What to Expect 


When to Come 

At the Writing Center, we’re glad to help writers at any stage of the process. Any time you’re working on a writing project, the Writing Center can help, whether you just have a prompt and need ideas or whether you’re just polishing up your final draft. Just remember, once you leave the Writing Center you’ll want to revise your essay before you turn it in. Please come to the Writing Center with plenty of time to work on your assignment and be aware of the due date. The earlier you come, the more useful your tutor’s feedback will be for you. 

What to Expect From Your Session 

Writing Center tutors are focused on helping you make choices as a writer. You should expect your tutor to ask you questions about your paper, to encourage you to think differently about your topic, and to examine the reasons behind your ideas. At the Writing Center, we believe that what you have to say is as important as how you say it, so you should expect your tutor to discuss “big picture” questions with you before we turn to grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Ultimately, it’s up to you to take the ideas we’ve talked about in your tutoring session to the computer and turn them into a new draft of your essay. 

What to Expect From Our Tutors 

Writing Center tutors are friendly, experienced readers and writers whose goal is to help you develop as a writer. Our tutors undergo extensive training in reading and writing tutoring. This means we have a lot of experience talking about writing, and that we have lots of strategies for helping you deal with those challenges you face as a writer. At the Writing Center, we are tutors, not teachers. We’re students too, and we know that talking about your writing can be scary, so we want you to feel comfortable that we’re here to help make things easier, not to make you feel bad. As you come to the Writing Center, keep an open mind. Be ready to take an active role in your tutoring session and to think about new ways of approaching your topic. Be willing to listen to what your tutor has to say, and don’t expect to go from a first draft to a finished product in just one step. 

What to Bring 

When you come to the Writing Center you need to be prepared to write. In addition to the current version of the paper you are working with, you should bring as much as the following as possible:

•Previous drafts and notes

•Any sources used

•The writing prompt or assignment

•Paper and a pen or pencil to write with

•A thumb drive or other means for saving any work done on the computer  

Please be prepared to spend at least 60 minutes in the Writing Center to implement the suggestions you receive from your tutoring session.

Last Updated: 2/12/2015 4:44 PM