FAQ

FAQs

When you come to the WCenter, expect to engage in a conversation about your writing.  Expect to participate actively in your session. Sessions in the WCenter are very interactive and are built to lead you in doing the work yourself. Be prepared to take notes, construct outlines, revise paragraphs, try new sentence patterns, debate your ideas or just think out loud. The tutors are familiar with many approaches to writing and many resources that enhance learning.

The WCenter staff will not write, proofread, correct or edit your paper for you. That means we will not go through your paper line by line and correct mistakes. Instead, the staff will review your assignment and go over parts of your paper with you to discover any problems you might be having, then teach you how to address those problems yourself.

The WCenter is here to help you grow as a writer and develop your writing repertoire (skills, strategies, and techniques) over time, so you can tackle your assignments more effectively.

The content of each session is kept confidential between you and the writing center staff assisting you. In certain circumstances, you may wish us to share the results of your session with your instructor; please indicate on your post-session online survey form if this is the case. Also, please be aware that some WCenter sessions may take place in public spaces; inform your peer writing coach if you feel uncomfortable about any aspect of the session so that alternative arrangements can be made.

Don’t wait until you are overwhelmed by an assignment. Make appointments early and often! Peer sessions work best over time. You will learn the most if you make your first appointment during the first week or two of classes and continue to schedule sessions throughout the term.

Sessions may be scheduled for 30 or 60 minutes. About five minutes at the beginning and end of each session are used to collect your feedback.

You may schedule or drop-in for up to five 60-minute sessions (or the equivalent) per week, but for no more than 60 minutes each day.

You may drop in during regularly scheduled hours as often as needed, but you will be served on a first-come, first-served basis as time is available. Students with appointments have priority.

Please come on time to scheduled appointments. After one no-show, you will be sent an email. After two no-shows, you will need to use drop-in hours for the remainder of the quarter.

If you need to cancel, please do so at least 24 hours in advance.

If you have special circumstances what will affect your session, please let the WCenter know ahead of time, and we will work to accommodate your needs.

Expect that the WCenter’s staff will be available during published hours and for scheduled appointments, arrive on time, and conduct sessions professionally. Be open and honest with us when we are not meeting your needs. If you are dissatisfied for any reason with your session, or if you have any concerns about the quality of the session, then please speak with the Writing Center Director at any time.

Preparing for Your Session

How should I prepare for my appointment and what should I bring?

Bring all necessary course materials, including syllabi, your calendar for scheduling new appointments, and your laptop and/or memory stick if you wish. You should also bring any work you’ve done on the assignment so far.

  • If meeting to discuss a specific assignment, bring the assignment and all other relevant materials—including your text, your class notes and any pre-writing.
  • Come prepared with thoughts about the assignment or a list of some of the characteristics that your paper should have in order to meet the goals of the assignment.
  • Consider bringing an outline of what you’ve written so far. Outlining is a good way of rethinking the overall organization of your paper.
  • Come prepared with marked sections of your draft that you’re unsure of and would like to concentrate on. Write down your questions. If you can pinpoint specific sections or sentences in your draft, you won’t have to wait for the peer writing tutor to find them.
  • Bring comments and suggestions that have been made by instructors on other papers that you’ve written. You can significantly cut down your writing and revising workload and can use your session time more efficiently by getting a handle on your instructor’s comments.
  • Make sure that you have read class materials before coming to your appointment. Attend class and do the readings. Peer tutoring cannot substitute for classes not attended or readings not completed.

You should also set goals for the session. Tell the peer writing tutor exactly what your needs are at the beginning of a session. Think about what kind of help you really want; for example, do you have boatloads of ideas but no boats to arrange them in, or do you want to develop ideas that are already pretty well organized? If you set a rough agenda of items to cover in the session, then you can be sure to get the most out of your time in the Writing Center.

**Remember, it’s okay if you haven’t actually written anything or if you’re just having a hard time getting started! Bring your ideas or your questions. The WCenter can help you at any point in the process of writing.**

Writing Center Policies

Are there any policies I should be aware of?

Yes — the following policies are in place to maintain the quality and consistency of our services:

  • Session Length: Sessions may be scheduled for 30 or 60 minutes. About five minutes at the beginning and end of each session are used to collect your feedback. You may schedule or drop-in for up to five 60-minute sessions (or the equivalent) per week, but no more than 60 minutes each day.
  • Drop in Sessions: You may drop in as often as needed, but you will be served on a first-come, first-served basis and multiple students may be served at once. Students with appointments have priority..
  • What to Expect: When you come to the WCenter, expect to engage in a conversation about your writing. Sessions are interactive and require that you be engaged in learning and working on your writing.
  • Your Work; Your Voice: Our tutors will not write on your papers or type for you; this is to ensure that your work remains your own.
  • Confidentiality: The content of each session is kept confidential between you and the writing center staff. In certain circumstances, you may wish us to share the results of your session with your instructor; please indicate on your post-session online survey form if this is the case. Also, please be aware that some WCenter sessions may take place in public spaces; inform your peer writing tutor if you feel uncomfortable about any aspect of the session so that alternative arrangements can be made.
  • No-Shows: Please come on time to scheduled appointments. After one no-show, you will be sent an email. After two no-shows, you will need to use drop-in hours for the remainder of the quarter.
  • Cancellations: We prefer 24 hours notice, but at the least, please contact us prior to your scheduled appointment if you cannot make it.
  • Special Needs: If you have special circumstances that will affect your session, please let the WCenter know ahead of time, and we will work to accommodate your needs.