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The Writing Center

For Students

FAQ at the Writing Center, Clemson University Thank you for visiting. The Writing Center is here to support you in your writing process for any and every class. We hope this information helps you understand what to expect of, and how to prepare for, a Writing Center appointment. You may also wish to Make an Appointment or Meet Us.

Is the Writing Center for me?

If you are engaged in any form of expository writing, then the Writing Center is for you. We work with all writers at all levels. Whether you feel you are a strong writer or in need of a little extra help, we can help you.

What sorts of writing do you support?

We help with laboratory reports, resumes, cover letters, academic essays, personal statements, thesis or dissertations, literary or artistic analysis, multimodal projects, technical or recommendation reports, case studies, . . . etc., etc., etc.

We welcome writers in all majors, disciplines, levels of study, and aspects of the writing process.

Essentially, we help whenever there’s writing to be done!

How do I schedule an appointment?

Schedule an appointment by visiting our online booking system.

Do I have to make an appointment?

We welcome walk-ins, although we suggest making an appointment to ensure the availability of a tutor at your desired meeting time. If you stop by and we’re not available, we’ll help you make an appointment for a convenient time.

How do I cancel or reschedule an appointment?

You may cancel or reschedule an appointment by visiting our online booking system. Just click on the time slot that you have reserved and select “cancel this appointment” at the bottom of the screen. You can also give us a call or stop by the center and we can help you set up a time that best fits your schedule.

Is it free?

Yes. The Writing Center is a free resource available to all Clemson University faculty, staff, and students.

How often can I visit the Writing Center?

You may visit the Writing Center twice per week.

Where are you located?

For Spring 2013, The Writing Center is located in Academic Success Center room 307 or online (Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.). You can also visit us on the fourth floor of Cooper Library (Sunday-Thursday from 7-9 p.m.).  

We are closed during the summer months, and will post our Fall 2013 hours and locations as they become available.

When should I schedule an online appointment?

Online appointments are reserved for documents that are five pages or less. If you are working on a lengthier assignment or project, please schedule a face-to-face appointment.

Do I need to make an appointment for the Cooper Library location?

Appointments in the library are available on a first-come, first served basis.

What should I expect from my Writing Center appointment?

We use a student-centered approach to focus on your needs as a writer. We begin by asking you to explain your assignment, progress, and concerns. Then, we develop an agenda for our time together that responds to your particular writing situation. Then as our session draws to a close, we review your action plan for the next phase of your writing.

What should I do to prepare for my Writing Center appointment?

You should bring your work (hardcopy or laptop) along with the assignment to your session. You should also be prepared to tell us what you would like to work on. Also, bring blank paper and a writing utensil.

When is the best time to visit the Writing Center?

While we are happy to assist you at any point in the writing process, we recommend scheduling an appointment earlier to ensure that you have the opportunity to revise your work or make additional appointments. This will also guarantee our availability, as our schedule tends to fill up when large class assignments are due as well as during the weeks leading up to exams.

English is not my first language. Can I still use the Writing Center?

Yes. We assist students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. However, we are not able to offer tutoring services in any language other than English.

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