UC Blue Ash College

Writing & Study Skills Center

Writing and Study Skills Center Staff group in front of Progress Hall

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.

TutorTrac

The Writing and Study Skills Center is now taking appointments through TutorTrac. UC Blue Ash Students now use the following tool to register a time to meet with a tutor. Appointments are highly recommended, but walk-ins can be accommodated provided a tutor is available. Having issues? Feel free to email eric.vanhoose@uc.edu if you struggle or have any questions about this new tool. 

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.
  • In-progress sessions are available to allow students to work on their writing projects while having access to a tutor.
  • 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.

Student Groups

When studying or working through classwork, it can often be helpful to work with a group of peers. To that end, the Writing and Study Skills Center has two student groups that can help you along the way.

English Conversation Group

The English Conversation Group provides community through fun, social activities and by communicating across cultures. Topics include: language, food, current events, university engagement, music, dance, and the arts. In collaboration with other campus departments, the ECG works to provide a supportive cultural exchange and speaking and listening community. The English Conversation Group welcomes any and all UCBA students. 

  • When: Thursdays, 4:00 to 6:00 pm
  • Where: Muntz Hall 333

We send weekly email updates about group meetings. Please email the facilitator listed above if you would like to receive updates.

Creative Writing Club

The UC Blue Ash Creative Writing Club (CWC) is open to all UC Blue Ash students interested in writing poetry, prose, scripts, song lyrics, graphic novels, and other genres. We foster a supportive artistic community that empowers students to experiment, learn, grow, and share their creative writing skills. We practice asking for and providing constructive feedback and share opportunities for students to build their professional writing resumes.

  • When: Tuesdays, 4:00 to 5:00 pm
  • Where: Muntz Hall 322

We send weekly email updates about group meetings. Please email the facilitator listed above if you would like to receive updates.

Writing and Study Skills Center Hours

Lab Hours

Day

Time

Monday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday     9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.      
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
Saturday/Sunday Closed

About Our Staff

Headshot of Kara Anand-Gall

Kara Anand-Gall

Academic Tutor

Muntz Hall 112K

513-745-5733

Kara Anand-Gall holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.  A published writer in multiple genres, Kara is currently working on a collection of poetry. Before joining the UCBA Writing and Study Skills Center, she taught English at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Kara’s favorite moments in the WSSC occur when students realize that writing is not a mystery but an act of making choices.

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Alison A. Balaskovits

Academic Tutor

Muntz Hall 112K

513-745-5733

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

513-745-5733

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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Zac Tabler

Academic Tutor

Muntz Hall 112K

513-745-5733

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

513-745-5733

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.

Resources

Contact Information

Muntz Hall | Room 112K

Libby Anthony, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
Progress Hall 120E
513-936-1523
libby.anthony@uc.edu