Student Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get help with my writing?

Come to the Writing Center front desk inside LR 144, and we will help you sign up for a tutor. You will need to fill out a tutoring referral form and sign up for HS 1000. There is no cost for this course, and it will not show up on your transcript.

Can I receive help with writing assignments for any course?

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

Do I need to bring anything with me when I come for tutoring?

Yes, you need to bring a copy of your assignment. Tutors cannot help effectively if you do not know what your assignment is. If you already have written a draft, bring your paper draft. If your assignment is based on a reading, bring the reading material as well.

Do I have to make an appointment?

Students should make an appointment 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. If you want a time reserved for you and want to avoid waiting, we advise calling to make an appointment. 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 happens if I make an appointment but do not show up?

If you do not show up for two appointments and do not notify us in advance, we will remove your name from the appointment system for any other appointments you have scheduled, so we can use these times for other students. You will not be allowed to schedule any further appointments in advance for the rest of the semester, but you will still be welcome to come in for walk-in appointments.

As of Spring 2017, if you do not cancel your appointment at least one hour before your appointment start time, that appointment will be counted as a “No Call/No Show.”

What are the Writing Center’s hours?

We are open Monday from 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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What can tutors help me with?

Tutors can help you with all aspects and stages of the writing process. These areas include interpreting your assignment, doing prewriting and planning, developing a thesis statement, organizing your paper, developing and organizing paragraphs, using evidence to support an argument, creating effective introductions and conclusions, and learning how to proofread for grammar, syntax, and punctuation errors.

Will tutors correct my paper for me?

Tutors will not correct or edit  papers for you. Our tutors are here to help you learn the concepts that you need in order to write, revise, and begin to self-edit, rather than to simply edit for you.  Tutoring will teach you more than editing and will not result in academic dishonesty.

How often may I visit the Writing Center?

To accommodate more students, we limit each student to two appointments per week, whether those appointments are scheduled in advance or done on a walk-in basis.  We also request that you limit yourself to three tutoring sessions per individual assignment.

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.