FAQ for Faculty


Will writing tutors come to my class?
Writing tutors are available to visit your class and speak briefly about the Writing/Reading Center and the services we provide. These visits usually take 5-10 minutes and can greatly improve the chances that your students will take advantage of our services.

If you are interested in having a writing workshop for your class in the O'Neill Center on a topic such as how to formulate a thesis statement or how to conduct peer reviews, please contact us.

What do you recommend that we put on our course syllabus?
"The Writing/Reading Center offers free one-on-one assistance with your paper. Trained peer tutors are available during drop-in hours throughout the semester, and they can help you in any stage of the writing process from brainstorming to the final touches. Workshops, handouts, and resources on a variety of topics such as MLA and APA style, thesis construction, and grammar/punctuation rules are also available for you. The Writing/Reading Center is located in the O'Neill Center for Academic Development in the lower level of the CdC."

What is your policy for take-home final essays?
While many instructors encourage their students to visit us throughout the semester, a take-home final may not be an essay that an instructor wants students to receive tutoring assistance on. It is our policy not to work with students on final exams or papers unless we have prior approval from their instructor. Instructors can approve specific students or an entire course.

Will you notify me if a student of mine is utilizing your services?
The Writing/Reading Center strives to provide confidential support to students. We do not contact instructors or provide them with the names of students who have visited us without their permission. This policy allows students to work freely in a space to hone their writing skills without being evaluated.

If you have a student that you have asked to seek assistance and would like to personally refer to the Writing/Reading Center for assistance, please contact us.

Will a tutor sign a paper they have worked on if I require proof of a visit?
The type of tutoring session we promote is a one-on-one conversation between the student and the tutor. When the student and tutor are able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses in a paper rather than focus on correction-style instruction, the student becomes empowered to see her own abilities and shape the work she presents. While our tutors are trained, we focus on the tutoring session as being an “across the table” exchange. Thus, we do not have tutors sign off on students’ papers. We believe that doing so would change the dynamic of the tutoring session.

What style guides are used in the Writing/Reading Center?
The Writing/Reading Center is currently using the following editions of popular style guides and handbooks to assist students:

  • APA Manual of Style: 6th edition
  • MLA Handbook: 8th edition
  • Chicago Manual of Style: 16th edition
  • AMA Handbook: 10th edition
  • Bedford Handbook: 8th edition