Frequently Asked Questions

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What exactly does the Writing Center do?

The Writing Center is a free tutoring service offered to all currently enrolled MTSU students. Since our consultants are also students like yourself, the Writing Center is a comfortable space to explore your writing. We offer one-on-one help with brainstorming, outlining, formatting, and organizing throughout your writing process. Though we are not a drop-off "paper editing, proofing, or correcting" service, we are able to help you grow as a writer through a variety of session types. During a session, a consultant and student work together to learn about writing, improve composition skills, and build the confidence necessary for students to reach their full potential as writers.

What will my visit be like?

When you first arrive, you should check-in at the front desk. You can then have a seat at one of our tables, lounge chairs, or computers. What happens from that point depends on you and what kind of session you have signed up for. We understand that everybody learns and writes differently, and our goal is to help you discover or refine the writing practices that work best for you. We know that sharing your writing can be really intimidating, but don’t worry! Our awesome Writing Consultants are here to help you.

Just how awesome are the Writing Consultants?

We are chock-full of awesome. Don't believe us? Come in and find out!

How do I make an appointment?

Appointments can be made in advance by phone or through WCONLINE, our online scheduler. When time is available, we also offer walk-in appointments. For more information about types of appointments or about WCONLINE, visit our appointments page.

How often can I schedule appointments?

Students can have up to one session per day. Those who feel they may benefit from regular Writing Center sessions should inquire about our Writing Partnerships.  Visit our Policies page for more information about Writing Center scheduling and attendance policies.

Can I email or drop off my paper for someone to review?

Short answer? No, and here's why: Consultants are here to work with you to cultivate your strengths and identify areas for improvement, and we want you to be an active part of that discussion.  We know that students are busy, though, so we offer online appointments and resources for students who can't make it to campus or who don't have time to stop in for a full session on the days they're on campus. Check all the ways you get help online on our Online Resources page.

I’m working on a group project. Can we come in for a group session?

Yes. Our scheduling system requires that the appointment be made under a single student’s name, so you’ll have to decide which one of you will be responsible for making and keeping track of any appointments. Also, please let us know when you make the appointment how many people will be attending.  See our Policies page for more info about group sessions.

I’m a distance learner and can’t come to campus. Can the Writing Center help me?

Absolutely! We serve the entire MTSU writing community, and that includes our distance learners! We offer online consultations very similar to our in-person consultations. We also have a variety of resources on our website. 

What are Writing Partnerships?

A Writing Partnership is a long-term session available for students who feel they would be best served by meeting with a consultant at a set time once a week. To be eligible for a Writing Partnership, you will need to have a long-term writing goal in mind. This could be anything from preparing for a test such as the GRE or PPST to improving a particular set of writing skills. A Writing Partnership is also a great option for someone working on a longer project like a thesis, dissertation, or novel.

Is the Writing Center only for English papers?

No! The Writing Center is here to help writers from all disciplines, and we also serve our community of faculty and staff. 

Can the Writing Center help with with speeches or presentations?

We will be happy to help you prepare for your speech or presentation. We even have space for you and/or your group to practice with one of our Writing Consultants to give you feedback. 

Can you help with writing that isn’t for a class?

We can! We serve the entire MTSU community with all types of writing.  Anything you are writing from academic letters, resumes, and applications, to limericks, short stories, songs, and novels are fantastic things to bring to the Writing Center.

Can you fix my commas?

Well, yes and no. The Writing Center is a collaborative learning center. During your session, we'll focus on helping learn about using grammatical conventions and help you apply them to your own writing. We will also supply you resources to guide and support your continued growth as a writer. Don’t worry -- we’ll be here to help you along the way!

I don’t have Microsoft Word! What do I do?

Don’t worry. All MTSU students have access to Microsoft Word via their Office 365 ProPlus subscription. Visit the Office 365ProPlus info page for more information or check out the Office 365 instructions page for setup.

Where can I find UWC handouts?

Our complete list of handouts can be found on our Online Resources page.

Can I work in the Writing Center?

We are always looking for motivated, talented undergraduate and graduate students to work in our center. Undergraduates must have already completed ENGL 1020 (or the equivalent) with a B or better. We prefer that undergraduate students have prior tutoring experience or have been through a tutor training program. The English Department offers ENGL 2550 ("Introduction to Peer Tutoring in Writing: Theory and Methods"), an EXL course that provides students with the foundations of tutoring writing as well as experience working in the MTSU Writing Center. To obtain an application, please contact Dr. James Hamby

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