When does the Writing Center open for the semester?
It opens during the second week of classes and closes on the last day of classes.
Is the Writing Center open during final exams?
Technically, no. However, the ESOL specialists and a limited number of peer tutors continue working during finals. Check the white board in the Writing Center at the end of the semester for more information.
Is the Writing Center for me?
I'm a strong writer. Is the Writing Center for me?
Yes! All writers can benefit from the feedback of an interested reader. In fact, just about all professional writers show their work to others in order to improve it.
Does the Writing Center see students who aren't first-years?
Yes! The Writing Center sees students from all class years.
What kind of help can I get?
Do you help with scientific or non-humanities writing?
Yes! We offer tutorials for writing in all disciplines. All staff members are trained to respond to writing outside of their majors, and some tutors, because of their major or coursework, specialize in non-humanities writing. Check out the Meet the Staff page or the staff roster posted on the wall in the Writing Center to learn about our tutors’ special skills.
Do you help with non-academic writing?
Yes! We help with all different kinds of writing tasks, including personal statements for graduate or professional schools (law school, medical school, etc.), applications for internships, and applications for funding. We don't help with resumes.
Do you help with creative writing?
If you're clear about the kind of help you want with your creative writing, we are often able to assist. Some staff members have a special interest in helping students of creative writing; areas of specialization are listed on the staff roster posted on the wall in the Writing Center.
Do you help with foreign language papers?
Yes, if we have a tutor on staff who is fluent in the language. Check the roster posted on the wall in the Writing Center or use the drop-down menu at the top of the online schedule to view available appointments. Please note: we only help with writing assignments for upper-level foreign language courses, and you need to be able to converse comfortably with the tutor in the target language for the majority of the conference.
My professor says I really need to work on grammar. Will the Writing Center help me with this?
Yes! We won't fix your grammar for you, but we will teach you how to find and fix errors on your own. Students who use the Writing Center consistently will make steady progress from semester to semester.
What if I need help with study skills?
We don't help with study skills. For non-writing study skills (how to study effectively for a foreign language or math class), contact a Peer Mentor. If you are having trouble in a particular class, contact the professor and your dean.
I love my tutor! Can I work with the same person every time?
Theoretically, yes, but probably not. Our schedule fills up quickly, and it's unlikely that your favorite tutor will always be available. Try working with some other members of our staff--you'll probably meet a few more "favorites"!
I don’t have a draft yet. Can I still come to the Writing Center?
Yes! Lots of writers visit the Center to talk through ideas with a friendly conversation partner.
Can I talk about more than one assignment during the conference?
No. We take pride in the care we give to each assignment.
Can the tutor read the draft on my laptop?
It depends on the tutor. Some tutors have difficulty reading on screen and prefer a hard copy. Either way, a Writing Center conference is a chance to slow down and evaluate your paper. We hope you'll take notes on the issues that you discuss with the tutor and reflect on our feedback before making changes to the document.
Is there a limit to how often I can use the Center?
Yes. Students may have a maximum of one conference per day, and they can meet with a tutor no more than twice per week. It's important to have time to work on your paper between visits and to ensure that everyone has a chance to book an appointment at the Writing Center.
What if I have a suggestion for the Writing Center?
Tell your tutor, or contact Jen Callaghan, Director of the Writing Center.