, focusing on a variety of grammar, composition, and reading skills. All of these workshops are FREE and led by professional instructors with advanced degrees in English, TESOL, linguistics, or other related fields.
College-wide, student-centered writing groups directed towards Black, Latinx, Asian, and LGBTQ+ students will be offered in Spring 2022. All participants who meet program requirements will receive a stipend, books, and connection to transfer resources and opportunities.
Writing Group Interest Formnew window
Asian American Stories (PDF, )
Black Diaspora 2022 (PDF, )
Latinx Writing 2022 (PDF, )
LGBTQ+Group Flyer (PDF, )
Special Accommodations: Any person needing special accommodations to participate in this workshop should contact the Assistant Manager of the WRLC at 240-567-7406.
The Writing, Reading, & Language Center of the Rockville Campus presents weekly topics on grammar and writing. As well, for your convenience, we have uploaded the presentations here as audio podcasts. Some of the presentations also have video. Please click on the respective links below and check back periodically for new ones.
- Test Taking Strategies: This presentation gives you some strategies for helping you to be better prepared when taking tests.
- Using An Outline to Develop Essaysnew window: This presentation gives you some guidelines on how to develop your writing from an outline.
- Thesis Statementnew window: This presentation looks at the importance of a thesis statement and how to successfully write one.
- Developing Better Paragraphsnew window: This presentation gives you an overview of how to use supporting details to develop your paragraphs.
- MLA Citationnew window: This presentation was originally given in two sessions but is presented here in one condensed presentation to review how to properly cite your sources using MLA style.
- APA Citationnew window: This presentation was originally given in two sessions but is presented here in one condensed presentation to review how to properly cite your sources using APA style.