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Frequently Asked Questions

What services are available at the Writing Center?

Peer writing assistants provide help with writing assignments in most courses, regardless of subject. They will also help with personal and professional writing projects. Students do not have to come in with a draft prepared; we can help brainstorm ideas or form a thesis, make sense of an assignment, offer guidance in formatting/citations and so on. Included in the tutoring staff are students majoring or minoring in a variety of subjects. Tutoring services are available to any Susquehanna University student.

Where is the Writing Center located?

The Writing Center is located in Fisher Hall, 2nd floor, Room 202.

How much does it cost?

The Writing Center's services are free to Susquehanna University students.

How do I make an appointment? Do you take walk-ins?

The center serves many students, so it is in your best interest to make an appointment. Students who make appointments are served first; walk-ins must wait until a tutor is available. In order to make an appointment, one can sign-up in person or call 570-372-4342. It is recommended that walk-ins show up at least one half hour before closing time so a productive session can take place.

What do I need to bring to a tutorial session?

Some important items to bring to a tutorial session include the teacher's description of the assignment, relevant class notes, any work you've done on the assignment before the session, blank paper for notes, and a pen or pencil. Stated in more general terms: you should bring anything that would help the writing assistant understand your goals for the assignment and that shows what you've accomplished thus far.

How long will a session take?

The length of each session depends on the student, the writing assistant and where the student is in his/her writing process; normally, half-hour appointments suffice for shorter essays, assignments or questions. For longer papers and a more thorough discussion, students can sign up for one hour. We will help any student for as long as it takes, given our appointment schedule allows.

How long before a paper’s due date should I come in?

This will depend on the stage of the writing process, but is best to visit the Writing Center at least a few days before a paper is due. There is always something that can be revised; students and their work need time for revision. Completing an assignment the night before it is due and bringing it to the Writing Center immediately before class begins will not allow the student to improve his/her writing ability, and in turn, his/her grade.

Can I e-mail my paper or drop it off to be picked up at a later time?

No; the Writing Center is not a drop-off service. When coming to the center, students should expect to sit with an assistant and engage in conservation about an assignment. In addition, papers should not be sent via e-mail to be “corrected” and sent back. Appointments may be made and minor questions or concerns may be addressed through e-mail, but there may not be an immediate response.

Can you fix my work?

Writing assistants may have the abilities necessary to "fix" your work, but that's not their job. Furthermore, "fixing" work qualifies as academic dishonesty (see SU Policy on Academic Honesty).

The Writing Center’s assistants strive to help students make their own decisions. If a particular assignment or situation required a more directive approach, the assistant might offer a few "corrections" but focus on a small portion of the assignment in order to guide the student in doing the rest of the work him/herself.

If I work with a writing assistant, am I going to get an A?

Although studies show that tutoring helps students earn better grades, the grade you earn is, ultimately, your responsibility.

Will my instructor know I came for help?

Records are kept on a sign-in sheet, and information is compiled. We only forward basic information about student visits (e.g., name, date, and time) to professors who request it. Most professors encourage students to seek help and see visits to the Writing Center as a positive step, but if you would prefer that we not reveal that you've sought our help with academic skills, please tell us and we will respect your wishes.



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