EMU Information / EMU Resources / September 30, 2014

Some FAQs about the UWC

You’ve heard about the UWC, right? Of course you have! You read about it here, remember?


So you may be mulling over some questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked ones, and the answers, at no extra cost…

What should I bring with me to a consultation?

Please bring your writing and assignment sheet with you to the writing center. If you are working with research, it can also be helpful if you bring any article or book you need help referencing or citing.

What should I bring with me to a workshop?

If you are registering for Revising Your Writing, Organizing Your Writing, Polishing Your Writing, or Being a Good Peer Reviewer, please be sure to bring the draft(s) on which you are working with you.

Will you proofread/edit my paper for grammar mistakes?

At the writing center, our focus is helping you become a better writer. Because of that, we do not proofread or edit students’ papers. Instead, we will work with you to help you learn about writing, discover areas in which your writing can improve, and learn about how to resolve issues in your writing.

Will you help me with grammar?

Absolutely! We will work with you through instruction to address concerns about your grammar. We can read through your paper together to discover areas where you are struggling with grammar, and then work to address those issues. However, we will not look through your paper for every error, or “fix” your paper.

How long are consultations? After a session, can I work with another consultant or can I come back later for more help?

Consultations typically last half an hour. Consultants cannot comment on everything, nor should they. Too much feedback can overwhelm writers and detract from higher-priority concerns. It is also important that you have ownership over your own work and use the guidance we provide to learn to revise your own work. Therefore, we’d prefer that you limit your use of the UWC to one visit per day. We realize that there are circumstances in which there are exceptions to this. This also allows us time to consult with more students throughout the day since we have a limited number of consultants and time to work with students.

Can I drop off my paper and pick it up later?

No. We work one-to-one with students on their papers in order to help them become better writers. Our sessions typically last half an hour and will focus on your primary concerns about your writing or project.

Can I print out my paper at the UWC?

No, our computers are not hooked up to printers at this time. Please print out your paper before you come to the writing center.

Can we look at my paper on a computer?

We have computers that we can look at together. However, they are not always working, so it is best if you bring your printed out paper with you, or bring your own laptop. Our consultants may have their own personal laptops to refer to citation cites, or to look up information for their convenience, but these are not public computers for your use.

Can I send in my paper to you online?

We have the UWC Online (UWCO) available to students who are enrolled in online or distance learning programs. In order to use this service, you must be enrolled in one of the supported programs. For more information, see the UWCO webpage.

I saw a writing center in another building on campus, what is that? Is that for everyone?

We have been adding satellite locations within different colleges throughout campus. Those satellites are available to students in that college; for example, the College of Health and Human Services is located in Marshall and available to students enrolled in any of their programs. The exception is Pray-Harrold which is available to all students in all programs



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