Due to precautions regarding COVID-19, the Morgan State Writing Center will provide only online tutorials until Monday, April 6th. Tutorials are available to all members of the Morgan State community and are accessible to anyone who has access to their Morgan State Google account.
Making an Appointment
Appointments must be made through email only. Send a message to email@example.com and include the following:
- Your name
- The type of assignment you are working on
- The date/and time you'd like your appointment (Monday-Friday, 9-5)
In general, it's best to request your appointment at least 24 hours ahead of time. We will, however, accommodate all requests to the best of our abilities, even if they are made on short notice.
Please note that the Writing Center is only open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. If you send your request after hours, we will respond as soon as we resume business.
Before Your Appointment
Online tutorials make use of two programs: Google Meet and Google Docs. Both of these are accessible from your Morgan State email inbox. To access them, click the icon that's made up of 9 little dots next to the Morgan logo in the upper-left hand corner of the screen. The Docs icon resembles a blue piece of paper, and the Meet icon is a picture of a grey camera inside a grey apostrophe.
Click on each, and so long as you're logged in to your Morgan email, you should automatically log in to the additional apps.
If your camera and microphone are working properly, Google Meet should be able to access them. If this is your first time using Meet, you will need to give the program permission to access your camera and microphone.
Upload your Document(s) and Share it With Your Tutor
At least 10 minutes before your confirmed appointment time, upload your document into Google docs. This can be done simply by copying and pasting the document from an MSWord, Pages, or Open Office document. If you've already composed the document in Google Docs, it should be ready to go!
Once the document is ready, click the blue "Share" button in the upper left-hand corner. Once prompted, enter the email address of the tutor with whom you will be working (you should be provided the address when you receive a confirmation of your appointment).
To save time, you might also want to upload and share any other relevant documents with your tutor. These can include assignment prompts/rubrics, relevant sources, and any feedback you've received from your instructors.
Log into Google Meet at the Scheduled Time
Before the start of your appointment, your tutor will email you a unique Meeting Code that will allow you and your tutor to communicate during the tutorial. Copy the code from your email and enter it into the "Use a meeting code" field that you'll see on the first page of Meet. Once you connect, you and your tutor will speak to one another through Meet, while you work on the paper in Docs.
These may seem like a lot of steps, but once you get the hang of it you'll find it's as easy as logging in to any social media or productivity platform.