Student Information & FAQs

Writing Appointments

How long should my appointment be?

1-5 pages: Half hour appointment
6-10 pages: One hour appointment
10+ pages: Papers longer than ten pages will require separate appointments for any additional pages after 10. These appointments cannot be made back-to-back with the same tutor.

Who is the Writing Center for?

The WC is for you, whatever your class, major, standing, or writing experience. All writers, such as undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff use the Writing Center.

What services does the Writing Center provide?

You can come in for assistance with papers for any subject and at any stage of writing: getting started, fine tuning topics, developing ideas or revising, finishing papers, and working on MLA & APA formats as well as other citation styles. What do you want to work on?

Do I need an appointment?

It’s best to make an appointment.  That way, you know a tutor will be waiting for you when you are ready to work on your paper.  You are also welcome to simply drop in and see if a tutor is available. You can make an appointment online, call 766-6602, or stop by to set one up. Be sure to set up an appointment well in advance of the assignment’s final due date. This will give you enough time to make any necessary changes to your paper.

What should I bring to a session?

Bring the assignment sheet for your paper, a copy of what you have so far, notes for your topic or ideas you want to develop. A typed hard copy is suggested, if possible, to facilitate reading by the tutor, and something to write with. Also, it can be helpful to bring previous drafts or notes and mention any particular questions or concerns you may have.

What will happen in a tutoring session?

You will collaborate with a tutor on ideas, organization, style, and anything you feel you need, or want, to work on regarding your writing process for the assignment at hand. You will get to discuss your ideas and goals for the paper and develop strategies for achieving those goals.  If you have a draft of your essay, the tutor can read it aloud so you can hear what it sounds like. 

Can I get help with grammar?

Yes, you can get assistance with identifying grammar issues and learn strategies for avoiding them in the future.

How often can I visit the Writing Center?

You can visit as often as you like, and we encourage you to come back after you’ve made revisions to a draft.

Speaking Appointments

How long should my appointment be?

Up to 5 minute presentation: Half hour appointment.
6-10 minute presentation: One hour appointment.
Over 10 minute presentation: Two appointments will be needed.

Who can use the speaking services

Speaking services are available for students preparing for any class presentations or other speaking events.

Do I need an appointment?

It’s best to make an appointment.  That way, you know a tutor will be waiting for you when you are ready to work on your presentation.  You are also welcome to simply drop in and see if a tutor is available. You can make an appointment online, call 766-6602, or stop by to set one up. Be sure to set up an appointment well in advance of the assignment’s final due date. This will give you enough time to make any changes to your presentation.

What should I bring to a session?

Bring the assignment sheet or speech criteria, a digital copy of your presentation slides, and a hard copy of your outline or speaking notes.

What will happen in a speaking tutoring session?

You will collaborate with a tutor on ideas, organization, style, and anything you feel you need, or want, to work on regarding your presentation. You will get to discuss your ideas and goals for the presentation and develop strategies for achieving those goals.  If you have a draft of your presentation, you can present it for the tutor and discuss areas to improve. 

How often can I use the speaking services?

Speaking services are free and availible as often as you would like. In fact, you are encouraged to make another appointment for any final questions you may have.