Our appointments fill quickly, so sign up for your session today!

We can work with you by appointment through chat, videoconferencing and email. Don't have an appointment and need help now? No problem! Call and we will work you in without an appointment. (Wait times may vary, depending on how full our scheduled appointments are. Scheduling is always recommended.)  



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Live Video Conference

Choose "Live Video Chat" when you sign up for your appointment and your tutor will email you an invitation, inviting you to an online video conference through Kent State University Google Meet. Click the link in the invitation email to join the meeting, and start talking with your tutor!


Live Text Chat

Choose "Live Text Chat" when you sign up for your appointment and your tutor will send a text chat request to your Kent State University email. Respond to the chat request to start talking with your tutor! 

Text chat and video conferencing sessions are interactive. Your tutor will collaborate with you live to help you improve your writing strategies, to offer reader feedback and support, and to find resources with you. You will need to be on your Kent State University Gmail account for these sessions. You and your tutor can share files and interact much as you would in an in-person session. If you are unfamiliar with Google Apps, we have prepared detailed instructions on Using Google Docs.


Email Online Writing Lab (OWL) Appointments

Schedule an Online Writing Lab Appointment to schedule a session online, without having to be present at the Writing Commons or to be online with your tutor at the time of the session. In order to schedule an email OWL session you will be asked to provide substantial information about your draft and about your writing process. The information we require you to send us takes the place of the give-and-take of conversation in an in-person session with a tutor. 

Email OWL sessions have the same goals as in-person sessions: to help you become productive and successful as a writer! The Writing Commons is not a proofreading service, and we cannot edit and proofread for you. We can, instead, help you locate resources, and notice patterns so that you can learn to edit and proofread for yourself. Everyone at the university must be confident that students are doing their own work, and that work includes the work of editing and proofreading.


How to Schedule an Appointment



Please watch the video and/or download the pdf below.

Video or Text Chat



Please watch the video and/or download the pdf below.

Email (OWL) 

 PDF icon How to Schedule an OWL Email Appointment.pdf

Note: All scheduled appointments can last up to 45 minutes. Unscheduled, "walk-in" sessions are worked in around our scheduled appointments and may be considerably shorter. To assure a 45-minute session, please schedule an appointment.

Note: Your tutor may be observed for training and professional development purposes by another member of our staff during your session. If you have questions or concerns about this practice, please contact our Director, Jeanne R. Smith, at jrsmith3@kent.edu.


The Writing Commons allows unscheduled "walk-in" online sessions, which do not require a scheduled appointment, even when all our sessions are filled. When a tutor's session ends early, the tutor will be available to work with a student who wants to be worked in as an unscheduled session. This means that unscheduled sessions are almost always less than 45 minutes in duration, so we encourage students to schedule appointments to receive the entire appointment time.