Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Do I have to
make an appointment?
No, we accept walk-ins. But if you would like to meet at a
specific time, you can make an appointment with us by stopping
by or calling 410-543-6332. Keep in mind that each session lasts
about 30 minutes. If you think you need a
longer session, you may request a 60-minute appointment.
2. Can I drop off my paper and have someone correct it for me
without having to stay?
No, the Writing Center is here to engage, encourage, and improve
your writing. We will go through the writing process with you so
that in the future you can use the skills you obtain here. The
staff here will help you with many other things besides
proofreading--like brainstorming, creating a thesis, organizing
a paper, and much more.
3. Can you help me if I don’t have a finished draft?
Yes, at the Writing Center we are here to help you at any stage of
your writing. If you are at the beginning of an assignment and
have ideas but nothing written down, we can give you feedback.
If you think you have a fairly polished draft, we can also look
at your work together. You can receive assistance at any stage
in your personal writing process.
4. What kind of assignments can I bring?
All of them. The staff at the Writing
Center is trained to help
not only writers of English papers, but also writers working on
a wide array of assignments such as lab reports, research
papers, reviews, lesson plans, and much more. We are here to
help students in all disciplines.
5. Are the sessions confidential?
Yes, the sessions are not reported to your professor or anyone
else outside of the writing center. Your questions, thoughts,
and ideas stay between you and your consultant, unless you
decide to tell someone about the session. This environment is
different than a meeting with your professor because we will
never be in a position of having to grade you. We are here to
offer you feedback and to support what you are learning in the
classroom, not to judge you.
6. How do I know that your consultants will be able to help me?
The consultants at our center have been selected for their
strong writing skills. They have also been through extensive
training, making them familiar with many different types of
writing. It is possible to request a certain consultant if they
are available during the time you wish to meet. Additionally, if
you want to work with a consultant who has a background in a
certain subject area, our consultants represent a variety of
majors and minors—not just English.
7. How can I prepare myself for my visit to the
A hard copy of your work-in-progress is helpful when attending a
session (although we do have a few computers and a printer that
you may use). It is also useful to bring along a copy of the
prompt or the assignment if your professor gave you one. Also,
please give some thought to what you would like to focus on
during your session. This will give you and your consultant a
starting point for your consultation, and it will help the two
of you use your time most efficiently.
8. Can I come to the Center for help with a group project?
Yes, we can work with you individually or in small groups.
For group projects, however, we recommend
that all group members attend the writing center session
simultaneously. Our sessions are highly interactive--if one
group member is designated to bring a paper to the writing
center, that group member may not be equipped to answer all of
the questions that come up during the writing consultation.
9. Can I
work on more than one assignment during my
session? Can I make multiple
appointments for the same day?
We ask writers to focus on one writing
assignment per session so that writers and consultants have time
to discuss each text thoroughly. Writers may make one Writing
Center appointment per day. If you have extenuating
circumstances, please email the Writing Center Director, Dr.
10. What if I have a very long paper, can I make
an appointment for an hour-long session?
Yes, if you have a very long paper and you do not think that the
30-minute-session will be enough, just mention it when you come
in and we will try to make arrangements for a
60-minute session. As a guideline,
papers that are more than five pages in length typically
require an extended session.
11. What if I have a very long paper or if I am a graduate
student—can I come to the center for help?
Graduate students are more than welcome to visit the
center and the consultants will be able to work with you
(we recommend, though, that graduate students request
12. How can I become a writing consultant?
In the fall semester of each academic year, we
recruit new consultants. If you are interested in
applying, you can email the Writing
Center to ask about application deadlines (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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