Writing Center FAQs
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- Q: How does a consultation work?
A: Be sure to arrive on time and to bring your assignment, anything you have worked on so far, and your textbook(s). The more you can bring, the better, but even if you are just starting an assignment and haven't written anything yet, you can benefit from visiting with a consultant. For face-to-face consultations, the consultant will sit down and discuss the assignment with you before beginning. The consultant will go over any problem areas with you during the session and teach you how to revise or to correct those problems. You can schedule an appointment for either 30 minutes or an hour. If you cannot come in for a face-to-face session, you can submit your paper and your assignment electronically by scheduling an appointment with the Online Writing Center. The consultant will read your assignment, comment on areas that you can improve, and then send the markup back to you.
- Q: Why won't you proofread my paper?
A: Our goal is to help you become a better writer. Doing the work for you does not accomplish this goal, so instead we teach you how to find and correct errors and how to revise content on your own.
- Q: How many times can I bring in the same assignment?
A: You can bring in as many drafts as you need to. Our goal is to help you improve your writing, so we will work with you throughout the writing process. For long papers, like capstones and theses, you may need multiple sessions so that you and the consultant can cover the whole paper.
- Q: How much time before my assignment's due date should I make an appointment or submit my assignment online?
A: You can make an appointment or send your assignment at any time before your due date. However, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to incorporate any changes we go over during the consultation.
- Q: Do you accept walk-in consultations?
A: Yes, if no one else has an appointment at that time, we can work with you on a walk-in basis. However, we cannot guarantee openings, especially at busy times in the semester.
- Q: What happens if I miss my appointment?
If you are going to miss your appointment, please call 557-5449 or login to WC Online to cancel. Please be considerate of others wanting to use the Center, and cancel an appointment that you can't keep. If you miss an appointment and do not cancel it two times in a row, you will have to wait an additional two weeks before being allowed to schedule another appointment.
- Q: What are my responsibilities?
Students remain solely responsible for the content, grammar, punctuation, style and organization of their written work. Consultants never rewrite, correct, or grade the documents submitted to them. They suggest changes that they feel are most likely to improve a written work, but writers are free to accept or reject the suggestions of consultants. The fact that a consultant has reviewed your paper does not guarantee that it is free from errors or from plagiarism, or that it deserves a particular grade.
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