Tutoring Services provides a quiet, supportive environment with writing consultants available to help students generate and organize ideas, start the writing process, take a fresh look at existing work and assist with proper grammar and documentation. A one-on-one, 50-minute tutorial is the primary service. During this tutorial, students meet with a trained and experienced writing consultant who will read their writing assignment and discuss ways to improve the writing. Students can request that the tutorial focus on an area of particular concern or let the tutor determine the focus. Tutors will typically look for global issues first, such as audience awareness, organization, thesis, and development. If there is time, or over multiple appointments, sentence-level concerns such as grammar, mechanics and word choice can also be discussed.
Papers from all university courses are welcome, including but not limited to English, business, communications, nursing and engineering. Students can bring in essays, research papers, Master's theses, dissertations, technical writing, poetry, fiction or any other writing project. One-on-one writing conferences are not just for professional writers working with their editors, nor are such conferences reserved for remedial writers and their tutors. Writing conferences can benefit anyone.
Tutoring Services has a growing reference library of writing-related books, including the most popular style manuals (APA, MLA, and Chicago). We also have a large collection of quick-reference handouts on topics ranging from thesis statements to documentation.
Computers with Microsoft Word and the Microsoft Office Suite are available for students to use for writing assignments and tasks.