Communications Resource Center (CRC) 



To provide an environment and services to assist students with improvement

of their written and spoken communications skills






CRC hours on all campuses

will begin week of September 2, 2014

Newark Campus

Warner Center Room 206

Phone: (740) 364-9538

on Newark campus: ext. 49538

Hours for Autumn Semester 2014:

Monday         9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Tuesday        9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Wednesday   9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Thursday       9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Friday          12:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Knox Campus (CAS area)

Hours for Autumn Semester 2014:

Monday         12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuesday          9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday     9:00 am – 12:00 pm









Pataskala Campus (Room 102)

Hours for Autumn Semester 2014:

Monday          9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tuesday         9:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Wednesday    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday      12:00 pm – 4:00 pm









Coshocton Campus (MH465)

Hours for Autumn Semester 2014:

Monday         2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Tuesday        2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Wednesday   2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Thursday       2:30 pm - 4:30 pm






Work on your own

Work on your own on written and spoken communications - NOT just for students currently enrolled in a communications course.  For example, a student is welcome to work on a paper or presentation for a Cultural Diversity class.

Laptop computers are available for students to use

Access MyWritingLab, MyCompLab, etc. + resources at helpful sites (see list below)


Get advice when needed

 Feel free to ask for advice from a consultant (tutor) when you desire.


Schedule an appointment

If you would like to receive special attention for your written or spoken communication,

schedule an appointment to meet with a consultant (tutor) for a 30-minute session.


Online/phone support

Call the tutor phone line directly (740) 364-9538

OR call the toll-free campus number (800) 9NEWARK

(select option 1, then dial extension 49538)

Speak with a writing/speech tutor

and share a screen view on your computer

(if you have a computer connection with the internet)

This online service is available during hours the Newark campus CRC is open.

 Additional FREE online support (Etutoring and Smarthinking) is provided by

the Tutoring Center.  Call (740) 366-9168 for more information.



Links to helpful resources 

Creating a Thesis Statement



MLA Formatting and Style Guide



APA Formatting and Style Guide



Evaluate Your Writing (FREE Online Resource)

  • Includes: Plagiarism Detection, Auto Grader, Spelling and Grammar Check, Style and Word Choice Analysis, Readability Statistics, Title Validation, Vocabulary Builder tool



Grammar Checker (FREE Online Resource)

Includes 150+ Grammar Checks, Plagiarism Detection, Vocabulary Enhancement, Contextual Spell Check



Online Mind/Concept Mapping (FREE Online Resource)



Mind/Concept Mapping Software (FREE Download)



ESL Instructors and Students



APA Template

Download Document 


MLA Template

Download Document


How to show readability statistics and take a screen shot in Office 2010

Download Document 


How to show readability statistics and take a screen shot in Office 2013

Download Document 


How to create a bibliography in Google Docs




What We Do:

The Writing Lab portion of the CRC provides resources for students to become more confident and resourceful in their writing skills.  Students may use a laptop computer in the lab to work on written communication.  In addition, students may consult with a writing consultant (tutor) or schedule an appointment for a 30-minute session to work with a writing consultant (tutor). 


The Speech Lab portion of the CRC will focus upon providing resources for students to become more confident and resourceful in their spoken communication skills.  Students may use a laptop computer in the lab to work on preparation for spoken communication.  In addition, students may use the spoken communication room to practice a speech or presentation.  Also, students may consult with a speech consultant (tutor) or schedule an appointment for a 30-minute session to work with a speech consultant (tutor). 



What We Don’t Do:

- write papers for students

- "fix" papers by editing or proofreading them

- tell writers what grade we feel a paper or presentation deserves

- pretend we know everything



 What We Provide:

- 24 laptop computers on which people can work

- pay-to-print capability

- 30-minute scheduled appointments and drop-in sessions with qualified consultants 


-  a room in which students can practice and record spoken presentations

- flip video cameras which students can borrow



Scheduled Session:


Making An Appointment

Do I need an appointment to see a consultant (tutor)? 

No. Walk-ins are always welcome; however, if you want to be sure that you can see a consultant (tutor), you should make an appointment in advance.


How do I make an appointment?

Students may make an appointment where there are sign-up sheets on the bulletin board in the hallway outside the CRC where: 

- one sign-up sheet is for writing sessions

- another sign-up sheet is for speech (spoken communications) sessions.


How long is a session with a consultant (tutor)? 

A session with a consultant (tutor) is 30 minutes long.  A consultant (tutor) may extend the session if it would be beneficial for the student and if there are no other students waiting to be helped. 


How many sessions may I schedule? 

In order to serve as many students as possible, the CRC limits students to scheduling a maximum of two sessions per day and three sessions per week (Monday through Saturday).


How far in advance may I make an appointment?

You may schedule appointments for the current week plus the following week.


What if I can not keep my appointment?

If you have made an appointment and are unable to keep it, you should contact the CRC as soon as possible to cancel your appointment. This will allow the CRC to clear the appointment slot for another student.  The phone number to call is (740) 364-9538.  


What happens if I do not contact the CRC?

If you do not show up for your appointment and you do not notify the CRC, you will be marked as a "no show."  If you are marked as a "no show" more than once, you will no longer be able to schedule appointments for the current quarter. 


Before the Session

What should I bring to my tutoring session?

You should bring the syllabus from your course, the assignment instructions, the assignment rubric, a pen or pencil, whatever work you already have completed, and any questions or concerns you have. 


During the Session 

What should I do when I arrive at the CRC?

You should first sign in on Tutor Trac and on the paper sign-in sheet.  


What happens during a session?

You will provide information which will help you and the tutor (consultant) to make the best use of your time together.  This includes completion of the top part of the Success Report.  The consultant (tutor) will discuss your assignment with you and help you to address some of your concerns with the assignment.  The boxes below, which are included on the Success Report, include issues which students may consider to receive attention.


Why don’t consultants (tutors) correct and edit my work for me?

The CRC is not an editing or proofreading service.  The main role of the consultant (tutor) is to help students become better writers through a dialogue of the ideas in the student’s essay and through assisting in development, organization and analysis of the essay.  Even though consultants (tutors) will not correct or edit an essay for you, they can help you develop the skills and strategies to locate and fix your own errors if you would like.  Although the focus of a session is usually on a student’s paper, the end goal is to improve the writer and not the paper.


Why do consultants (tutors) sometimes have me read my essay out loud?

Reading the essay out loud is helpful to both the student and the consultant (tutor).  Reading out loud often helps students find errors in their writing they may miss otherwise.  In addition, for ESL students, it is a chance to practice speaking English.  Also, while the student reads the essay out loud, the consultant (tutor) can focus on listening to the ideas of the essay in order to think of questions and comments to help the student.


Do I need to read my entire essay out loud?

Depending on the focus of the session and the length of the paper, it may not be necessary to read the whole essay.  Reading a ten page paper out loud might take up the entire session.  In that case, the consultant (tutor) will most likely ask you to read the thesis statement, topic sentences and whatever areas are of particular concern to you.


After the Session

What should I do when the session is over?

You will need to sign out on paper and on Tutor Trac before leaving the CRC.  You also can make an appointment for future sessions.  And then it is up to you to determine what revisions you will make to your written or spoken communication. 


How will I know what I should work on after the session?

Normally, students may write out notes and comments during the tutoring session.  These notes are especially helpful to students when they continue to revise their written or spoken communication after the tutoring session.  Also, during the last few minutes of the session, the student and consultant (tutor) will summarize what they discussed in the session.  The consultant (tutor) might also help the student formulate a plan on what to do next with the essay.  


What if I want to continue working with a consultant (tutor)?

Currently, consultants (tutors) adhere to the thirty minute appointment schedule.  However, a consultant (tutor) may extend the session if it would be beneficial for the student and if there are no other students waiting to be helped.  Also, if there is another consultant (tutor) available, you can get additional assistance.


Will my instructor know I came to the CRC?

The CRC keeps records of all visits and sessions, but it is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor regarding their visits/sessions if the student chooses to do so.  The only exception to this rule is when a student has agreed in advance to allow information regarding their visits and sessions to be released to their instructor, academic advisor, or some other designated person.  In such cases, the CRC will need to confirm the student’s waiver. 


Besides the CRC, are there any other services that COTC offers to provide academic support outside the classroom?

In addition to the CRC, there are numerous other services provided, including:

- the Math Lab

- the Tutoring Center

- the Learning Skills Specialist.


Please ask a consultant (tutor) for more information regarding any of these services.

The Newark Campus

1179 University Drive
Newark, OH 43055

The Coshocton Campus

200 North Whitewoman Street
Coshocton, OH 43812

The Knox Campus

236 S. Main St
Mount Vernon Ohio 43050

The Pataskala Campus

8660 East Broad Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

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