The Writing Center will help you at any stage of the writing process.
Any CSP student (TRAD and online) and alum can use the Writing Center. The Writing Center also assists staff and faculty.
During the Academic Year:
During Summer: By appointment only (please call or email for an appointment firstname.lastname@example.org; 651.641.8769)
The Writing Center is located on the “South Side” of the library, to the left after you enter.
You will see a sign that says “Tutoring and Writing.” Please check in at this desk so that we can pair you with your tutor! (If you don’t check in, your tutor may not know that you’re here).
Appointments are not required but highly recommended. We can accommodate some walk-ins, but there is no guarantee that someone will be available to meet with you.
If you make an appointment for an open time slot, you are guaranteed to meet with someone!
We are currently transitioning to Accudemia for scheduling. For now, you can email email@example.com for assistance.
Life happens and we understand, but please let us know if you need to cancel an appointment. You can either delete the appointment on the calendar or send an email to let us know. It is important to cancel your appointment because another student may want that time slot.
No show policy: Students with two no show appointments without notifying us will not be allowed to schedule an appointment for the remainder of the semester.
Tutors are trained to work 1-1 in person, but we do allow some email submissions. We have a 24 hour response time during the week and longer over the weekends since we are not open Saturday and Sunday.
Also, please do not email an entire paper and say “please correct.” Let us know what aspect you’d like the tutor to focus on, for example APA, MLA, organization, strength of thesis, etc.
No, you cannot simply drop off your paper for corrections.
While we will provide some help with grammar and punctuation, we are teachers, not editors, so we do not go through and correct all grammatical errors.
If we simply make corrections, writers will not learn the rules and conventions of written language.
Instead, we will look for patterns of errors, teach you the relevant grammatical/punctuation rules and then help you identify the errors so that you become a better writer.
For example, if we notice that you have a lot of fragments, we will point out a fragment, show you the different ways to correct it, and then challenge you to find other fragments and make the corrections.
If you struggle with commas, we will identify sentences with comma errors, teach comma rules and then work with you to find and correct other sentences with comma errors.
It’s a good idea to bring a copy of the assignment description/requirements, grading rubric and/or course syllabus, including any notes, outlines, or rough drafts. You may also want to bring a laptop or other device in case we need to access content on Blackboard for more information or clarification of an assignment.
You can expect to meet a tutor who will help you with any aspect of any stage of any kind of writing, as much as time permits in a 30 minute session.
You can expect to meet a person who is friendly, patient and knowledgeable, who will help you decide what needs improvement in your writing. The tutor will then teach you the necessary skills to improve not just your paper, but your writing as well.
You can expect this tutor, and the Writing Center, to keep working with you for as long as you need, whether that means one session, one week, one semester, or your whole time at CSP.
Please do not expect your tutor to get through everything in one session, especially if you have a long paper or a paper with lots of comments and corrections by your professor.
Good writing comes through revision and multiple drafts, so the sooner you come in for tutoring, the more tutoring sessions you’ll be able attend, the better your paper/project will be.
As mentioned above, don’t expect to get your papers corrected or proofread, which is called editing. (You may not know this, but it is against policy for tutors to edit papers.) The Writing Center works directly with you to help you improve as a writer so that you can learn to recognize these errors on your own.
As early and as frequently as possible. Tutors are generally not able to help much if you come in a few hours before a paper is due.
Good writing comes through revision. It is best to come in to get some help getting started and then again for rough and final draft reviews.
If your paper is in progress:
If you have received feedback from your professor:
If you come in to revise a paper that has been marked and graded, your tutor can go over it line by line and error by error with you, in one or more sessions. The tutor will also decide what materials and tasks to work on with him/her, for as many sessions as you need.
If you come to work on a paper that has not been marked and graded by your teacher, or that you haven’t even started, there are several things your tutor can and cannot do. As already mentioned, a tutor may not proofread and edit the whole paper. But there is a great deal your tutor can do to help you.
If you have a finished draft:
Writing Center tutors take ENG 324 Teaching 1-1. Only in rare cases do we accept applications from students who have not taken the course. If you are interested in becoming a Writing Center Tutor, please search for the position on Handshake, our online job board.