Writing Center Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Writing Center located?

The Writing Center is located in Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall 203.

How can I contact the Writing Center?

The Writing Center can be reached at 326.2884 and through e-mail: writingcenter@tamiu.edu.

What are the Writing Center’s hours of operation?

During the Fall and Spring semesters, the Writing Center is open Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We also offer Sunday hours from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

During the Summer, the Writing Center is open Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Will the Writing Center proofread or edit my paper?

The Writing Center is not a drive-thru editing service.  We will help students identify and correct their mistakes, rather than proofread or edit papers.  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 or proof of visitation?

Students may not stop by the Writing Center just to get a stamp or proof of visitation 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 visit must come in ready to work with a tutor.  Each student will receive a session summary form with detailed comments from the tutor describing what was covered in the session. 


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.  We don’t take same day appointments, but students can schedule appointments for the following day. NOTE: The Writing Center experiences high traffic around midterms and finals. During these high traffic times, walk-ins and appointments may be limited and/or unavailable. Please plan, accordingly.

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.  Note: This rule also applies to online and virtual assistance.

What if I can’t visit the Writing Center? Can I still get assistance?

The Writing Center offers online assistance and virtual assistance. For guidelines and to submit work, please visit the following pages for Online Assistance and Virtual Assistance. We also have an extensive online resources section where students can find handouts and presentations on various subjects—from brainstorming to developing thesis statements to sentence variety. Click the following link to view our resources: http://www.tamiu.edu/uc/writingcenter/wchandouts.shtml.




Contact Information

Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall 203