Accessing Your Account
Currently enrolled students may access the OWL by logging in to eSTORM. Once logged in, click Success Center OWL from the left-side navigation bar.
What Is the OWL?
The Success Center Online Writing Lab provides access to writing tutors for Southwestern Illinois College students who have difficulty coming to a Success Center during normal operating hours. The OWL also offers a convenient alternative to on-site tutoring or students who are taking online classes for classes via extension centers.
If you have questions or do not receive a response, please email English Specialist Catherine Teel at
How It Works:
- Tutors offer students feedback based on their questions and assignment details.
- Comments are posted in papers and available for students to print.
- Responses are returned to students via eSTORM, usually within two school days.
- Tutors do not respond to papers on weekends or during college breaks.
- Please submit essays, not short homework
- Papers must be five pages or less (based on a
standard double-spaced format).
- Longer papers and complex research papers should
be brought in to a Success Center.
- The OWL does not retain a paper’s formatting, so
tutors can’t evaluate those items.
- Tutors can’t address specific questions about
citations or reference page formatting.
- Please spell-check papers before submitting them to the OWL.
- Students can submit the same paper up to three
times if it is revised significantly.
- Please submit essays throughout the semester to avoid last minute multiple submissions.