UC Blue Ash College

Writing & Study Skills Center

Welcome to the Writing and Study Skills Center! We offer individual and group tutoring sessions to help students build the foundational skills they need to thrive in college and beyond. Our professional tutors can help you build strategies to become a better writer, reader, and student. All of our tutoring is free to UC Blue Ash students. To chat with a tutor, schedule a live session, or send in your work for feedback, please see below!

Please note: The Writing and Study Skills Center will be closed from December 9th, 2022 through January 9th, 2023. We will re-open for our regular hours (see below) on Monday, January 9th 2023.


Two Ways to Get in Touch

Meet with us for feedback

Meet with a tutor in-person or on Zoom to talk about your writing and study skills questions. Drop into the WSSC, located in Muntz 112K, or book your appointment using TutorTrac.

For information on how to book an appointment using TutorTrac, please see below. For questions, please contact eric.vanhoose@uc.edu.

Submit your work for feedback

Send your work directly to our team to get feedback. We're able to comment on papers of six double-spaced pages or fewer. If you're working on something longer than six pages, we invite you to submit a shortened section or to schedule an appointment with a tutor.

One of our tutors will read your submission and provide written, audio, and/or video feedback to you via email within 24-48 hours (weekend turnaround times may be longer).

Mission Statement

The Writing and Study Skills Center at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College empowers UCBA students across the disciplines to develop as writers, strategize their success, talk about texts, and connect to community. Our caring and experienced staff collaborate with students through individualized, student-centered, goal-driven and reflective sessions that are grounded in multi-disciplinary scholarship.

Values Statement

In our holistic approach to learning, we value open-mindedness, creative self-expression, collaboration, community, and reflection.

Writing Services

  • Individual tutoring sessions that provide one hour of tutoring combined with critical reflection on the skills being practiced.
  • We can help at any stage in the writing process to develop a student's writing skills and critical thinking in all disciplines--not just English

Reading Services

  • Individual tutoring sessions provide one hour of one-on-one work with a tutor to help build critical reading strategies geared toward helping students comprehend college-level texts in all disciplines.
  • Sessions can help students build reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, and vocabulary.
  • We can develop individualized reading programs for independent study.
  • We provide language and reading support for non-native speakers of English.

Study Skills Services

  • Individual tutoring sessions provide one-on-one or small group study skills tutoring in most academic subjects.
  • Interactive workshops on topics such as time management, organization, taking notes, improving memory/concentration, managing stress/test anxiety, problem solving, among others.
  • Test review service to help students improve their test-taking skills.

Writing and Study Skills Center Hours

Spring '23 Lab Hours

Day

Time

Monday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday     9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.      
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
Saturday/Sunday Closed

About Our Staff

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Alison A. Balaskovits

Academic Tutor

Muntz Hall 112K

513-558-9446

Alison A. Balaskovits received her Ph.D. In English from the University of Missouri in 2015. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she has lived throughout the American Midwest and South. She is the author of the award-winning collection of stories, Magic for Unlucky Girls (SFWP) and the Co-Editor-In-Chief for the literary magazine, Cartridge Lit. Before beginning at UC Blue Ash in the Writing and Study Skills Center, she has worked as an Instructor of English, a technical writer and a research assistant. Her specialties are creative writing and professional communication.  


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Charles Gabel

Academic Tutor

Muntz Hall 112K

513-558-9446

Charles Gabel is a writer from Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned a B.A. in Classical Civilization from Loyola University Chicago and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Boise State University, where he focused in poetry. He then worked for several years at the Cincinnati Public Library before coming to UCBA. At the Writing Center, Charles is especially excited to see creativity in all forms of writing.


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Breen Reardon

Academic Tutor

Muntz Hall 112K

513-558-9446

Breen Reardon first began thinking about English education as a career many years ago as an undergraduate peer tutor at Youngstown State University. After a 33-year teaching career, the last 27 of which were spent at Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, he is excited to return to a tutoring position at the Writing and Study Skills Center at UCBA. Breen has an B.A. in English Education and an M.A. in English, and in addition to his high school teaching career has taught undergraduate English classes at Ohio University and Miami University. He believes that writing is thinking and that everyone is a writer!


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Zac Tabler

Academic Tutor

Muntz Hall 112K

513-558-9446

Zac Tabler received his undergraduate degrees in International Studies and French from Miami University and holds a master’s degree in World Literatures and Cultures from the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada. Before coming to UCBA, Zac worked in Canada at a career center for immigrants and refugees. He has also spent time studying and working in France as an English teacher. Zac loves to travel and learn about other cultures, and he especially enjoys working with multilingual and multicultural students. His favorite thing about tutoring is building relationships with students and empowering them to see their own potential!


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Eric Van Hoose

Writing and Study Skills Center Manager, Adjunct Assistant Professor of English

Muntz Hall 112K

513-558-9446

Eric Van Hoose earned a bachelor's degree in English at UC, a master's in literature at Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in creative writing back here at UC. He loves storytelling of all kinds, especially fiction. His favorite thing about tutoring is working closely with students as they find their voices and discover new ways to share their ideas with the world.

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Contact Information

Eric Van Hoose
Writing and Study Skills Center Manager
Muntz Hall 112K
513-558-9446
eric.vanhoose@uc.edu