We are happy to sit down with you to work on sentence-level and grammatical concerns. We can explain some of the patterns of errors we see and talk with you about ways to correct or improve those places in the paper. These kinds of sessions not only improve the surface aspects of the paper, but they can help you learn how to better revise your own writing.
What we won't do is edit your work while you wait or rewrite passages in your paper. After all, it is your writing, so you should be actively involved in the process.
We take walk-in appointments when possible. As the term progresses, however, most of our sessions fill up each day. Therefore, we recommend that you schedule an appointment a day or two in advance. At particularly busy times (such as during midterms and finals), you might call two or three days in advance to make sure you can get an appointment.
That depends on you. If you would like your professor to know about your session, just ask for a "Session Feedback Form." The tutor will fill out the sheet noting what you discussed in the session and then give it to you.
Sessions are usually scheduled for thirty minutes or an hour depending upon
your needs, the assignment, and the length of the piece of writing. Generally, if your paper is three pages or less, a half-hour session is sufficient. If your paper is longer than three double-spaced pages, we recommend reserving a full hour.
This is a great question! The most important thing is that you come prepared to think about and work on your writing. Sessions work even better if you bring a printed draft of your paper and your assignment guidelines.
As fun as it is working with writers and building relationships with them, we know that writers need time to filter through our feedback and revise. Meeting more than three hours per week can be counterproductive to this process.
If you have special needs or want to set up weekly appointments with the same tutor, you should contact the Writing Center Director at firstname.lastname@example.org..
Students who have appointments scheduled with a tutor are able to use the writing center's printer to print materials necessary for their session, such as a draft of their paper or their assignment sheet.
Otherwise, the WEPA printing station on the fifth floor is available for your printing needs.
The Writing Center
Liberal Arts Building, Room 5330 (map)
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.