Online Tutoring

We encourage students to take advantage of online tutoring while keeping in mind that face-to-face tutoring at the Writing Center will always be superior.  Online tutoring is mainly to be used for students who are unable to come to campus or are graduate students working on longer papers off campus.

If you would like to have an online tutorial, you must plan ahead. Please allow a 24-48 hour response time from the tutor once you submit your paper. In addition, submissions should be no longer than 5 pages. If a paper exceeds 5 pages, the document should most likely be worked on in person. However, if circumstances make attending the Writing Center too difficult, a paper may be divided up for online tutoring submission. Simply notify the tutor in your email that your submission is a part of a larger work. 

Procedure for Online Tutoring:

  1. Send your paper and this cover letter to A paper will not be reviewed if the cover letter is not attached. A Writing Center tutor will confirm your online tutorial.
  2. A Writing Center tutor will read through your cover letter and paper, making comments, suggestions, or questions using the Review tab in Microsoft Word.
  3. The tutor will send your paper back to you via email with his or her comments. At this time, the tutor will ask if you would like to meet via Skype chat to go over the tutor’s comments or any further questions you might have about confusing concepts or sections.
  4. In order to meet via Skype, you will have to add nmuwritingcenter1 (or 2 or 3) to your Skype contacts. The tutor will give you his or her available times, and you will confirm with the tutor.


Please provide feedback about our online tutoring service by e-mailing us your testimonial at