Writing FAQ for Students



Writing FAQ for Students

Can I drop off my paper and have it corrected?

No. Tutors at the Writing Center conduct personal sessions one-on-one with students. Shared conversation is an integral part of the revision or planning process. Tutors gently guide, suggest and encourage, focusing on the development of the writing process and the acquisition of writing skills.                          

I am not available during business hours; how can I utilize the center?

The Writing Center is open seven days a week during the fall and spring semesters with many evening and weekend hours. Summer and J-term schedules vary. See our Drop-in Hours for details. If you are a graduate or distance learning student, you may also book an online tutoring appointment. More information on this service can be found on our graduate tutoring page

Does the Writing Center solely focus on editing and proofreading?

No. While tutors address grammar and punctuation, it is not the only focus of the session. The Center seeks to develop better writers, not just better papers.

Is the Writing Center only for students who need remedial help?

No. Writers of all levels regularly visit the Center.

Is the Writing Center for undergraduate students only?

No. Graduate students are welcome to use the Center as well as to book an appointment with our graduate writing tutor. Visit our graduate tutoring page for more details.

Will the tutors correspond with my instructor?

No. The Center is not responsible for grades, but for supporting students in the writing process. Sometimes instructors contact us with their concerns about a student's writing. In these cases, we may confirm the student visited us for their class, but specific details about the visit(s) are not shared.

What majors frequent the Center?

All majors and types of papers are welcome at the Center.

Does the Writing Center work on resumes or curriculum vitae?

While tutors can help with cover letters, Career Development offers assistance on all things career related and is best for help with a resume. You can take advantage of their walk-in hours or set up an appointment to go over your materials. See their site for more details.