FAQs & Resources

When is the Writing Center open, and do I need an appointment?
Desk hours are when tutors are available at the Writing Center desk -- no appointment needed.
Monday-Thursday: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
If you want or need an appointment, fill out a tutor request form 48 hours in advance.

Is the Writing Center open in the summer?
No. Open desk hours usually start the second week of the semester and continue until the final day of classes. If you need a tutor immediately when the semester begins, simply e-mail the Writing Center or fill out the Tutor Request Form (link on the left-hand side of this page).

Is the Writing Center open during finals week?
For desk hours, no. However, individual appointments can be made, pending the availability of the tutors. Please make sure you schedule an appointment at least a week in advance before finals week.

What happens if LVC is closed or delayed due to weather?
As long as Mund College Center is open, the Writing Center will be open as planned for desk hours. However, if you make an individual appointment, please keep in mind that some of our tutors are commuters. Please contact your tutor directly to confirm appointment in the case of bad weather.

Is the Writing Center open on Dutchmen Day?
Desk hours will still occur on Dutchmen Day. If you have an individual appointment on this day, please contact your tutor directly to confirm appointment.

What is the Writing Center Policy on proof-reading and editing papers?
Proofing & Editing Policy
The tutors will not write your paper for you. Their job is to help you improve your own writing skills by asking questions, by being an audience, by listening and asking you about what you want to say and then guiding you to say it effectively through process writing. They will help you to negotiate the several stages of writing such as prewriting, organization, revising, and editing.

The Writing Center does make accommodations for those with documented learning challenges or special needs.

What are some tips that will help me to write effectively?
  • Start papers early so that you aren't trying to write a fifteen-page paper the night before it's due. Not only is it stressful, but it limits the amount of help tutors can provide for you.
  • Manage your time wisely when writing a paper. Dividing the writing process into several smaller steps will make writing a paper less stressful and easier to do. This way, if you do get stuck at a certain point, tutors will be able to help you one step at a time.
  • Utilize prewriting to begin a paper and get your thoughts going. Use several different techniques until you find some you like the best. Brainstorming, free-writing, and clustering or mapping, cubing and dialoguing are just a few examples of invention strategies.
  • Read your written paper out loud to others to check for errors and cohesiveness. Listening to the work separates what you thought you said from what you actually said.
  • Utilize the resources you have at hand. Writing handbooks will often have answers to your questions about punctuation, grammar, citations, and several other things. Other answers to questions about correct usage, development of style, or grammar questions can be found on-line or at the Writing Center in our resource library or by conferencing with our tutors.
  • Revise your paper from large issues to smaller ones. Don't make punctuation or spelling a priority until you reflect upon what you are saying and how you are saying it. Revision= re-seeing what you want the reader to hear and know.