TutorChat | Kent State Stark | Kent State University


Set Up a Live TutorChat Session

Do you need help with a paper, but can’t make it to campus? The Writing Center has a solution: TutorChat! Using Google Hangouts, the Writing Center now offers synchronous online tutoring. Get all the advantages of a face-to-face tutoring session from the comfort of your home.   

To use TutorChat, you will need the following:

  • Internet access.
  • A desktop or laptop computer is preferred, though it is possible to work on a tablet. However, please do not attempt to work from a cell phone.
  • A webcam and microphone. Many devices have these built-in, but some may require you to obtain one or both separately.
  • Headphones may be useful, but not required.

Scheduling a TutorChat Session through TutorTrac

  • You will need to first schedule an appointment using TutorTrac.
  • Go to the Writing Center's TutorTrac website.
  • Enter you FlashLine username and password.
  • Once logged in, click on “Search Availability…” Within the “Center” drop-field, select “Stark Writing Center.” Then click on “Search.”
  • When the “Available Time Slots” screen appears, select a time slot that fits your schedule. Be aware that a session cannot be scheduled less than 24 hours ahead of time or more than 7 days in advance.
  • Complete your information. Under “Reason” be sure to select “Online TutorChat Session.”
  • Email your paper to ksustarkwriting@kent.edu at least 12 hours in advance.
  • You may also schedule an appointment by visiting the Writing Center in the Library, or by calling us at 330-244-3299.

Instructions for Online Session

  1. Log into FlashLine as you would normally.
  2. In a separate tab, go to http://hangouts.google.com.
  3. If you are logged into your FlashLine account, you should be automatically logged in to Google Hangouts.
  4. Wait for “KentStark WritingCenter” (ksustarkwriting@kent.edu) to invite you to join the conference.