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OLSH Writing & Learning Center

Peer tutoring in a university-style writing center.

A student tutors a fellow student at the computer in the OLSH Writing and Learning Center

The OLSH Writing & Learning Center (The OWL Center) is open to all OLSH students for individualized tutoring. The OWL Center includes two "Centers" sharing one space:

Writing Center students are tutored by either Mrs. Desman or a selected and trained peer tutor. During their writing conference, students are provided with individualized tutoring in any writing assignment for their classes.

Learning Center students are tutored individually or in any of their subjects by the OWL Center instructor, or a selected and trained peer tutor. During the Learning Center conference the student is provided individualized tutoring for any subject in which they need help.

Students can also be recommended to the OWL Center by parents, teachers or school counselors.

The OWL Center is modeled on national college writing and learning center models. Dr. James Purdy, Director of the Duquesne University Writing Center and Dr. Christine Abbott, Director of the La Roche College Writing Center have provided professional support to the OLSH Writing and Learning Center and Dr. Purdy trains the Writing Center tutors each year.

The OWL Center is located on the second floor library reading porch.

Click here to schedule an appointment with The OWL Center.

Email owl@olsh.org with any questions or to request a tutoring session.


Mrs. Barbara Desman, Director
English Department Chair
Reading Specialist
MEd Wayne State University
BA Marygrove College


OWL Center Scheduling