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Orientation to College: Writing

Smarthinking

Smarthinking is available to all Jefferson State English and Math students.  View the brochure for additional information.

Smarthinking's tutors work with students onlineusing a virtual whiteboard.  Students can also submit questions offline at anytime and a tutor will respond within 24 hours.

Tutoring

Math Tutoring

Math tutors for MTH090, MTH098, and MTH098S are available at each campus.  Please see your campus below for the current term's schedule.

Jefferson -Centerpoint Campus - LWH 206

  • Monday and Wednesday
    • 1:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday
    • 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Shelby - Hoover Campus - GSB 122 [Library]

  • Monday, Wednesday,and Thursday
    • 10:00am - 12:30pm
    • 1:00pm – 4:30pm

St. Clair - Pell City Campus - Room 223

  • Monday and Wednesday
    • 5:00pm - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday
    • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Chilton - Clanton Campus - Room 209

Schedule alternates by weeks:

  • Week 1:  Monday 1:00pm - 9:00pm; Tuesday 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Week 2:  Wednesday 1:00pm - 9:00pm; Thursday 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Week 3:  Monday 1:00pm - 9:00pm; Tuesday 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Week 4:  Wednesday 1:00pm - 9:00pm; Thursday 9:00am - 1:00pm

This pattern continues throughout the semester.


English Tutoring

Tutoring by qualified instructors for writing and/or English courses is available at the Shelby - Hoover and Jefferson Campuses beginning this fall term.  Students can also meet for a 30-minute writing consultation, working one-on-one with a writing coach for any writing assignment in a JSCC course.

Shelby Campus - GSB 122 [Library]

Monday and Wednesday:  12:00pm - 3:00pm

Tuesday and Thursday:  12:30pm - 3:30pm

Jefferson Campus - BDH 219

Monday and Wednesday:  11:15am - 2:15pm

Tuesday and Thursday:  1:00pm - 4:00pm

Skills Review

No matter what major you pursue, if you can’t express yourself clearly in writing, your grades (and confidence) will suffer. The resources below include techniques you can apply to any writing assignment for class — and even emails, resumes, and the writing you do for fun. Get started here:

  • Begin with the Writing Skills Tutorial, which guides you through the writing process from start to finish. Learn strategies for coming up with original ideas, organizing them in a clear way, finding the right tone, and catching errors before you submit your work. Then use the prompt at the end of the tutorial to draft a sample essay, and review the instant feedback when you’re done.
  • Build your skills further with question sets targeting the foundations of great academic writing.
  • Finally, practice your new skills in your writing for class, and return to the tutorial as needed if you see a pattern in your instructors’ comments on your work.

Writing

No matter what major you pursue, if you can’t express yourself clearly in writing, your grades (and confidence) will suffer. The resources below include techniques you can apply to any writing assignment for class — and even emails, resumes, and the writing you do for fun. Get started here:

  • Begin with the Writing Skills Tutorial, which guides you through the writing process from start to finish. Learn strategies for coming up with original ideas, organizing them in a clear way, finding the right tone, and catching errors before you submit your work. Then use the prompt at the end of the tutorial to draft a sample essay, and review the instant feedback when you’re done.
  • Build your skills further with question sets targeting the foundations of great academic writing.
  • Finally, practice your new skills in your writing for class, and return to the tutorial as needed if you see a pattern in your instructors’ comments on your work.

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