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Writing, Reading and Language (WRL) Center - Takoma Park/Silver Spring

Writing, Reading and Language (WRL) Center - Takoma Park/Silver Spring

Fall Hours (August 29 - December 18, 2022)

Virtual Services

  • Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m - 1 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

On-Campus Services 

  • Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Closures

  • September 5: College closed for Labor Day holiday
  • October 18: Advising day; No classes for students; Non-instructional duty day for faculty
  • November 23: No classes for student; Non-instructional duty day for faculty
  • November 24–27: College closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Welcome to the Writing, Reading, and Language Center (WRLC).  The WRLC serves as a resource for students, faculty, and staff and provides academic support services to students in all classes that require reading, writing, speech, American English pronunciation, and world languages.

We are proud to offer both virtual and on-campus support in the forms of one-to-one tutoring, specialized workshops, and computer lab access.

Schedule your tutoring


Please read the policies below to learn how to access these services.

In addition, you can visit Student Resources to access writing tips, skills for success, and handouts and worksheets on grammar, organization, rhetoric, citations, and reading.

Need tutoring when the WRLC is closed?  Try Smarthinking!

Fall 2022 orientation video

Hours of Operation


Virtual Tutoring Hours of Operation
Term/Day of the week Hours
Summer  
Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday CLOSED
On-Campus Tutoring Hours of Operation
Term/Day of the week Hours
Summer  
Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday CLOSED
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday CLOSED
Computer Lab Access
Term/Day of the Week Hours
Summer  
Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday CLOSED
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday CLOSED

Services

We are proud to offer both virtual and on-campus support in the forms of one-to-one tutoring, specialized workshops, and computer lab access. Please read the policies below to learn how to access these services. In addition, click on the "Student Resources" link on the right-hand side of this page to access writing tips; skills for success; and handouts and worksheets on grammar, organization, rhetoric, citations, and reading.

Tutoring Appointments (WCOnline)

All students must register for a WCOnline account before they can receive tutoring at the WRLC (TP/SS). If you have not already done so, create your accountnew window. Please send us an email at: wrlc.tpss.general@montgomerycollege.edu if you need assistance setting up your WCOnline account.

After you have created your account, you may make an appointment by signing on to WCOnline. You may select from any of the available appointments (which appear as white boxes) anywhere up to seven days in advance but no later than one hour before. Please make sure to select the correct learning center location since each learning center requires its own WCOnline account.

What We Tutor

WRL Center tutors are available to assist students

  • with grammar, reading, speech, and writing
  • at all stages of writing and reading assignments, from brainstorming to final revisions
  • on assignments from any course that requires writing.
  • World Languages: Faculty tutors are available to assist students enrolled in language courses that are taught at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus (Arabic, French, and Spanish). 

Tutoring Policies 

  1. You must make a tutoring appointment using your WCOnline account.
  2. You may make appointments up to seven days in advance but no later than one hour before the beginning time of the session you want.
  3. 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 administrative work.
  4. For Written Feedback, you must upload the assignment prompt and completed writing to the appointment form before the appointment begins.  
  5. For Online/Zoom, you must be on time to scheduled appointments. If you are more than 15 minutes late without notification, it will be considered missed. 
  6. Whenever possible, cancel appointments well in advance so your fellow students have an opportunity to sign up for tutoring. 
  7. You may have more than one appointment per day. The appointments cannot be back-to-back, and you are expected to work on different assignments or make progress on the assignment in between sessions. Appointments may be limited to once per day during busy times, such as midterms and finals, at the WRLC’s discretion.
  8. Tutors are not allowed to provide assistance on midterm or final exams.
  9. Tutors will address at least one of the skills you will need to complete your work during each session
  10. Tutors will not edit your work, find all your mistakes, or correct your assignments. The purpose of tutoring is to help you build your skills, not to generate perfect papers or check homework assignments.

How We Tutor: Synchronous/Zoom

"Synchronous" tutoring sessions are also referred to as "Online" or "Zoom" sessions, where the student speaks directly to a tutor and the tutor provides feedback in real time.

  1. Online/Zoom tutoring means you speak directly to the tutor.
  2. At the time of your appointment, log back in to this website, open your appointment by clicking on it, and click the Zoom session link in "Location."
  3. Join your session five minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
  4. Up to one hour before your appointment, you may upload documents including your draft assignment, your professor's written assignment instructions, and any prior feedback from your professor.
  5. A student may have up to 45 minutes per synchronous session.

How We Tutor: Asynchronous/Written Feedback

"Asynchronous" tutoring sessions are those where you receive written feedback only.

  1. For these appointments, you do not speak directly to your tutor.
  2. You do not have to be present for your appointment. Once the appointment starts, the tutor will review your paper and provide written feedback.
  3. At least one hour before your appointment start time, upload your assignment, your professor's written assignment instructions, and any prior feedback from your professor. Without documents, your tutor cannot provide written feedback.
  4. You will receive your tutor's written feedback by 9 p.m. on the day of your appointment.

How We Tutor:  On-Campus

On-campus tutoring sessions are those where you meet the tutor on campus in Resource Center 105. These sessions are by appointment only, and social distancing and masking are observed.

  1. You are required to follow social distancing and masking policies when using on-campus services. 
  2. If you are experiencing any symptoms, believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, or are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test, stay home and follow CDC guidelines
  3. All tutoring is by appointment only. However, we will do our best to accommodate students who visit the center without an appointment, depending on staff availability.
  4. Arrive 5-10 minutes before your appointment to check in at the front desk.
  5. Tutoring appointments are scheduled on an hourly basis and last up to 30 minutes, with 30 minutes between sessions for the tutor to complete administrative work and clean between students.
  6. You must upload the assignment sheet and your paper to the appointment form at least one hour before your tutoring session. 
  7. If you are going to be late to your appointment, contact the front desk at 240-567-1556.
  8. If you are more than 15 minutes late without notification, your appointment will be considered missed and you will need to reschedule.

How to Get the Most from Your Tutoring Session

Be active!  Be organized!  Your tutoring session will be about YOUR writing and reading, not a review of your paper or a proofreading session. Discussing your assignment and skills with a tutor will help you understand what your professor expects you to achieve and will help you focus on how to fulfill those requirements.

Review the following tips to ensure that you will receive the best help from your tutor:

  1. For synchronous/Zoom session: Be ready to talk. Your tutor will ask you questions about your assignment and your skills.
  2. Have your materials ready. In addition to your essay, upload any assignment sheets, syllabi, readings, or instructor’s comments that will help you and your tutor plan your work.
  3. Ask questions: Review your assignment and work before your tutoring session so that you can address the issues you want help with.
  4. Be ready to work independently: Your tutor might ask you to work on revisions or practice skills during your session.
  5. Plan ahead: Allow yourself enough time to receive tutoring and make revisions. Make an effort to see a tutor at least two days before your assignment is due.
  1. You are required to follow social distancing and masking policies when using on-campus services.
  2. If you are experiencing any symptoms, believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, or are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test, stay home and follow CDC guidelines. 
  3. You can make a computer lab appointment using your WCOnline account. If you are unable to do so, please ask a student employee at the front desk of RC105 for technical assistance, or send an email to: wrlc.tpss.general@montgomerycollege.edu.
  4. You may make appointments up to seven days in advance but no later than one hour before the beginning time of the session you want.
  5. You may also use the computer lab without an appointment; just sign in at the front desk.
  6. Bring your own headsets if you wish to watch videos.

Workshops

Together, the Writing, Reading, and Language Center; Academic Success Center; Library; and the Digital Learning Centers collaborate to provide a series of online workshops on a variety of topics. To attend any of the workshops, join via Zoom. All workshops will be live streamed via Zoomnew window.

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.

Contact Us

WRLC Staff
Name Title Phone Email
Tanya Camp Learning Center Manager 240-567-1558 tanya.camp@montgomerycollege.edunew window
Margaret (Peg) LaRocca  Administrative Aide 240-567-3962 margaret.larocca@montgomerycollege.edu
Ellen Ayres Instructional Associate 240-567-1484
ellen.ayres@montgomerycollege.edu
Sandra Grady Instructional Associate 240-567-1557 sandra.grady@montgomerycollege.edu
Shaline Kirkland Instructional Associate 240-567-1406 shaline.kirkland@montgomerycollege.edu
Jeremy Lignelli Instructional Associate 240-567-1459 jeremy.lignelli@montgomerycollege.edu
Mary Mowen Instructional Associate 240-567-6137 mary.mowen@montgomerycollege.edu