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The Writing Center



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Our Mission

The Writing Center serves students and faculty from all departments and all levels with one-on-one writing tutorial sessions. Our tutors can offer feedback on any type of written assignment—essays, job applications, reports, creative writing projects, and more. Our mission is to demonstrate the Christian virtues of hospitality and charity and to help our visitors grow not only as writers and thinkers but as people of faith and strong character. Our philosophy is shaped by the words of David I. Smith:

“When we teach, when we design learning, we offer a temporary home in which students will live for a while, and we shape the patterns of life together within which they will grow.”

—Smith, On Christian Teaching

Our Services

Writing Center tutors are available for individual appointments (which can be scheduled through TutorTrac) or during Writing Center drop-in hours 6pm-9pm Sundays-Thursdays. Our student tutors can help:

  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Transition between sentences, paragraphs, or ideas
  • Improve organization
  • Use correct grammar and punctuation
  • Cite sources correctly
  • Use evidence effectively
  • Refine sentence structure and word choice

Location

The Writing Center is located in Career Services Suite 128 on the 1st floor of the Allen Family Student Center near the Admissions office.

Contact Us

You can contact us by emailing the Writing Center or calling 903.233.4477.

Meeting with a Writing Center tutor

To schedule an individual tutoring session, use our online scheduling system on TutorTrac. Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance.

Writing tutors are also available on a drop-in basis from 6pm to 9pm in the Writing Center, AFSC Suite 128, Sunday through Thursday. No appointment is necessary. 

What to expect

The Writing Center isn't a “fix-it shop,” to use Stephen North’s phrase. Instead, our tutors guide your writing and shape habits that will improve not only the paper that you bring to us but all your writing in the future.

At the Writing Center, you don't just drop off your paper to be proofread and picked up later. Writing tutoring is an interactive process, so expect to discuss your paper, to read from it, and to answer questions meant to help you refine your thinking and writing.

What to bring

Whether coming for an individual appointment or during drop-in hours, always ensure you bring the following with you to the Writing Center:

  • Bring the most current draft of your assignment, either printed or on your computer
  • Bring the assignment sheet—it is important for our tutors to know what your professor is expecting
  • Bring yourself!

Cheat Sheets

Writing Center cheat sheets are quick and easy reference guides to common issues people have when writing papers. Printer-friendly versions of all our cheat sheets are available at the links below.

Other Resources

LETU research and tutoring resources
Purdue OWL formatting and style guides
Purdue OWL sample papers

Grad School Application Workshop

Tuesday, Nov. 5th, at 7:00pm in the Library Learning Lab

Interested in applying for grad school? Attend this workshop, sponsored by the Writing Center and Career Services!

  • Snack on some sweet treats
  • Hear about best practices for grad school applications
  • Have workshop time with Writing Center tutors to improve your application materials (cover letters, personal statements, writing samples, and more)
  • Come for the tips and tricks even if you’re not yet applying for grad school!

 


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