Writing Center Frequently Asked Questions

Will the Writing Center proofread my paper?

The Writing Center is not a drive-thru editing service.  We will help students identify and correct their mistakes, rather than proofread.  Students are expected to participate in the revising process. Our ultimate goal is to create increasingly more independent writers.

Can I drop off my paper, have it corrected, and pick it up?

No.  All tutoring sessions are interactive and require the physical presence of the writers.  Remember, our goal is to help you become a better writer.

Can I just stop by the Writing Center to get a stamp?

Students may not stop by the Writing Center just to get a stamp without first meeting with a tutor. Students visiting  the Writing Center just minutes before an assignment is due will not receive immediate or adequate assistance.  Students needing a Writing Center stamp must come in ready to work with a tutor for at least 20 minutes before acquiring the stamp.  Each student will receive a referral form with detailed comments from the tutor describing what was covered in the session. 

Will the tutor make corrections on my paper?

The Writing Center has a strict “No-Pen Policy.”  At no point during the tutoring session should a tutor write on your paper.  This allows students to maintain ownership of their work.

Do I need to schedule an appointment?

Walk-ins are welcomed, but students are subject to a waitlist should there be no available tutors. Thus, students are encouraged to schedule appointments to avoid wait periods.  All appointments require at least 24 hours notice. 

If I come to the Writing Center, will I be guaranteed a good grade?

The Writing Center does not guarantee higher grades; however, we do hope that your writing improves or that you take some helpful information with you.

Is there a limit to the number of daily tutoring sessions I can have?

In order to foster independence, students may receive a maximum of 2 tutoring sessions each day.  All students must work independently for at least 1 hour before the second session occurs.  This rule is strictly enforced.   


Contact Information

Billy F. Cowart Hall 203

956-326-2883 or 956-326-2884



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