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Writing Center FAQ

What Happens in the Writing Center at the CWS?

Our tutors will assist you in writing essays and other papers for your classes. If you are working on a paper, you should bring your draft and a copy of the writing assignment to your tutoring session. The tutors are not “proof readers,” nor do they guarantee that your grades will improve merely by engaging in a tutoring session. They are, however, trained to assist you in spotting your own errors in your papers and guiding you to write clearly, coherently, and correctly. If you have not begun your writing assignment, our tutors will help you to brainstorm and create a plan for fulfilling the assignment.

Do I Need an Appointment to Meet with a Writing Center Tutor?

No, appointments are not necessary, but you should not wait until the last minute to visit the Writing Center. Sometimes you will find a short wait, but you should study quietly in our study room located behind the tutoring room.

What’s a Good Time to Drop by for Tutoring?

Our hours are Monday-Thursday from 6-10 p.m. and Sunday from 7-9 p.m. These times are also posted on YHC Connect and on signs around campus. We are usually busiest on Wednesday and Thursday nights, but any time big papers are due, the Center is likely to be busy.

Will I see the Same Tutor If I Come to the Center Often?

Our tutors have regularly assigned tutoring hours. If you would like to see the same tutor, ask for his or her schedule. You are not, however, obligated to see the same tutor each time you need help. In fact, it is helpful to work with more than one tutor as you may build a different, and perhaps better, rapport.

Have the Tutors Read My Reading Assignment?

No. The tutors may not have read the book, essay, or article you have been assigned, but their responsibility is to be sure that your response to the reading is clear. In addition, tutors have a synopsis of each book assigned by professors in English classes. You should tell the tutor about your reading assignment, and if you need help understanding a passage, they can assist you.

Do I  Have to Pay for Tutoring?

No. Young Harris College is committed to helping you reach your writing goals. There is no charge.

English Is Not My First Language. Can the Writing Center Tutors Still Help Me?

The Writing Center tutors have had some training in working with students whose first language is not English, and they are always willing to help you in any way they can. 

Center for Writing & Speaking


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