What is the Writing Center?
We offer free peer tutoring to all enrolled students. Trained graduate and undergraduate students tutors will assist you at any stage of your writing process, from initial brainstorming to final revisions. The main campus Center is located on the second floor of Lauinger Library (217a).
What we do
Our tutors will help you meet your immediate goals (such as an assigned essay) as well as help you develop as a writer, and we’re happy to help at any stage of your writing process, from brainstorming to revision. Tutors will offer advice on thesis development, utilization of evidence, organization and flow, sentence structure, and more. We won’t proofread your paper for you. Ideally, we want to help you improve your own critical thinking, revision, and editing skills — enabling you to become your own editor.
Will a tutor proofread my paper for me?
No. But we will help you learn how to revise and edit your work to improve all the writing you do.
Can I work with any graduate or undergraduate tutor?
Yes. We offer different schedules for Main Campus and SCS students, which you can choose when making an appointment.
My paper is due in three hours. Can I meet with a tutor now?
Yes, but that’s not ideal. We recommend leaving time to revise. We prefer to meet with you more than 24 hours before a paper is due. If you come in for a consultation at the last minute, you risk not having enough time to revise your work after the session.
Do I have to make an appointment?
We do accept walk-ins, but we give priority to students who have appointments. By registering your information online and scheduling an appointment, you enable us to give you the most effective feedback over a series of meetings rather than during a single session. Even if you use the Center on a walk-in basis, you will need to fill out our online tutorial form before meeting with a tutor.
Can I be late for my appointment?
If you show up late for your appointment, you forfeit your session. Tutorials last 30 minutes, and tutors and students use all of that time to discuss the writing and ideas at hand.
What happens if I miss more than one appointment?
If you don’t show up for two scheduled sessions, you will no longer be able to schedule appointments, but you will still be able to use the Center as a walk-in client.
How can I become a Writing Center Tutor?
For more information about becoming a Writing Center Tutor, check out our Tutors page. You may also contact the Director of the Writing Center, David Lipscomb, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email the Writing Center at email@example.com.