Writing & Study Skills Center
Welcome to the Writing and Study Skills Center. We are located in Muntz Hall, Room 112K.
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!
Two Ways to Get in Touch
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).
Meet with us for feedback
Meet with a tutor on Zoom to talk about your writing and study skills questions. Book your appointment using TutorTrac. For information on how to book an appointment using TutorTrac, please see below. Having issues? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I Could Tell You, But Let me Show You
Strategies for Application Essays
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 21 on Zoom!
This workshop offers advice on writing essays for scholarships, selective admission programs, re-entry into your major/program, cover letters, job applications, and more! We will talk about your writing process and look at some example essay prompts and responses.
10th Annual Scary Story Contest
Submit your story in UC Blue Ash College's 10th Annual Scary Story Contest and earn a chance to get a prize for 1st place, as well as publication in the Blue Ash Review for the top three entries.
- Deadline for Submission: Friday, October 29 by 11:59 pm
- The contest is open to any student who is currently enrolled in at least one class at UCBA
- Stories may be no longer than 1,000 words
- We enjoy mysterious, suspenseful, thrilling, or humorous scary tales of a nonviolent nature
- Submissions must be made electronically at ucblueash.edu/scary2021
- Any submission that does not meet the basic requirements may be disqualified
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.
In our holistic approach to learning, we value open-mindedness, creative self-expression, collaboration, community, and reflection.
- 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
- 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
|Monday||9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
|Friday||9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.|
About Our Staff
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.
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.
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!
Eric Van Hoose
Writing and Study Skills Center Manager, Adjunct Assistant Professor of English
Muntz Hall 112K
Before joining the Writing and Study Skills center, Eric Van Hoose earned a bachelor's degree in English here at UC and a master's in literature at Syracuse University. Currently, he’s working toward a PhD in creative writing. 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.
Hannah Young is from Cincinnati, and she earned her undergraduate degrees in Linguistics and Romance Languages at The Ohio State University. Before returning to her hometown to join UCBA, she spent time studying in Spain and teaching English at Lucian Blaga University in Romania. Her specialties are historical and socio-linguistics, and she loves bringing the science of language into the English classroom. She is excited to get to know the students of UCBA and work with them to be more confident writers and critical thinkers.
Eric Van Hoose
Writing and Study Skills Center Manager
Muntz Hall 112K