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Writing & Research Methods Tutors

Located on the lower ground floor of McGuinn Hall, the Social Work Library supports the teaching and research needs of the Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW)

BCSSW Writing Tutors

BCSSW Graduate Assistant Writing Tutors are an added service available to members of the BCSSW community.

Tutors will provide feedback on:

  • Conceptualization
  • Logical development of ideas
  • Organizational structure

Remember—tutors are NOT editors or proofreaders. They will give feedback about sentence structure, grammatical usage and APA style, but they will not make corrections. Each student is responsible for learning and using APA format appropriately. See below for additional resources.

Writing Tutor Contact:

Availability:  SW Writing Tutors are primarily available via email Tuesday through Sunday during the academic year. 

Student to email: 5 pages of assignment to be reviewed in a word or google doc, the rubric, due date and assignment.

Submission Details

All attempts will be made to turnaround the paper within 48 hours.  Please plan accordingly as the turnaround time could be longer during the midterms and finals.  It is advised to reference the 5 double spaced pages you would like to be reviewed when you submit the paper as the review is limited to 5 pages of one paper.  Include the rubric, due date, assignment and what you would like the tutor to focus on when reviewing the paper.  Multiple submissions of the same paper will not be reviewed in fairness to all students requesting assistance.  Each student is responsible for using the same principles used during the edit to then self-review the remaining pages of the submitted paper.  To submit papers electronically with a Word doc or Google doc please send a message to

This is a free voluntary service created to assist the students at BCSSW.  Final outcome of the grade is dependent on the student's own efforts to meet the requirements of the assignment.  All BCSSW students are welcome to seek professional writing services outside of the University. 

SCWK 7747 Research Methods Tutoring Services

What kind of assistance can I expect?

  • Help searching for and understanding research articles for your literature review
  • Help conceptualizing and designing your study for your proposal
  • Help preparing for the final assignment

When and Where are the Tutoring Sessions

Day Time Availability Meeting Type
Monday 3pm-6:30pm 30 minute, one on one or with a small group Zoom
Thursday 12:30pm-2pm Group drop-in tutoring session In person (SW Library study room)
Thursday 12:30pm-2pm; 4pm-6pm 30 minute, one on one or with a small group Zoom
Friday 1pm-2pm 30 minute, one on one or with a small group In person

How do I request an appointment?

  • Submit your request via the online booking form or the following QR code 24 hours or more in advance.

  • You will receive a confirmation email from the Tutor Coordinator including date, time, & location/link (Tutor will be cc'd)
  • If you would like to attend the group drop in hours on Thursdays 12:30pm-2:00pm in the SW library study room, you can specify that on the google form (it is preferred that you sign up for the drop-in hours; if you just drop by, those with an appointment will have priority).

Need to cancel?

  • You can cancel up to one day in advance by contacting your tutor directly (by replying to the confirmation email) or emailing Diego Suarez (
  • if you do not cancel and do not show up for an appointment, then subsequent appointment requests are not guaranteed to be fulfilled


  • Can I work with a tutor for the final assignment?
    • You can work with tutors to get ready for the final assignment but not when completing the final assignment.
  • Can tutors review drafts of my paper?
    • No, tutors should not be reviewing drafts of papers (there are writing tutors available for this purpose). Instead they can work with you to refine your understanding and application of research methods topics.

Connors Family Learning Center (CFLC)

The Center is also a resource available to you for writing support and other tutoring services. Located in the O'Neill Library on the second floor, the CFLC offers subject tutoring and learning disabilities services in addition to the writing assistance.

To schedule a tutoring appointment call, 617-552-0611 or stop by The Center to set up a time to meet with someone.

The Connors Family Learning Center (CFLC)
O'Neill Library, Room 200
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA  02467