FAQ for Students


Can I drop off my paper and have it corrected?
No. Tutors at the Center conduct personal sessions one-on-one with students. Shared conversation is an integral part of the revision or planning process. Tutors gently guide, suggest and encourage, focusing on the development of the writing process and the acquisition of writing skills.

I am not available during business hours; how can I utilize the Writing/Reading Center?
The Center is open seven days a week during the fall and spring semesters with many evening and weekend hours. Summer and J-term schedules vary. See our drop-in hours for details. If you are a graduate student or undergraduate distance student, you may also book an online tutoring appointment.

Does the Writing/Reading Center solely focus on editing and proofreading?
No. While tutors do address grammar and punctuation issues, they are not the only focus of the session. We seek to produce better writers, not just better papers.

Is the Writing/Reading Center only for students who need remedial help?
No. Writers of all levels regularly visit the Center.

Is the Writing/Reading Center for undergraduate students only?
No. Graduate students are welcome to use the Center as well as to book an online appointment with a graduate writing tutor.

Will the tutors correspond with my instructor?
No. To protect confidentiality, tutors do not discuss students’ writing with instructors. With your permission, professional staff may confirm with an instructor that you visited with us, but specific details about visits are not shared.

What majors frequent the Writing/Reading Center?
All majors and types of papers are welcome at the Center.

Does the Writing/Reading Center work on resumes or curriculum vitae?
While tutors can help with cover letters, Career Development offers assistance on all things career related and is best for help with a resume.