What We Do
The Writing Center is a peer-assisted learning lab, funded by the University. Therefore, there is no charge to the student. The staff in the Writing Center is able to help students in all classes and all levels.
Tutors will work one-to-one with students on anything from giving tips on how to type and organize a paper to going over the rules of grammar. Students must be aware that tutors will not proofread or edit students’ papers.
The goal of the staff is to instill in students the skills needed to proof-read and edit their own papers, but students must be willing to put forth their own efforts toward the improvement of their writing. Consequently, staff members will identify mistakes that occur frequently in a student's writing and explain how to correct them in a way that the student finds understandable. The work that the student brings to the next session should reflect some improvement based on these explanations, but we do understand that practice makes perfect.
It is very important that students bring materials to each session that are pertinent to the content of their papers. One of the most common errors a student makes is misunderstanding the nature of the assignment, which can result in problems with tone and, especially, content. Therefore, the most important thing to bring to a Writing Center session is a description of the assignment as given by the instructor. Often, such instructions are part of the class syllabus. Other sources may include class notes, textbooks, or handouts.