Faculty Frequently Asked Questions

What do my students need to do in order to receive help with their writing?

Send them to the Writing Center front desk inside LR 144, and we will help them sign up for tutoring. They will need to fill out a tutor request form and sign up for HS 1000. There is no cost for this course, and it will not show up on their transcripts. They also need a faculty referral to come for tutoring. The easiest way to do this is for you to refer all your students for tutoring in your online class roster via your Socrates main page.

If you scroll below the list of courses that you are teaching this semester, you will see a heading that says “Supervised Tutoring Referral.” Click the  blue “Refer Students” button directly below this to refer all your students to tutoring. Then, if your students want to use any of the campus tutoring labs or centers, they have already been referred and do not have to have paper copies of a referral form signed by you or one of their other instructors. This is easier for you (no signing forms) and easier for us. Most importantly, it is easier for your students because it gets them signed up for the Writing Center and other labs and centers more quickly and with a minimum amount of hassle for them.

Can my students receive help with writing assignments for any course?

Yes, they can come in for writing related to any course, not just English.

Do they need to bring anything with them when they come for tutoring?

Yes, they need to bring a copy of their assignment. Tutors need a copy of the assignment in order to help students effectively. If a student already has a paper draft, he or she should bring it. If a student’s assignment is based on a reading, he or she should bring the reading material as well.

Do they have to make an appointment?

Students should make appointments because we get very busy. Although they can come as “walk-ins” (students who just walk in without an appointment), there is no guarantee they will get an appointment, and they may have to wait. Appointments at peak times (Monday through Thursday from 9-2) sometimes book up early, so students may want to consider coming at times when we are less busy, like late afternoons and Fridays.  To make an appointment, call 558-2126 or visit the Writing Center front desk and speak with one of our clerks.

What are the Writing Center’s hours?

We are open Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What areas can tutors work on with students?

Tutors can help with all aspects and stages of the writing process. These areas include how to interpret their assignment, do prewriting and planning, develop a thesis statement, organize a paper, develop and organize paragraphs, use evidence to support an argument, create effective introductions and conclusions, and learn how to proofread for grammar, syntax and punctuation errors.

Will tutors correct my students’ papers?

Tutors will not correct or edit papers. Tutors help students learn the concepts that they need in order to become better writers and begin to self-edit, rather than editing for them. Tutoring teaches students more than editing and will not result in academic dishonesty.

Who are the Writing Center tutors?

Most writing center tutors are students who have completed ENGWR 300 or ESLW 340 with a grade of an A or a B and have attended training workshops. A few of the tutors at the center are instructional assistant staff members, and others are faculty from the English Department or the English as a Second Language Department.

Is it a good idea to require that all of my students come to the Writing Center for a particular paper?

Recommending the Writing Center is great. Because students tend to wait until the last minute, however, if you want to require that they come, or make it part of their grade for an assignment, you should first check with the Writing Center Coordinator at 650-2791 to see if we can accommodate all of your students and discuss what the timeline would be for students visiting the center.

Will I know if one of my students has come to the Writing Center?

Yes, you will receive an intake form through intercampus mail. This form includes information about what areas your student worked on with the tutor, as well as notes on the student’s progress in those areas.