Learning Commons

Writing Assistance

Our writing tutors can help students with any aspect of the writing process, including:

  • Creating an outline for the paper
  • Reviewing the structure and content of the first draft
  • Identifying issues with grammar and sentence structure
  • Providing feedback on the final draft of the work


Tutors do not serve as editors of students’ papers.  Rather, they assist students in a manner that moves along the writing process, and strengthens the students’ own skills and confidence with writing.  Students should arrive at appointments with a description of the original assignment, a first draft if possible, and a willingness to be open to feedback.

To schedule an appointment with a writing tutor at either Portland, Gorham or Lewiston-Auburn, please visit http://usm.askonline.net.  A tutorial video will help you create your account and schedule an appointment.  You can also call (207)780-4228.

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Writing Wrting LibGuide