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The Writing Center



  • Fall 2021 Tutoring
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For the Fall 2021 semester, LeTourneau University's Writing Center services are available to students through both in-person drop-in hours and virtual tutoring appointments via TutorTrac and Microsoft Teams.

In-Person Drop-In Hours 

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

Virtual Appointments 

Students looking for virtual tutoring appointments can schedule a meeting at least 24 hours in advance with an online Writing Center tutor by following these instructions:

  1. Sign in to TutorTrac with your LETU username (leaving out the "@letu.edu") and password, and click on "Search Availability." Then, select "Writing Center" from the drop-down menu on the left and enter your search criteria to see the appointments that are available.
  2. Select an available slot and fill out your information to schedule an appointment with the tutor.
  3. After scheduling, your tutor will send you an invitation to a Microsoft Teams meeting for your appointment time. RSVP "Yes" to add the meeting to your calendar.
    We recommend downloading Teams for a better appointment experience. Once installed on your device, just log in to Teams using your LETU email and password.
  4. If you already have a draft, please share the most current version with the tutor (via Teams message or email) before the appointment.
  5. Just before your appointment starts, join the Teams meeting with the tutor through the link in the email invitation or through the event in your calendar on Teams.

All appointment times are in CST.

If you have any questions or difficulties with this process, please email us.

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 you:

  • 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.

During the semester, writing tutors are also available on a drop-in basis from 6pm to 9pm Sunday through Thursday in the Writing Center, AFSC Suite 128. 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!

Carrie Fountain Poetry Reading

Sept 23rd, 2021, at 7:00pm in the Great Room, Allen Family Student Center

Hear 2019 Texas Poet Laureate Carrie Fountain read selected poetry from her newest collection, The Life, published in May 2021. Carrie Fountain is an award–winning poet and novelist. She is the author of two previous poetry collections, Instant Winner and Burn Lake — winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series Award — as well as a YA novel. Her poems have appeared in magazines such as Tin House, Poetry, and The New Yorker. Fountain is also the host of NPR’s This Is Just to Say, a podcast where she discusses the “writing life” with other poets and writers, and the coauthor of an upcoming children’s book. She is writer-in-residence at St. Edward’s University and lives in Austin, TX.

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

Meet the Writing Center Director



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