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Frequently Asked Questions

Bryan Campus - Becoming Better Writers - A119 - (979) 209-7591

 

What kind of help can you give me?

A writing consultant can help you at any stage of the writing process. We can give you general advice on 1) the writing process; 2) effective thesis statements; 3) essay organization and development; 4) using sources effectively; and much more. We will help you find the answers to your questions about grammar, punctuation, and documentation. In essence, a writng consultation is designed to make you a more thoughtful and self-confident writer who is able to identify the options available at any stage of the writing process. We want students to learn, not just get a particular grade on one project.

What kind of help won't you give me?

Writing consultants will not write, edit, or type your paper for you (see "Will you edit my paper for me?"). In addition, writing consultants will not discuss grades, actual or potential, nor will they discuss specific instructors, instructors' grading policies, or classroom policies.

Will you edit my paper for me?

No. Because your paper is comprised of your thoughts and words, you are the only person who should make changes. At the Writing Center, we will help you recognize problem areas (and strengths) in your writing by having you read your paper aloud and asking questions. Then, we will help you find ways to correct those mistakes and will help you as you practice correcting the mistakes on your own. Giving you the "answers" does not help you to improve.

Can I drop off my paper and pick it up later?

No. The author must accompany his/her paper at all times. See the editing policy above.

Can I bring in a graded paper?

Yes. In fact, we encourage you to do so. A graded paper is not "dead," and you should always look at every comment because your instructor's comments are useful to help you figure out what to work on for next time. For example, if you have a problem with a thesis statement in one paper, you will probably have a problem with your next thesis statement unless you do some work on creating thesis statements.

What should I bring to my session?

  • Two typed copies of your draft, if you have a draft already
  • Prewriting materials (notes, outlines, research material)
  • Assignment sheet or prompt
  • Class notes and textbooks
  • Specific questions about your writing
  • A willingness to work and think about your writing

 

Do I have to make an appointment or can I just walk in?

Either one is fine. You can walk in during open hours, and if a tutor is available, he/she will work with you. During busy times of the semester, an appointment is recommended to make sure you don't have to wait to see a tutor. To make an appointment, just walk in during open hours and sign up at an available time in the appointment book.

Can I print out a quick copy of my paper to turn in to my teacher? No. The computers in the Writing Center are to be used by students working during a consulting session (e.g., if you need to make a second copy of your draft or compose your paper). You can use the open computer lab or the library for other printing needs.