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FAQs

Questions:

  1. Why should I come to the Writing Center when I've always done fine on papers in the past?
  2. Do the Writing Center tutors proofread papers?
  3. Does the Writing Center only help students with papers?
  4. How do I sign up for an appointment?
  5. What should I bring to my appointment?
  6. If I signed up for an appointment but then can't come, what should I do?
  7. How many appointments can I have each week?
  8. When you e-mail my professor about the tutoring session, what do you say and why?

Answers:

  1. Why should I come to the Writing Center when I've always done fine on papers in the past?
    If "doing fine" is all you want to accomplish and you can do that without our help, then you might not want to use our service. However, if you want to improve your writing and get better grades not only on what we work on with you but also on future assignments when you apply what we've discussed, then why not give us a try? Even strong writers benefit from other people's feedback. Getting advice from a tutor is just like having a coach who gives you advice on improving your athletic abilities; very few people can make significant improvements in their athletic or their academic skills without some advice from people with a lot of experience.
  2. Do the Writing Center tutors proofread papers?
    If you mean going through your paper and correcting errors for you, then no, we do not do that. If you mean going through your paper with you and discussing places in which the writing can be stronger and helping you to find ways to strengthen the writing, then yes, we will help you that way. We can also work with you on grammar problems that you have by teaching you how to spot and correct them, but we do not correct the mistakes in your paper for you.
  3. Does the Writing Center only help students with papers?
    No, we can help you with any writing task. For instance, we work with students on resumes, job letters, project proposals, take-home exam essays (with the professor's permission), outlines, and lab reports. We can help students improve their writing skills in any context.
  4. How do I sign up for an appointment?
    Schedule your appointment online, stop by ADMN 211 to sign up in the appointment book, or call (704) 645-4819 to schedule an appointment.
  5. What should I bring to my appointment?
    Please bring along a copy of the assignment you're working on, plus any drafts and/or notes you have.
  6. If I signed up for an appointment but then can't come, what should I do?
    If you know early enough, please come by and take your name off the schedule. Otherwise, please call the Writing Center at (704) 645-4819 to cancel your appointment. Students who make a habit of making appointments and then not showing up without canceling their appointments will lose their Writing Center privileges.
  7. How many appointments can I have each week?
    We generally limit students to two hours of appointments per week and two appointments per assignment (except in cases in which the assignment is very long, such as a project that is being worked on for several weeks). However, at times when we're not as busy we usually let students come more often if they need to.
  8. When you e-mail my professor about the tutoring session, what do you say and why?
    We send your professor a note saying that you came, but we don't release specific details unless your professor asks for them and you have given us permission to provide them. Professors are always happy to see that you have made an extra effort to produce a strong piece of writing.

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