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The Writing Center

Arnold Writing Center

The Writing Center provides continuous help to students from all disciplines by providing one-on-one tutoring on a walk-in basis. Trained tutors are happy to assist in preparing written assignments, offer help in understanding errors on graded papers, and provide additional training in grammar, punctuation, and usage.

Services Provided

What tutors will do:

  • Read some of your work and indicate problems in unity, coherence, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
  • Teach you how to repair errors.
  • Guide you through the process of developing a thesis statement.
  • Share proofreading strategies that you can employ on your own.
  • Help you assess if you have documented your research-based paper correctly (APA or MLA style).
  • Raise questions regarding conformity with assignments.

What tutors will not do:

  • Proofread or edit your paper for you.
  • Make any marks or corrections on your paper.
  • Approve, grade, or evaluate your work.
Student Responsibilities

When to come:

  • at least one full day before an assignment is due (so that you have time to make the suggested revisions)
  • as often as you wish!

What to bring:

  • your assignment sheet
  • a typed, double-spaced draft of your paper, if you are at that stage of the Writing Process.
  • a pen or pencil for making corrections on your draft
  • specific questions

What to expect:

  • a 30-minute individual session with a tutor (during peak times you might need to wait for the next available tutor)
  • the tutor to go through some of your paper with you, focusing on the area(s) that you indicated on the intake form (thesis/topic sentences, style, organization, grammar/punctuation, documentation, or other)
  • online follow-up activities for skill development, if applicable and desired.