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Tips for Your Visit

For those who have never used the Writing Center before or even for those who have, here is a list of tips for your visit.

  1. Have at least one copy of your paper with you. If you do not have a hard copy, you may use one of the three computers in the Writing Center to print one out. If you would rather save on paper waste and have us read over your paper electronically, that is fine, but it is much easier to for you to take notes on a hard copy.
  2. Try reading your paper aloud or having the consultant read it aloud to you. People learn much more about revising their writing by reading aloud or hearing their words than they do by merely talking about their written work.
  3. Bring your assignment sheet. If we have the professor's assignment sheet, it is easier for us to understand the nature of the writing assignment. If you do not have the assignment sheet, then be prepared to give a detailed description of what you and the professor want out of the paper.
  4. Come early and often. Don't bring papers in right before their deadlines. This puts added pressure on you as well as us, so try to schedule a visit in advance and come as often as you need.
  5. Ask questions. Do not hesitate to ask any and all questions you may have about your assignment or the writing process in general. There are plenty of resources available in and out of the Writing Center, and we are there specifically to help you in any way we can.
  6. Feedback forms are available. If you would like proof of your visit to the Writing Center for your professor's sake, ask us for a referral form. Some professors may require students to have one of these forms, so please be sure to ask for one. You should also document your visit in the Writing Center's log book; that way, we can confirm when you were there.

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