Undergraduate students use the Writing Center on campus for a variety of purposes, including:
To work on general writing skills (usually on a weekly basis with a regular tutor)
To review the fundamentals of writing (for international students)
To start, work on in-process, revise complete, and edit complete drafts
To talk through how to plan out a paper in response to an assignment
To talk through or respond to a teacher’s comments on a paper
To talk through revision plans, including reorganizing, developing, supporting claims, citing, etc.
To work through literary analyses
To work on summarizing and synthesizing secondary research
To review job market materials, including cover letters, resumes, and websites
To review scholarship application materials
To review program or graduate school application materials
To work on creative writing.
Use the “Limit To” feature of our online scheduler when you make an appointment, selecting tutors who are identified as experts in the kind/s of documents you are working on, the class you are taking, or the style you are following.
Plan to only work on a section of any particular text that you are working on (over two pages). For example, 60-minutes is not usually long enough to work through an entire paper. Instead, plan to focus on a paragraph or a few paragraphs during your session.
Schedule well in advance of deadlines. DO NOT schedule a morning appointment for a paper due in the afternoon—this gives you no time to work on your writing after your Writing Center visit (which you will absolutely want to do).
Be thorough and specific when you schedule an online appointment. For example, if you want to workshop a cover letter for a scholarship, include a link to the scholarship page so that your tutor can review the guidelines, etc. As an additional example, if you want to workshop a class writing assignment, be specific about what you want to work on…tone, persuasiveness, concision, development, responding to teacher comments…?