Collin College Writing Centers

Welcome to the Online Writing Lab.

If you're a current student of Collin College and need help with your writing, you've come to the right place.

Select a link on the right menu to access online tutoring. Before choosing a link, please review the 'Owl Systems' information below so you can pick the resource most appropriate for your needs.

OWL consultants will assist students in learning how to:

  • Construct a thesis statement, topic sentence, or determine the focus of the paper.
  • Develop and connect supporting ideas to the main idea, or thesis statement.
  • Determine the cohesiveness of the paper, holistically, and suggest ways to improve sentence structure or the connection of ideas.
  • Answer questions pertaining to topics such as MLA, grammar, structure, and main ideas (thesis sentence or topic sentences). 
  • Understand the assignment and brainstorm, plan, and organize ideas for a writing assignment in a virtual tutoring session.

Owl Consultants will not write papers for students, proofread or edit papers, judge papers according to grade, or guarantee a quick “fix” for students' writing problems. 

OWL Systems (right menu):

'VirtualMuse' is an online synchronous appointment system where students and consultants use audio and chat functions to review essays in real time.  Students may make one virtual appointment with a writing consultant per week. Students should upload their drafts at the time they schedule their virtual appointments.

'DropBox' is an asynchronous essay review system that allows students to upload a draft for consultant feedback. Students must upload a draft when they reserve a time block. Consultants return submitted essays by midnight two days after submission and often sooner.