The College Writing Center provides one-on-one assistance to undergraduate students working on course writing assignments or personal statements. Contact us when you need help understanding your assignments, reading your drafts, or just need someone to listen to your ideas. Writing tutors will work with you at any stage of your writing process.
Your tutoring session will take place over Zoom. Have any assignment directions given by the instructor ready, along with any work you have already done on the assignment.
Writing Center sessions are done online, so the center does not permit "drop-ins". Appointments are required. Please note that it is best to consult with a writing tutor as early as possible in the writing process, before a given assignment is due.
Also, don’t expect to get your papers corrected or proofread, which is called editing. (It is illegal for tutors to edit student papers.) The Writing Center works directly with you to help you improve your writing skills.
If you come to work on a paper that has not been marked and graded by your teacher, or that is partly done, there are several things your tutor can and cannot do. As already mentioned, a tutor may not proofread and edit the whole paper, but there is a great deal your tutor can do to help you:
If you come in to revise a paper that has been marked and graded, your tutor can go over it line by line and error by error with you, in one or more sessions. The tutor will also decide what materials and tasks to work on with them, for as many sessions as you need.
Your tutor will give you techniques and practices to improve any aspect of writing you want to improve. Often students turn the aspect of writing that gave them the most trouble into the aspect of writing that they’re best at!