Center for Student Success

Writing Center

Located on the third floor of the Library Building (Room 306), the Writing Center is a free, one-to-one service available to all members of the ACPHS community. It is staffed by peer and professional tutors who are trained to assist writers at all levels of ability with any type of written or oral communication task at any stage of the writing or oral communication process.

The Center's goal is to help writers and speakers become more confident, competent, and independent. Tutors work with students to create better writers and speakers, not just better papers and presentations.

All writers and speakers need trained, supportive and responsive readers and listeners. The Writing Center strives to provide an atmosphere in which writers and speakers can feel comfortable seeking support and feedback.

The Writing Center provides the following services:

  • One-to-one tutoring for students at any stage of a writing or oral communication project
  • Experienced faculty tutors to assist English as an Additional Language students
  • An ongoing workshop series that provides support for students with writing and communication tasks for their classes in a small group atmosphere
  • Weekend tutoring by appointment

The Center is designed to help students with their writing needs and create confident, self-reflective writers. It does not provide editing or proofreading assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an appointment to come to the Writing Center? 
The Writing Center is open on a drop-in basis on Monday and Wednesday between 11-5 and Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11-4. If the tutors are busy, you may have a short wait until one of the tutors can work with you. You may also schedule appointments on Saturday and Sunday. Click the following link to make an appointment

How can I prepare for my Writing Center session?
The Writing Center staff can best assist you if you come to the session with an assignment description, any additional information about the assignment your instructor has provided (such as rubrics, sample essays, etc.) and a sense of what you would like to accomplish in your session.

How long does a Writing Center session last?
Writing Center sessions typically last between 20-30 minutes depending on the writer's needs. If you need more than an hour to accomplish all the your goals for your writing task, you will need to work more than one session.

What kind of writing can I bring to the Writing Center?
We work with any type of writing for any class: essays for Academic Reading and Writing, Principles of Communication (POC), Humanities 101, 102, and 201 papers for electives and Health Care and Human Values as well as chemistry and organic chemistry abstracts, lab reports and papers, personal statements, resumes, and cover letters. We can also help with oral presentations for POC, Humanities, and Seminar.

What can I expect during a Writing Center session?
During a Writing Center session, tutors will help you identify areas of your draft or presentation that need to be strengthened and will assist you in developing strategies to address those needs. We work to engage the whole writer and his/her writing process; we will always begin a session by addressing "global"concerns (content, reasoning, structure) and will then work on "local" issues such as sentence structure and grammar. Please bring any questions you have about your work to your Writing Center session; also, please try allow enough time to work on multiple aspects of your paper or multiple drafts. It is difficult to accomplish much in a session the same day that your paper is due.

English is my second language; can the Writing Center help me?
The Writing Center is open to all writers and welcomes writers for whom English is a second language. ESL writers can work either with any of the Writing Center peer tutors or two professional tutors who are especially experienced in working with students for whom English is a second language.

Can the Writing Center help with oral presentations?
Yes, absolutely. We have a projector and a screen in the Writing Center, so you can practice your presentation in a comfortable, supportive environment with either the peer or professional tutors.

Can I bring my work to the Writing Center at any stage of the writing process? 
Yes. We can help brainstorm ideas, focus an early draft, revise a draft a teacher has commented on or help with polishing and editing a final draft. Always bring your questions and concerns to your tutor as well as all the information about an assignment you have available.

I am interested in becoming a Writing Center tutor; what do I need to do? 
If you are interested in becoming a Writing Center tutor, please contact Dr. Laura Rogers, Writing Center Director. Writing Center tutors are required to have earned at least a "B+" in Principles of Communication and need a recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with their writing. Writing Center peer tutors need to have both excellent writing and interpersonal skills.