Welcome to the writing center, a place where FUS students can receive assistance with their writing assignments throughout all stages of the writing process. Whether you're struggling to find a topic for a research paper or you just need an additional perspective for a draft in progress, our peer writing consultants can help.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, consultations during the spring 2021 semester will occur exclusively by means of eTutoring and Blackboard Collaborate. Please see the FAQs below, as well as the presentation titled "How to Make an Appointment," for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where is the writing center located?
A: The writing center is located in Egan Hall, Room 105H, next to Learning Support Services.
Q: What types of tutoring does the writing center offer?
A: Tutoring normally occurs in one of three different formats: face-to-face tutoring, eTutoring, and videoconferencing. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, face-to-face tutoring is currently not being offered.
Q: What is eTutoring?
A: eTutoring occurs asynchronously, or not in real time. For this type of appointment, you will upload a copy of your paper (formatted as a Microsoft Word document) along with any instructions from your professor. The writing consultant will look over your paper and return it with comments for revision.
Q: How long are tutoring sessions?
A: Face-to-face sessions are 30 minutes, while videoconferences last 45 minutes. Visitors to the writing center can schedule up to two appointments per day or four per week.
Q: What can I expect during a visit to the writing center?
A: You and the consultant will collaboratively establish an agenda at the beginning of each session. It is important that the agenda be manageable since, of course, only so much can be accomplished during 30-45 minutes. The consultant may recommend a follow-up visit to address substantive issues that remain unresolved after the initial session.
It is also important to note that the role of writing center staff is to help students become more effective writers, not to do the students' work for them. For example, consultants do not "correct errors." They can, however, point out several errors in a paper and teach the student how to identify and correct such errors himself.
Q: How do I arrange to see a tutor?
A: Appointments can be scheduled from this page. First-time visitors are strongly encouraged to view the presentation titled “How to Make an Appointment.”
Q: What should I bring with me to the writing center?
A: Always bring your writing assignment and any pertinent instructions from your professor.
Q: Can I make a suggestion or leave feedback about my experience at the writing center?
A: Absolutely. After your session has been completed, you will receive an automated e-mail with a link to a satisfaction survey. Simply click on the link and tell us how we did.
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