The Online Graduate Writing Assessment test is multiple-choice and true/false and does not require a written essay. To take the test, students NOT on academic probation must enroll in GRST 501, as the test is a Week One assignment. Non-probation students who take the test before Week One may drop GRST 501 free of charge before the course begins. Students who withdraw after the course begins must follow the normal drop policies of Liberty Online.
Online students on academic probation must complete GRST 500 regardless of their assessment test score, and conditionally accepted students are automatically enrolled in GRST 500. Other students may register for GRST 501 through ASIST.
GRST 500/501, designed to be taken in conjunction with at least one other course, is an 8-week writing course, created to equip you with the organization and revision skills necessary to produce good graduate-level writing. It does not require a textbook and has a pass/fail format to give students a low-stress and low-pressure educational experience.
GRST 500: Introduction to Graduate Writing is a required course for all online graduate students who have been conditionally accepted on academic probation.
GRST 501: Graduate Writing is an optional course for online graduate students who are NOT conditionally accepted but are still apprehensive about future graduate-level writing assignments.
Both courses cost $100 for the entire course. No textbook purchase is necessary and financial aid may be applied for the course fee.
Online students who want to submit a tutoring request for a writing assignment in an on-campus intensive course, must substitute the letter "i" for the first number of your course section.
Intensive students are always welcome to use the on-campus writing centers for face-to-face tutoring appointments over the duration of the intensive.
Qualified students may fill in a request form, upload a draft, and provide an available time (or times) to "meet" with a trained tutor to discuss the draft over Yahoo, AOL, or Skype services (make sure privacy settings allow those not on your contact list to contact you and make sure your speaker and microphone work). Therefore, this type of assistance requires a headset or a microphone and speakers in addition to one of the free instant messenger services mentioned above.
The OTS will communicate with you via email at various junctures of a request, so please make sure the junk mail setting in your Liberty webmail will not block emails from email@example.com. Please keep emails as they provide information about your appointment and instructions for rescheduling. Live assistance requests may be accessed at any time before your appointment, and you may modify or cancel your request as long as your request status is "Not Started."
Live assistance appointments have the following important date and time restrictions:
If you fail to show up for your live appointment, your assigned tutor will periodically call your computer for the first ten minutes of your scheduled appointment. After ten minutes, the tutor is no longer responsible to wait for a response and will contact his or her supervisor to cancel your appointment request.
A live appointment lasts up to one hour. Tutors will focus on the content of your paper and the selected formatting style. Tutors will not provide editing services. During a live appointment, you are responsible for taking notes, making changes to your draft, or writing tutor comments on your draft. You will not receive a draft back with tutor comments following a live appointment.