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Writing Center - FAQ

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1. Do I always have to make an appointment? >>

Making an appointment prior to coming to the Writing Center helps your tutor know what to expect; it is highly recommended. However, you can always walk in and wait for the next available tutor.

2. What do I need to bring to the Writing Center? >>

Make sure you have the following:

  • Syllabus, instructions for the particular assignment, and any handouts your instructor has given you to help you with the assignment.
  • Two hard copies of your paper or one hard copy and your laptop. If your paper and instructions have been emailed to me, bring only one hard copy or your laptop.
  • Your goals of the session and other points you would like to discuss.

3. Does my work have to be finished when I come to the meeting? >>

No; you may visit the Writing Center at any stage of your writing; it could be as early as at the brainstorming stage.

4. What if I can't keep an appointment? >>
If you know you cant keep an appointment for some reason, call us as soon as possible at (252) 398-6262 to reschedule or cancel your appointment.

5. May I just drop my paper by or email it for feedback? >>

No, you must be physically present with the tutor.

6. Will the tutor write any part of my paper? >>

No, your tutor will only make suggestions, and will not write for you. Bring questions to discuss on your title, thesis, structure and argument.

7. Will following the tutor's suggestions guarantee me an A? >>

No, a tutor's suggestions can only help to improve your writing; it cannot necessarily guarantee an A. Writing is a process and you can always make further improvements in it until the last minute.

8. How can I apply for a tutoring position at the Writing Center? >>
All tutors in the Writing Center are Chowan students, who have completed a training that the center provides. All students who have successfully completed English 101 and 102 are invited to apply for a position with two letters of recommendations, resume, a cover letter and a writing sample. For more information, contact Kerri Albertson, Director, at (252) 398-6262 or see him in Robert Marks Hall, Room 105.

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