The Writing Learning Center

REGULAR HOURS will continue during FINALS WEEK (Tuesday, Dec. 9 - Monday, Dec. 15) with reduced staffing. Please schedule your appointment in advance, online, during this period.
 

The Writing Learning Center is the place to get help on all types of writing assignments such as:

  • essays
  • research papers
  • business writing exams
  • lab reports
  • speeches
  • public service announcements
  • film and music reviews
  • news articles
  • cover letters
  • resumes
  • applications
  • scholarship and grant proposals

 

Professor Gillian Paku, Director
Michele Feeley, Administrator 

Where is the Writing Learning Center?

The Writing Learning Center (WLC) is in the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) located on the first floor of Milne Library.  

 

The WLC Will CLOSE for the FALL 2014 semester AFTER DECEMBER 15th

REGULAR HOURS will continue during FINALS WEEK (Tuesday, Dec. 9 - Monday, Dec. 15) with reduced staffing. Please schedule your appointment in advance, online, during this period.

Sunday 1:00-7:00PM
Monday through Thursday 1:00-11:00pm
Friday  1:00-5:00PM

 

What Should I Expect?

When you arrive at the Writing Learning Center, you will meet one-on-one with a trained tutor for 30 minutes, or 60 minutes if you are a non-native speaker of English. WLC tutors will not write your assignments; instead, we will support you, diagnose any writing issues, and give you examples of how to proceed. The point is to help you find your own personalized solution.

Tutors can help you to:

  • Get started, brainstorm
  • Organize your thoughts coherently
  • Write a thesis statement
  • Find and maintain your focus
  • Develop and support your ideas
  • Clarify the logic of your argument
  • Tackle grammar and style problems
  • Address issues particular to non-native writers of English
  • Cite sources

What About Confidentiality?

Here at the Writing Learning Center, we believe that your choice to seek tutoring is a private one. Our work space is private and our staff respects your confidentiality. Seeking out a writing tutor is a good, productive choice. When you ask for help at the WLC, you are taking advantage of a service that almost everyone uses to their benefit at some point in their academic career. If you have ever asked a friend or room mate, "Does this sound okay to you?", you should come and visit us! Bring either a printout of your work or your laptop with your work on it and get one-on-one assistance from a writing tutor.

How Can I Get the Most Out of MY VISIT TO the WLC?

The WLC is open to serve you and help you get the most out of your writing potential. Come prepared. Bring your assignment sheet with you, along with any other relevant textbooks or research materials. 

As far as possible, please have some notes, an outline, or a draft written before you show up in order to make your visit most effective. Tutors can best assist you when they have a concrete starting point in your own work.

A session at the Writing Learning Center, while rewarding, can be an intense experience for both you and your tutor. Come more than once. Seek out a particular tutor with whom you work well, or try a variety of tutors if you need a different perspective.

WHO WILL WORK WITH ME?

The Writing Learning Center is staffed by experienced student writers from a variety of academic disciplines. All WLC tutors have been formally trained and are available to help you, but certain tutors bring particular expertise and experience. Please feel free to select an appointment with a tutor who majors or minors in a particular subject, or who is affiliated with the Access Opportunity Program (AOP), or who is familiar with methods of teaching English to non-native speakers (ESL). These areas of expertise are indicated in the tutor biographies below, and on the scheduling calendar.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT:

Clients are seen on an appointment basis; please schedule with one of the tutors introduced below.  Walk-in clients will be seen only if there are available times.  

Remember to fill out a pre-session form before coming in for your appointment!