About the Writing Center

What the Writing Center Can Do for You

The Writing Center is located in the Hurley Convergence Center Room 430 and offers assistance on all types of writing projects: reports, papers, cover letters and resumes, and research projects. The Writing Center can also help you prepare for in-class essay exams and for standardized tests that include essays such as the Praxis I writing exam.

The Writing Center can help you . . .

  • Brainstorm a paper topic
  • Fine-tune a paper topic
  • Review a paper in progress
  • Understand and learn to detect grammar problems
  • Eliminate punctuation errors
  • Prepare to revise
  • Learn to proofread
  • Review documentation guidelines

What To Expect From a Consultation:

Although a student may seek help with any writing task , such an application essay or a take-home exam (with the instructor’s permission), he or she usually wants advice on writing an assigned paper. The student should always bring a printed copy of the paper.

  • The consultant typically begins by reviewing the assignment sheet and asking what concerns the student has about the paper.
  • The consultant sometimes skims a draft quickly to get a sense of overall organization.
  • The consultant may work on only one section or try to cover the entire draft.
  • The consultant asks questions rather than gives answers, leading the student to discover what is wrong and what to do to correct the problem.
  • Sessions normally last from 30 to 50 minutes.

At the end of the session, the consultant writes a report giving a summary of what was discussed during the session.  The report is not an evaluation of the paper or the student.  A copy of the report is sent to the instructor for whom the student is writing the paper.

When bringing in a paper for review, be sure to bring in a copy of the assignment sheet as well.