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Office of Academic Success: How Writing Center Tutoring Works

Walk In or Make an Appointment

Peer writing consultants are trained to help writers at any stage of the writing process. They meet with students on a walk-in (first-come, first-serve) basis. Sessions with peer consultants typically are 20-30 minutes long.

A professional writing consultant also is available by appointment to work with students. Sessions with the professional consultant typically are 45 minutes long.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who visits the Writing Center?

Our Writing Center is available to assist Marywood students who wish to strengthen their writing skills and gain confidence in their writing process. While our Center primarily focuses on undergraduate writers, we do offer writing support for master's level writers. At this time, our services for master's level writers do not include review or editing of a culminating writing project such as a qualifying paper, professional contribution, or thesis. 

Will you fix my paper?

We do not edit documents. Typically, we address global writing concerns (structure, thesis, organization, development) first because they impact the overall meaning of your paper. We also are happy to address sentence-level, grammar, and punctuation concerns. While we don't fix mistakes, we do help you identify patterns of error and suggest strategies for proofreading, revising, and editing.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Peer writing consultants in our Drop-In Writing Center (LAC 221) are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No appointment is necessary. Sessions with peer consultants typically are 20-30 minutes long. During busy times of the semester, you may be asked to sign in and wait to meet with a peer writing consultant. You are encouraged to keep this in mind and plan your time accordingly.

A professional writing consultant is available by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 348-6211 xt 2279 or complete the online Inquiry Form. Sessions are usually 45-minutes long. Walk-in visits with our professional consultant are welcome, but we encourage you to make an appointment to ensure a specific meeting time.

Do you offer online writing consultations?

We do not offer online sessions at this time. If you are not able to meet one-to-one in the Writing Center, the professional writing consultant does offer phone or gmail chat options. Here's how it works: Complete the online Inquiry Form to schedule a phone or chat session. Next, email your document to writingcenter@marywood.edu at least 24-hours in advance of the appointment. Include specific questions or concerns you would like to address. Finally, at the scheduled time, the consultant will call or initiate a chat session. Note: The professional consultant does not email a marked-up/edited copy of the document to you.

How often can I visit the Writing Center?

You are welcome to have up to three drop-in sessions per week with our peer writing consultants and up to two scheduled appointments per week with our professional consultant. However, during busy times of the semester (mid-term, finals), the availability of sessions may be limited. 

What if I need to cancel my appointment with the professional consultant?

If you cannot make it to an appointment, we kindly ask that you contact the Writing Center at least 24 hours in advance. We are happy to reschedule your appointment to a more convenient time; however, after three cancellations or two no shows, the professional consultant reserves the right not to reschedule another appointment.

How should I prepare for my visit to the Writing Center?

To make the most of your time with a writing consultant, you should consider the following tips:

  • Come prepared!  Bring notes, your draft, and the assignment handout/guidelines.
  • Ask specific questions and identify specific concerns about your draft.
  • Take notes during your session.
  • Choose specific sections of your draft to review.
  • Follow up with another session.

What other resources do you offer?

In addition to drop-in and scheduled one-to-one writing consultations, Marywood's Writing Center facilitates campus-wide workshops during the fall and spring semesters. These workshops typically address topics such as documentation, common writing errors, and essay development. The Writing Center also works collaboratively with faculty members who would like to schedule a specific writing-related presentation for their class. To schedule a class presentation, contact Amy Fotta at xt. 2279 or fotta@marywood.edu.

 


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