Online Tutoring

We offer online tutoring services for students whose schedules or distance from campus prevent them from coming to the Writing Center in person, such as students taking courses remotely.

How Online Tutoring Works 

Our tutors conduct online tutorials in real time by viewing your paper in Google Docs; they will talk through your paper with you via Google Docs' instant messaging feature or by phone, based on your preference. Online appointments typically last between 30 and 45 minutes.

Please note that you must schedule online appointments in advance. Tutors are only available for scheduling and conducting online tutorials during the writing center's business hours (available here.) Additionally, you must be available by phone or instant message for the duration of the session, as online tutoring is an interactive service that requires your participation.

For essays longer than 5 pages, you may need to schedule multiple appointments. Simply notify the Writing Center when scheduling your appointment that your submission is part of a longer work.

Scheduling an Online Tutorial 

  1. Download and complete this cover letter.
  2. Attach the cover letter and your paper in an email to writing@nmu.eduWe will not schedule an appointment if the cover letter is not attached.
  3. A writing center tutor will email you to confirm your online tutorial time and provide further instructions for using Google Docs.
  4. At the time of your appointment, log in to Google Docs and go to the version of the paper you shared with the Writing Center staff. You will work with your tutor to improve your writing using a combination of chat features and text editing.


Already had an online tutorial? We'd love your feedback! Please email us at to let us know how your online tutoring session went.