Frequently Asked Questions

Who can use it?

All students can receive assistance in writing papers for all courses.

International students can receive help mastering the conventions of standard written English grammar and usage.

What services are provided?

  • Tutors can get you started and help you overcome the “blank page” terror – not knowing what to write or how to begin.
  • Tutors can teach you how to plan, draft, revise, edit, and correct your own grammar and spelling.
  • Sequenced tutorials can help you review areas of grammar and usage as applied to written prose.

But …

  • Tutors can’t guarantee improved grades! They can teach you to revise your own writing.
  • Tutors don’t offer a quick fix! They do help, but you are expected to do your own checking and editing.
  • Tutors can’t be a last-minute solution! Tutors are not expected to work overtime if you arrive shortly before closing time.

Do I need an appointment?

Appointments are preferred. Call 434.544.8279 for an appointment, or schedule online.

Due to heavy demand just before midterm and final exams, appointments cannot always be guaranteed. Make appointments well in advance.

If tutors are not already busy with students who made appointments, they will meet with students on a walk-in basis.

What materials should I bring?

Bring a completed paper for review, a started paper, a pile of notes, or just plain panic! Be sure to bring a copy of your professor’s assignment sheet or syllabus and your reading materials. If you plan to use our computers, please save your paper to your P drive in order to access it in the Writing Center.

How do I become a tutor?

Students with strong writing skills and a minimum GPA of 3.0 can work as Writing Center tutors. Most tutors are paid through the work/study program; however, a few tutors earn academic credit for their work in the Writing Center.

Tutors may specialize in writing requirements across the curriculum or in a specific academic discipline.

For more information, contact Professor Jer Bryant at 434.544.8588.