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FAQs for Students

Where is the Writing Center?  Carpenter Academic Building, room 408.

When is the Writing Center open?  Click here for our schedule .

Can I just walk in without an appointment?  Yes, but if all the tutors are busy with other students who have scheduled appointments, you may have to return another day.

Do I have to register through WCONLINE even if I just drop into the Center?  Yes, but if you drop in, we’ll be glad to help you register and get set up for sessions.

How many times a week can I meet with a tutor?  2-3 times.

I’m an ADP student and live more than 25 miles from Staunton.   Can I still use the Writing Center?  Yes.  You can schedule an online tutoring session through WCONLINE.

Should I bring my paper on my laptop during an unscheduled walk-in appointment?  Yes, bring your laptop, but please print your paper out and bring the hard copy with you.

I scheduled a face-to-face meeting.  How do I attach a paper for my tutor?  Click the yellow folder icon on the schedule and upload a document. Your tutor thanks you: she’ll be able to read your paper in advance of your session.

How will the tutor see my paper if I make an online appointment?  When you schedule your online session through WCONLINE, you can attach a paper in advance by clicking the yellow folder icon.

English is not my first language, and I am afraid my paper is not grammatical.  Will a 30 minute tutorial really help me?  Yes, and you are welcome to schedule longer appointments several times a week.

What if I forget my appointment?  Our scheduler sends you an email reminder the night before your appointment.

Something came up at the last minute, and I can’t make my appointment this evening. What should I do?  Log into WCOnline to cancel or change your appointment.  NOTE: Do this at least an hour before your appointment, or you’ll be sent a “missed appointment” email and counted as a “no show”.

I was 10 minutes late to my session and my tutor was helping someone else.  Sorry, but 10 minutes late = one “no show”.  You should try to arrive 5 minutes early for your appointments.

Help!  I just missed my second appointment and can’t log in to make an appointment. If you miss 2 appointments, you are dropped from the scheduling system and won’t be allowed to make another appointment without permission from the Director.  (If you miss 3 appointments, you won’t be allowed to use the Center for the rest of the semester.)

Do Writing Center tutors proofread and edit papers?  No.  Tutors help writers learn to recognize errors, and we offer strategies and practice that will help you correct your own errors and improve your proofreading and editing skills.  We do not proofread papers.

My paper is due tomorrow afternoon — right after my tutoring session.  How quickly can the Writing Center help me get my paper in shape?  Probably not that quickly! We can certainly help, but start earlier to give yourself time to revise your paper after your Writing Center appointment.

Can the Writing Center help me if I haven’t started writing yet?  Absolutely.  We can discuss the assignment and help you generate ideas.

My professor said I could revise at the Writing Center to improve my grade. We can’t promise you a better grade.  We focus upon helping you improve your writing.  Your grade is up to you and your professor.

Help! I’m not sure my paper has a thesis; in fact, I’m not sure what in the world I’m trying to say.  Can you help? Yes.  We can show you examples of strong thesis statements and help you make sure your thesis states a position or opinion. We can also help you clarify your main points.

I live in the dorm but don’t feel like walking to Academic. Can I have an online appointment?  No.  Only students who live 25 miles or more from campus may make online appointments.

I can’t figure out how to register.  Come by the Writing Center and we’ll get you started.  Off campus? Email us writingcenter@mbc.edu for help.