Frequently Asked Questions about the Kathleen Jones White Writing Center

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. The computers in our lab run the full Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access and Publisher) as well as Adobe Photoshop and Premiere. You may print out your papers at the center using your I-Card for .04 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 30 to 45 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?

We do not take appointments at either of our campus locations 218 Eicher Hall or the Library Satellite. Just walk in and put your name on the list. If you have to wait, you can work on a computer in the meantime. We require appointments only for sessions through the Online Writing Center, which can be booked on the Meet Us Online page.

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 Writing Center open?

Hours at the Writing Center in 218 Eicher Hall during the semester are Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hours at the Library Satellite are Monday through Thursday 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Call 724-357-3029 for directions to either location or for the current Online Writing Center hours.

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