Writing Center

West Chester University

Dr. Karen Fitts
Associate Professor of English
214 Lawrence Center
610-430-5664
kfitts@wcupa.edu


Frequently Asked Questions

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What should I bring with me when I come? Do I need a draft?
You should bring in the assignment and whatever you have done so far. It is okay if you have not started writing yet. If you just have the assignment sheet and some ideas, bring those ideas in and we will help you brainstorm topics. We can help you wherever you are in the writing process.

Will you proofread my paper for me?
The Writing Center's ultimate goal is for you to become a better writer. If we merely marked your mistakes, you wouldn't learn much from the session. The paper is yours, and should be written by you, not by a tutor. This is also why you can not drop off your paper and have us proofread it for you. However, what we will do is talk about your writing with you, make some suggestions, and explain why we made those suggestions. Whether you want to change the things we suggest or not is your decision.

Why don't you write on my paper?
We'd prefer that YOU write on your paper during a tutorial at the Writing Center. Afterall, it's your paper. If we scribbled all over it, then it would be partly ours. Tutors do help students take notes and may write on papers with the student's permission, but it's not our goal to correct your paper. It's our goal to help you learn to correct it yourself.

Can you tell me what grade you think my paper will get?
We are not involved in your professor's grading process and therefore have no idea of what your grade will be. Additionally, every professor has different grading policies. If you have concerns, it is always a good idea to talk with your professor. The Writing Center can certainly help you with your writing, but it is not designed to be a substitute for your professor.

Will my professor know that I came?
If you want your teacher to know that you were at the Writing Center, we have a form called a Tutor Response Form that we can send to your instructor. It says only that you came to the Writing Center, and briefly outlines what we worked on in our session. Nothing on the Tutor Response form will evaluate your writing. If you don't want your instructor to know that you came to the Writing Center for help, then we will not send the form.

What do you write about me on the tutor response form?
We fill out a Tutor Response form for every visit to the Writing Center. It's how we keep statistics about how many tutorials we run, and which students we serve, and what writing issues are most common among our students. The Tutor Response Forms are completely non-evaluative. This means that we do not write anything about the quality of your writing. We will only write what we discussed during the session. If you want, we will copy the Tutor Response Form and send it to your instructor as a record of your visit to the Writing Center.

Why should I have a tutor response form sent?
The Tutor Response Form is a great way to let your professor know that you care about your writing and are putting effort into the assignment. You are showing the professor that you are willing to put extra time into the assignment, and professors always like to see that!

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