FAQs

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, correct, or proofread/edit your paper for you. (We will not go through your paper line by line and correct mistakes.) Instead, tutors will teach you strategies for self-editing.

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.

Yes! If you want to work on improving your English grammar and word choice, the WCenter can help! Although the tutors will not edit your writing for you, they can help you identify grammar mistakes and can explain how to fix them. Just tell your tutor that you want your session to focus on finding and fixing grammar mistakes.

The content of each session is kept confidential between you and the Writing Center staff assisting you. Please be aware that some WCenter sessions may take place in public spaces (for example, in the library); inform your peer writing tutor 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.

You can come in for an appointment even before you’ve written a word, when you’re still in the brainstorming or outlining stages of an assignment, or come in with a rough or revised draft.

Sessions may be 30 or 60 minutes long. (Up to 60 minutes each day, per student.) About five minutes at the beginning and end of each session are used to collect your feedback through a short computer survey.

The last session of the day might only be 55 minutes long, since all sessions should end at least 5 minutes before closing (to allow you time to complete the feedback survey).

You may schedule or drop-in for up to one 60-minute session (or two 30-min. sessions) per 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.

Any currently enrolled AUSB student can schedule (or drop in) for a tutoring session at the AUSB Writing Center. Unfortunately, the Writing Center does not serve alumni or students who are not currently enrolled.

Preparing for Your Session

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

It may be helpful for you to bring along some of your course materials, such as your assignment guidelines or syllabus. You should also bring any work on the assignment or any writing you’ve done so far.

You might want to bring your laptop and/or a memory stick, or you may use one of the Writing Center computers (and our printer, if you’d like) during your session.

  • 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 writing process.
  • It’s often helpful to set some 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. If you set a rough agenda of items you want to cover, then you can be sure to get the most out of your time in the Writing Center.

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 through a short computer survey. You may schedule or drop-in for up to one 60-minute session (or two 30-min. sessions) each day.
    The last session of the day may be shortened by 5 minutes, since all sessions should end at least 5 minutes before closing (to allow you time to complete the feedback survey).
  • Drop-in Sessions: You may drop in as often as needed (up to 60 minutes each day), but you will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. 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.
    (Make sure that you also attend your classes and do the readings. Peer tutoring is not a substitute for these things.)
  • 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. Please be aware that some WCenter sessions may take place in public spaces (for example, in the library); 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.