Student FAQs

What is The Writing Center?
Where is The Writing Center?
Who goes to The Writing Center?
When should I go to The Writing Center?
What should I bring?
What can I expect when I get there?
Can I just drop off a paper and come back to pick it up later?
Does it cost anything?
How do I sign up for a tutorial session in The Writing Center?
What other services does the Writing Center offer?

What is The Writing Center?

The Writing Center is a place where writers working in any discipline meet with trained peer tutors in informal, one-on-one tutoring sessions that focus on the art of writing.

Where is The Writing Center?

The Writing Center is located on the right as you enter Fintel Library.

Who goes to The Writing Center?

The Writing Center welcomes writers working at any level of experience and proficiency.  Whether a writer is a first-year student struggling with mechanics in a composition class or an honors student in biology brainstorming ideas for a thesis project, the tutors in The Writing Center can provide valuable feedback and guidance.

When should I go to The Writing Center?

Writers are welcome and encouraged to seek tutoring at any stage of the writing process: brainstorming, drafting, revising, and/or editing.  Students are encouraged to seek assistance as early in the process as possible to allow for plenty of time to implement revisions and edits that will improve the text’s effectiveness. 

What should I bring?

Come to The Writing Center with the assignment; bring any prewriting or drafts you may have, as well.  If you are writing about a particular text, bring a copy of that, too.  Sometimes it is helpful if, on your first visit, you bring an additional sample of your writing as well.

What can I expect when I get there?

The Writing Center tutors will help you brainstorm ideas, organize your writing, construct or improve a central assertion or thesis statement, incorporate sources appropriately, and/or explain how you can identify and learn to correct grammar problems in your writing.  They can also talk to you about citation formats and specific types of writing—lab reports, proposals, etc.

Can I just drop off a paper and come back to pick it up later?

No, tutors will not proofread, edit, correct, or revise your papers FOR you.  Tutoring sessions are collaborative conversations between the tutor and you, and you, as the writer, are the decision-maker.  Tutoring sessions generally last half an hour.

Does it cost anything?

Tutoring is a FREE service for Roanoke College students, faculty, and staff.

How do I sign up for a tutorial session in The Writing Center?

Writers may schedule appointments by calling or stopping by the Writing Center; you may also click on "Make an Appointment" on the CLT webpage, or go directly to our online schedule. Register, then enter your name and password, and click on “Writing Center.”  Drop-ins are also welcome, as long as a tutor is available.  Writers are asked to limit their appointments to a maximum of one per day.  Our experience shows that tutoring is most effective with frequent writer/tutor meetings, so writers working on longer papers or projects are encouraged to schedule several appointments over several days’ or weeks’ time.

What other services does the Writing Center offer?

The Writing Center also offers a variety of writing-related workshops and creative writing playshops.  Check out the list on our Workshops and Playshops page.  You are invited to suggest topics for workshops. 

Come see us soon!