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Frequently Asked Questions

The IUP Writing Center provides one-on-one tutoring and word processing at no charge. The Writing Center is open to all students, faculty, and staff for assistance with writing. It is a quiet, comfortable place for writers to work.

What kind of help can I get?

A trained undergraduate or graduate student tutor will work with you on a one-to-one basis at any point in your writing assignment—finding ideas, drafting, revising, or documenting sources.

Can I use a computer at the Writing Center?

Yes. And if you need help getting started, a tutor will assist you. We have IBM-compatible computers which run MS Word and the full MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Internet Explorer). You may also print out your papers at the center using your I-card for 4 cents per page. We also have a small library of reference books, including current editions of the MLA Handbook, APA Manual, dictionaries, grammar books, and thesaurus.

Will a tutor correct my paper for me?

No, but a tutor will help you to correct or proofread your paper. We think it’s important to first get the ideas and organization the way you want them, and to leave the proofreading and correcting for another session. But your tutor will try to help you in whatever way you most need it. And while a lot of progress can be made in thirty to forty minutes, you should not expect to leave here with a perfect paper. Instead, you should expect to leave with some good ideas for revision.

What should I bring?

It’s a good idea to bring a copy of the assignment or course syllabus, as well as any notes, outlines, or rough drafts you may have.

Do I need an appointment?

While we recommend making an appointment to meet with a tutor, we do not require it. Just walk in, and if there’s a waiting list, put your name on it. If you have to wait, you can work on a computer in the meantime.

I’d like my instructor to know that I came to the center for help. Will you let him or her know?

At your request, the tutor will send your instructor a form stating when you visited and what you worked on. That way, your instructor will know that you are making an effort to improve your writing by visiting the Writing Center.

When is the center open?

Hours during the semester are Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To inquire about accessibility for the handicapped, please call us at 724-357-3029.

  • Writing Center
  • Eicher Hall, Room 218
    860 Grant Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-3029
  • Regular Hours
  • Monday through Thursday
  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday
  • 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.