Learning Support: Appointment Types and Locations

Resources for students in the Suzanne Dworak Peck School School of Social Work's MSW, MSN, and DSW programs.

Appointment Types and Locations

Appointment Types

All appointments, tutorials, and group discussion sessions are designed to help you improve your writing skills  To sign up for an appointment, click the big blue button on our "Welcome" page.

One-on-One Appointments

45-minute appointments are designed to teach you concepts related to the drafting and revision process of a full or partial draft. If we receive your draft and assignment guidelines 24 hours before the appointment time, we are able to write feedback in advance of the appointment. Even if we do not receive your materials 24 hours in advance, we will still discuss your draft together during the appointment. Please note that we are not proofreaders; therefore, most of the feedback will appear on the first few pages of the paper and you are expected to apply what you learn to the rest of your assignment.

Professor Referral Appointments are 45 minutes long and designed to help you address concerns expressed by your professor in prior feedback. If you send your draft, assignment guidelines, and professor's comments 24 hours before the appointment, we are able to provide feedback in advance of the appointment. Even if we do not receive your materials 24 hours in advance, we will still discuss your draft during the appointment.

Group Tutorial Sessions

Writing Tutorials provide information and skills development for a particular writing topic such as APA, grammar, literature reviews, or paragraph structure. These tutorials are most frequent at the start of the semester, but you are welcome to email us with requests for tutorials later in the semester as well.

Feedback by Email

Students may email a paper once per assignment for feedback from a writing coach and once for feedback from a content tutor (500-level courses). For example, if you receive feedback from a writing coach on SOWK 536 Assignment #1, you cannot submit Assignment #1 again for feedback from a writing coach. 

To submit, email msw.learningsupport@usc.edu and send 1) your draft in MS Word format 2) assignment instructions 3) course # 4) due date/time and 5) whether you prefer feedback from a writing coach or content tutor or have no preference.

We provide comments as time allows and encourage you to submit your assignment for review a minimum of 3 days before it is due to increase the likelihood that our of staff will be able to review it and to leave yourself time for substantial revision based on our comments, if needed. 

Please be aware that we are not a proofreading service and will not comment on every page of a draft.  Instead, we spend about an hour providing comments on each paper by identifying issues and patterns of errors and as well as making suggestions on how to improve the paper by addressing these issues or errors.  As a graduate student, you are expected to apply what you learn from these comments to the rest of your paper.


University Park Campus (UPC) - We have offices in the MRF and SWC buildings - check with your writing coach or content tutor for a specific place. UPC students may also choose the online option.

Orange County (OCAC) - OCAC students may choose the online option.

Virtual Academic Center (VAC) - We will meet with you on the VAC platform. Look under live sessions for your name.

Nursing@USC -  We will meet with you on the nursing@usc platform - Look under live sessions for your name.

DSW@USC - We will meet with you on your online platform. Look under live sessions for the tutorial name.

Online at GoToMeeting - Many online group tutorials and online meetings with UPC students will take place on the GoToMeeting platform.  You will receive a link by email when you sign up.

Content Tutors and Writing Coaches

Writing Coaches focus on adherence to assignment instructions, working on prewriting steps such as brainstorming and outlining, paper organization, APA style, and grammar. Please keep in mind writing coaches are not editors or proofreaders; rather, we will teach you to develop your writing skills.

Content Tutors are only available by direct professor referral and only to assist with 500-level MSW course concepts and papers.  Content tutors  focus on adherence to assignment guidelines as well as understanding of learned course concepts and theories. Content tutors are not able to assist with quizzes, though they are able to review concepts related to quiz topics. Nursing@USC students in SOWK 506 who are referred by a professor are also welcome to make an appointment with a content tutor.