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During the Spring 2021 semester, The Writing Center will offer online and in-person writing support.
Schedule an appointment by signing in to your Writing Center account.
Our tutors are available to help via live chat Mondays and Fridays from 10am - 3pm and Tuesdays - Thursdays from 10am - 5pm. Students can schedule and access these appointments through our online schedule. Click HERE for a video explaining how to set up and access online appointments.
Our tutors are available for in-person support Tuesdays - Thursdays from 11am - 1pm. Students can schedule these appointments through our online schedule.
Please note that in order to maintain social distancing, students must bring two hard copies of their paper and writing assignment to their appointment. Students may print their documents in The Writing Center for 10 cents per page. Students also must wear a mask the entire time they are in The Writing Center.
Review the assignment
The tutor will ask you about the purpose of the piece of writing you have brought in. If you are working on an assignment for a course, please remember to bring the assignment prompt.
Read through the piece of writing
We'll ask you to read your draft aloud; this is a classic editing technique that can help you and your tutor identify areas in the draft to work on. If you prefer not to read aloud, just tell your tutor.
Set your goals for the session
You and your tutor will set the agenda for the session together. It is helpful if you arrive with an idea of what you would like to work on—the paper's organization, your thesis and supporting evidence, or sentence-level concerns. Once you’ve reviewed the assignment and read through the piece of writing, the tutor may suggest working on an additional issue or two.
Have a conversation about your work
The tutor will pose questions and make observations about the issues you've decided to work on in the session. From this conversation you and the tutor will determine a plan for revising and moving forward with this assignment.
Work on strategies for effective writing
Your tutor might recommend strategies or provide resources for you to take with you to help you both with the assignment at hand and with future writing projects.
Leave with a plan for moving forward
You and your tutor will spend the last few minutes of the session summarizing what you've discussed and sketching a plan for moving forward, whether that be conducting more research, developing your ideas, or revising your draft.
Please remember that the Writing Center is not an editing or proofreading service. We work with you to improve your own proofreading and editing skills, but we don’t simply point out problems or rewrite them for you. We want to help you learn to become your own best proofreader and editor.