Q: Do the Writing Center tutors proofread my entire paper for me?
A: No. Tutors can help diagnose grammatical and punctuation errors, and teach you the rules and strategies so you become an effective self-editor.
Q: Can the tutors review more than one assignment during my appointment?
A: Tutors prefer to focus on one assignment. However, if assignments are short or have few concerns, you may be able to address more. 45 minutes is the ultimate limit.
Q. Is the Writing Center where I go when I don’t understand course material?
A: No. Tutors aren’t familiar with course material, and are not authorized by faculty to explain it. If you are struggling with course material, it is best to meet with your professor.
Q. Do the Writing Center tutors give me ideas/topics for my papers?
A: No. Tutors are there to listen to and to guide your brainstorming, but they are not to provide you with topics for your assignments.
Q. Do the tutors make changes on my papers for me?
A: No. Tutors can offer suggestions for change and provide feedback on how you have made changes.
Q. If I visit the Writing Center, does that guarantee a good grade on my paper?
A: No. The center tutors can provide guidance, but ultimately your writing performance is your responsibility.
For online students:
Q: How far ahead of time should I upload my document?
A: Whenever you are ready – the sooner, the better. Uploading your document at least an hour in advance often allows the tutor to review it beforehand, making the tutoring process more efficient.
Q: Can my tutor explain Google docs to me?
A: While tutors can answer questions and try to work out technology issues, we encourage you to get familiar with Google Drive before your appointment so that your appointment time can address your writing concerns.