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

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


Per Montgomery College’s Coronavirus Response Plan, all learning centers will provide remote instruction until further notice. Please visit our  virtual tutoring page to sign up for virtual tutoring.


Hours

Interim (Monday, May 18 - Friday, June 5, 2020)

  • Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Welcome to the Writing, Reading, and Language (WRL) Center.  The WRL Center 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 computers, the Microsoft Office software suite, pay-for-print services, and various resources assigned by faculty. 

Need tutoring when the WRL Center is closed?  Try Smarthinking!

Hours of Operation


Term/Day of the week Hours
Fall / Spring  
Monday to Thursday 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
   
Summer  
Monday to Thursday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday C L O S E D
   
Winter Session  
Monday to Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday C L O S E D
Quick Question Desk Hours of Operation
Term/Day of the week Hours
Fall / Spring  
Monday to Thursday 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Friday  8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday  9:00 am - 12:30 pm
   
Summer  
Monday to Thursday 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday C L O S E D
Drop-in Tutoring 
Term/Day of the Week Hours
Fall / Spring  
Monday to Thursday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am -12:30 pm
   
Summer  
Monday to Thursday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 am
Saturday C L O S E D

Services

The WRL Center is located on the first floor of the Resource Center in RC-105.  The Center provides students with a place to study quietly, to compose and type writing assignments, and to collaborate on group projects. The open floor plan allows ample workspace for students working alone, in pairs or groups, or with tutors.  In addition to several computer labs and two group study rooms, the Center houses a Quick Question Desk (QQD), where students may ask tutors any number of questions about reading, writing, and language use. 

Tutoring Sign-ins (WCOnline)

All students must register for a WCOnline account before they can receive tutoring at the WRL Center (TP/SS). If you have not already done so, create your accountnew window.

Tutoring Policies (based on tutor availability)

  • Appointments: Students may make an appointment using their WCOnline account. Appointments may be made up to three days in advance but no later than the midnight before.
  • Drop-in Sessions: Students must work with the next available tutor.
  • Midterms and final exams: Tutors are not allowed to provide assistance on midterms or exams.

Tutoring Sessions

Students may have one tutoring session per day up to six days per week. Appointments are 30 minutes long and may be made by logging on to WCOnline. You may select from any available appointments, which appear as white boxes. Please see the front desk or the Quick Question Desk if you need assistance setting up your WCOnline account. Drop-in tutoring sessions are also 30 minutes in length and are based on tutor availability. During a tutoring session, either appointment or drop-in, the tutor will ask you about your goal(s) for the session and try to build one of the skills you will need to complete your work. The purpose of tutoring is to help you build your skills, not to generate perfect papers or check homework assignments.

What We Tutor

Grammar, Reading, Speech, and Writing: Tutors are available to assist students with grammar, reading, speech and writing during our regular hours of operation.

World Languages: Faculty tutors are available to assist students enrolled in language courses that are taught on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. Updated World Language tutoring schedules are available at the front desk, or call 240-567-1556 for more information.

How We Tutor: Drop-in

Please sign up for tutoring only when you are ready to be tutored. If you are not ready at the time your name is called, your name will be taken off the list, and you will have to sign up again.

Tutoring is conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Therefore, students cannot choose the tutor they would like to work with.

Your tutoring session may last 20 or 30 minutes depending on how many students are waiting to be seen.

How We Tutor: Appointment

You may make an appointment by signing on to WCOnline. You may select an available appointment up to three days in advance but no later than the midnight before. Available appointments appear as white boxes. Please make sure to select the correct learning center location; please note that each learning center requires its own WCOnline account.

How We Tutor:  Quick Question

If you would like an immediate answer to a question, please consult the staff tutor at the Quick Question Desk (QQD).
For example, your question(s) may be concerned with one or more of the following areas:

  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Main idea
  • Organization
  • The writing process
  • Thesis

You may ask a question as many times as needed. For example, if you asked the same question once but forgot or did not completely understand the answer, ask again! However, if it takes the staff tutor longer than a few minutes to answer your question, you may be asked to sign-up for tutoring. (See drop-in and/or appointments above).

How to Get the Most from Your Tutoring Session

Be active!  Be organized!  Your tutoring session will be a discussion 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. Be ready to talk: Your tutor will ask you questions about your assignment and your skills.
  2. Have your materials ready: Bring 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 you sit down with a tutor 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.

The Computer Tutorial Language Center (CTLC), which is housed in the WRL Center, is located in room 105J.  The CTLC offers the following supplemental instructional software. 

  • eEnglish
  • MyEnglishLab
  • Extempore

 Find out more about Printing on Campus. 

The WRL Center and the Library at Takoma Park are located in the Resource Center on New York Avenue. Together, these two units provide an integrated service that helps students learn how to approach and gain the skills needed to meet the high academic requirements of their assignments.

Together, the WRL Center and the Library maintain a common space for collaborative learning that includes access to instructional resources in the form of computer and print based materials, computer labs with access to instructional and/or Web based software, individual and group consultations, as well as individual and group study areas. As a result, the WRL Center and the Library see frequent circulating traffic as students who compose papers in the Center often go to the Library for sources and then return to the Center for word processing and/or tutoring. The WRL Center and Library also offer collaborative workshops that allow students  the time and place to discuss and practice their scholarship.

Contact Us

WRLC Staff
Name Title Phone Email
Tanya Camp Learning Center Manager 240-567-1558 tanya.camp@montgomerycollege.edu
Margaret (Peg) LaRocca  Administrative Aide 240-567-3962 margaret.larocca@montgomerycollege.edu
Karen Blinder Instructional Associate 240-567-1484 karen.blinder@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 240-567-3974 mary.mowen@montgomerycollege.edu
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