The USA Writing Center employs friendly, professional graduate students from a variety of disciplines. The consultants have extensive writing experience, as well as comprehensive training in academic tutoring.
The USA Writing Center has several locations on campus. The primary office is located in Alpha Hall East, Room 230. Sessions are also available in the University Library, Room 240-A. Writing consultants do not meet with other students in outside locations.
The USA Writing Center is a free service for anyone within the USA community, including part-time students, full-time students, faculty, and staff members.
Appointments are not mandatory. However, walk-in sessions are extremely limited due to the heavy demand for USA Writing Center services. We strongly encourage students to schedule appointments several days in advance.
The USA Writing Center seeks to improve writers, not specific papers. We are not an editing or proofreading service, and we do not “correct” mistakes with a red pen. Successful consultations involve collaboration between the writer and the consultant, and therefore, the student must be present for each session.
Sessions at the USA Writing Center are available in 30-minute and 1-hour increments.
First and foremost, a session at USA Writing Center involves a personal, friendly conversation that focuses on the individual questions and concerns of the client. The USA Writing Center believes in the process of writing, and a session could include a discussion on any step within this process (i.e. brainstorming, revising, researching, etc.).
You should bring several things to the USA Writing Center in order to ensure a successful session. First, bring a copy of the assignment (if possible). This allows the consultant to understand the requirements of the specific project. Second, bring two copies of their current draft, unless the session will focus on pre-writing strategies. Third, bring any source material associated with the assignment. For example, if you are writing a summary, bring the essay or article you are summarizing. Fourth, bring an attitude of active participation.
In a perfect world, the USA Writing Center would be available at the student’s convenience. However, our services are in high demand, so appointment availability is often limited. We recommend you schedule an appointment as far in advance as possible. In addition, we recommend you schedule the first appointment at least a week before the assignment due date. This allows you to address each stage in the writing process with the necessary attention.
In an effort to serve as many students as possible, we reserve the right to limit student appointments within one academic week based on demand of services. This limitation is especially necessary in the later weeks of each semester due to the heavy demand resulting from final papers and projects.
The Writing Center is not limited to English projects. We strongly believe in the importance of writing in every academic discipline. Because of this belief, we welcome writing projects from a variety of fields, including medical reports, business analyses, artist statements, etc. The USA Writing Center can also assist with certain personal projects, such as applications, personal statements, recommendation letters, and many others. If you have further questions on your specific writing project, schedule an appointment, and we will be glad to discuss the possibility of our involvement and collaboration.
To make an appointment for the writing center, click on the “Schedule” tab on the left side of our home page. It has a short video that will guide you through the steps of making an appointment.
If you are running a few minutes late, you will still be able to see a consultant; the time will just be taken away from your scheduled time. However, if you are more than 10 minutes late for an appointment, you will be marked as a “no-show.” In this case, you may lose your appointment to a walk-in. After two “no-show” occurrences, your account will be placed on temporary hold until you call the Writing center for reactivation.
We understand the occasional emergency, but if possible, we request that you give at least 24 hour notice about cancellation of an appointment. To cancel an appointment, simply log in to the schedule, pull up your appointment, and click “Cancel” at the bottom. You can also call us at 460-6480, and we will cancel the appointment for you. If you miss two appointments in one week without advanced cancellation, your account will be placed on hold, and you will have to call the USA Writing Center for reactivation.
The USA Writing Center assists in every aspect of a written project, and citations are one of the most important. Consultants are experienced in the various citation styles, and students will also have access to professional handouts and worksheets for future reference. If you need help with anything related to citations, make an appointment and specify the citation style.
If you are working with a group, be sure to indicate in your appointment that there is a group coming. Schedule your appointment for at least one hour; we can accommodate larger groups with a longer appointment time if necessary. If you would like to request a longer time for a group appointment, call us at 460-6480.
All online writing center consultations are done through SmartThinking. Click on the following link to access SmartThinking: http://www.smarthinking.com/static/pub_common/hours.cfm?st=1
The USA Writing Center does not speculate about grades. We are here to offer advice, not guarantee results. It is the responsibility of the student to implement the advice and notes from the consultation. Once again, the goal of the USA Writing Center is to foster a culture of writing throughout the university experience to improve academic writing skills, critical thinking and professional preparation.