Language Arts Lab Online Tutoring

Instructions for Students

  1. Sign into www.google.com using your student email.
  2. Click on the grid icon in the upper right-hand corner and select “Hangouts.” You may need to click on “More” in order to find the appropriate icon.
  3. Click on the “Message” icon.
  4. Type the email address writing.reading.lab@gmail.com in the search box. Click on the icon for the email address that pops up below.
  5. A chat box (with the lab's email address at the top) should pop up on the right. In the box, type your name, your class name, professor’s name, and reason you would like tutoring. Next, click on the blue button Send Invite.
  6. Once a tutor becomes available, they will initiate a 'chat' with you in the box and provide a link to a Google doc where your tutoring session will take place.  Depending on how busy the tutoring lab is, you may have to wait a few minutes before a tutor responds to your message!
  7. Open the Google doc, copy and paste your writing into the Google doc so that your tutor can see it. Your tutor will communicate with you via the chat box and/or in comments on the document.
  8. Once your session has ended, be sure to copy your changes and save them onto your own computer since the Google doc shared with you may be deleted.

As with one-on-one tutoring in the lab, online tutoring sessions last about 30 minutes. Due to this time constraint, tutors might not be able to cover every concern in just one session. If you are interested in participating in a follow-up session, we ask that you wait for 30 minutes before signing up again.

If you have any questions, stop by the Language Arts Lab in 501 Cook Hall or call us at (616) 234-4244.

Please note that due to the limitations of online communication, we tend not to shy away from assisting students with document formatting issues.  For these questions, please visit the Language Arts Lab in 501 Cook Hall.