Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Do I have to make an appointment?
No, we accept walk-ins. However, if you would like to meet at a specific time, you may make an appointment by stopping by or calling 336-750-8748. A typical consultation session lasts about 30 minutes.
2. Can I drop off my paper and pick it up later?
No, the writing center is here to engage, encourage, and improve your writing. We prefer to have you present so we can share writing strategies to help you improve your writing overtime. We will help you understand an assignment, organize a paper, develop support, and document sources. We provide feedback on your draft and help you revise, and proofread your own writing.
3. Can you help me if I do not have a finished draft?
Yes, we can help you at any stage of the writing process—from generating ideas to proofreading a fairly polished draft.
4. What kind of assignments can I bring?
All types of assignments are welcome. Our staff is trained to help not only writers of English papers, but also writers working on a wide array of assignments such as lab reports, research papers, reviews, lesson plans, and much more.
5. Are the sessions confidential?
Yes, all sessions are confidential. Your questions, thoughts, and ideas stay between you and your consultant, unless you decide to tell someone about the session. We do not grade you; we offer you feedback and support. If your professor needs confirmation of your attendance, please ask us for a signed attendance form.
6. How do I know that your consultants will be able to help me?
Our consultants have been through extensive training, making them familiar with many different types of writing. It is possible to request certain consultants if they are available during the time you wish to meet.
7. How can I prepare myself for my visit to the writing center?
Although we have a few computers available, we prefer you bring a hard copy of your work-in-progress. It is also useful to bring along a copy of the prompt or the assignment if your professor gave you one. Moreover, please give some thought to what you would like to focus on during your session to give you and your consultant a starting point for your consultation and to make the best of your 30-minute-session.
8. What if I have a very long paper, can I make an appointment for an hour-long session?
Yes, if you have a very long paper and you do not think that the 30-minute-session will be enough, just mention it when you come in and we will try to arrange for an extended session. As a guideline, papers that are more than seven pages in length typically require an extended session.
9. What if I am a graduate student—can I come to the center for help?
Graduate students are more than welcome to visit the center and the consultants will be able to work with you (we recommend, though, that graduate students request hour-long sessions).
10. Can I come to the center for help with a group project?
Yes, we can work with you individually or in small groups. For group projects, however, we recommend that all group members attend the writing center session simultaneously. Our sessions are highly interactive--if one group member is designated to bring a paper to the writing center, that group member may not be equipped to answer all of the questions that come up during the writing center consultation.
11. How can I become a writing consultant?
At various times throughout the academic year, we recruit new consultants. If you are interested in applying, please email Ms. Elizabeth Priest, Assistant Writing Center Director, for more information.