Writing, Reading and Language Center (WRL) - Rockville

Writing, Reading and Language Center (WRL) - Rockville

 

Hours

Summer

  • Monday: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday: CLOSED

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, WEPA print services, and various resources assigned by faculty. 

Need tutoring when the Center is closed? Try Smart Thinking

Students must create WC Online accounts to use WRL Center services. Create your account!  Students can now make APPOINTMENTS for Writing & Reading tutoring! To do so, stop by the HU 002 front desk, call 240-567-7402, or book appointment online

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.

Hours of Operation - Summer 2019
Days  Writing & Reading Tutoring (HU002)  Computer Lab (MT020)
Monday  9:00 AM - 6:30 PM  8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM 
Thursday 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday CLOSED CLOSED
Saturday CLOSED CLOSED
Sunday CLOSED CLOSED

Macklin Tower 020 (see campus map)

  • Computer Lab
  • Digital Language Lab
  • World Language Tutoring
  • Chinese, French, German, Russian & Spanish Placement Testing

Humanities Building 002 (see campus map)

  • Reading/Writing Tutoring
  • Quick Question
  • The Studio

 

Mission Statement

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.

Vision Statement

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. 

Services

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 2010. 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 Philosophy.

As of August 22, 2011,  all lab users will be required to pay for printing. Currently, there are three WEPA printers in the Writing Center. Also, there is one in the hallway. (Please click the link labeled Pay-for-Printing for more information.)

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.  You may also print a copy of your paper if necessary; however, please be reminded that as of August 22, 2011, there will be a printing charge.  (Remember, you cannot save your document to the desktop as the document will be automatically deleted once the computer is restarted.)
  • 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, Download Acrobat Reader) .

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:  

  1. Take out your current Montgomery College student ID card.
  2. Stop at the front desk in MT 020 to present your ID to a staff person.
  3. Say which World Language course you are taking and what materials you need.
  4. Leave your ID with the staff person while you have the Writing Center's materials.
  5. Sign in at a computer and start working.
  6. Remain in the Center for the duration of your lab hours, while working on the material for that language.
  7. When you leave, check out at the front desk by bringing back the lab material.
  8. For more information, you may ask any staff member for assistance.

Students applying to four of the six Health Sciences programs at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus need to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) as a part of the application process.  These four (4) programs are: Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, Nursing, Physical Therapy Assistant, and Radiologic Technology. Please attend an information session to get answers to your questions. You can also encouraged to contact Carolyn McAllister, Pre-Admission Retention Coordination, The Nursing Retention Coordinator, who assists all students, regardless of specific health science program. Office: HC building on the TP/SS campus, room 130; email:  carolyn.mcallister@montgomerycollege.edu

The College's library system also offers materials to help prepare for the TEAS Exam. Available resources include the Nursing School Entrance Exam, Secrets of the TEAS Exam,  ATI TEAS Study Manual, Version 6. 

At MC, students preparing for the TEAS can visit the Writing, Reading, & Language Center of the Rockville campus and use the online version of Townsend Press

The following are links to assist students with preparing for the TEAS: 

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 Spring 2019 (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader) . 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 account 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 flashdrives. There are WEPA 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. 

Workshops & Events

Check back for updated schedule!

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. 

Special Accommodations: Any person needing special accommodations to participate in this workshop should contact the Assistant Manager of the WRLC at 240-567-7406. 

Check back for updated schedule!

The Saturday Series is an engaging and low-key series of events that promote literacy among MC students.  The series uses a variety of literary mediums, including print, audio, and graphic formats, to guide you to make connections between your classroom learning and your literary pursuits. Some semesters, the series tackles a different "big question."  

Students who participate in the Saturday Series will be able to:

  • Comprehend literature in print, audio, and graphic formats
  • Respond to literature in a variety of ways, including discussion, composition, and art
  • Understand the basics of portfolio creation

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.

  • WEPA Training & Navigating Microsoft Office:  This presentation familiarizes you with WEPA, the pay-to-print system at the College. As well, it shows you how to navigate the basics of Microsoft Office.
  • Test Taking Strategies: This presentation gives you some strategies for helping you to be better prepared when taking tests.
  • Using An Outline to Develop Essays: This presentation gives you some guidelines on how to develop your writing from an outline.
  • Thesis Statement:  This presentation looks at the importance of a thesis statement and how to successfully write one.
  • Developing Better Paragraphs:  This presentation gives you an overview of how to use supporting details to develop your paragraphs.
  • MLA Citation: 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 Citation:  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.
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