What to Expect

Come to your Writing Center appointment with a printed copy of your paper, as well as a copy of the assignment handout. Also, think about what particular areas of assistance you might need at your appointment, so that your tutor can gear his or her advice to your particular needs.

At your appointment, you can expect your tutor to begin with a series of questions about the assignment and/or your writing. The tutor might ask, for example, what strengths and weaknesses you can identify in your paper, or whether you have any particular questions. Your tutor will then read your paper and provide feedback on particular areas of concern. Your tutor will move from large-scale issues (such as organization or research) to small-scale concerns of grammar and punctuation. During your appointment, you may not even discuss these small-scale concerns if the tutor focuses more on the bigger picture of your paper.