Welcome to the Writing Center - Write your future
At the Writing Center, tutors ask open-ended questions, offer constructive feedback, and act as an attentive and responsive “audience” for students of all levels at any stage of the writing process. We provide writing support in the form of one-on-one tutoring sessions, group tutoring sessions, writing groups, workshops, and other forms of writing intervention.
Our writing tutors are undergraduate and graduate students, representing various disciplines, including Humanities, Technical Writing, and ESL instruction.
Walk-ins are welcome, but scheduled appointments are encouraged. Scheduled sessions typically last 45 minutes, but walk-in sessions have a limit of 30 minutes. Please bring a copy of your assignment, a copy of your work, and your Comet card.
Undergraduates may schedule up to 3 appointments each week, and graduate students may schedule 2 appointments per week. No student may schedule more than one appointment on the same day or more than one appointment in advance
To help us help you, please use our checklist and bring it to your tutoring session.
What Students Are Saying:
“Great session. She did not try to provide answers in the form of sentences but rather gave me ideas on what to talk about. I appreciate this because I'll be able to feel like my paper is written all in my own words and done by me.”
“Very helpful. [My tutor] did give me some suggestions, but she did an even better job of leading me to my own conclusions about my writing, which I think is the most effective/helpful way of teaching. I will definitely return.”
“I loved my appointment! I got to flesh out the ideas I still had floating in my head in a logical manner. [My tutor] was very patient and listened to all of my ideas. Great time!”
Who can use the Writing Center?
You must be a currently enrolled student of UT Dallas.
How do I make an appointment?
DROP BY: MC 1.312
CALL: (972) 883-6736
It is always best to arrange for a session in advance because students who have scheduled consultations have priority over those who drop in for an appointment.
You can make only one appointment at a time. After you have either attended a session or canceled a previously made appointment, you can schedule another appointment.
How can the Writing Center help me?
In the spirit of collaboration, we give advice and make suggestions in order to help you develop as a writer. Typically, the concerns that students bring to the Center include but are not limited to:
- Finding a topic for a paper
- Organizing ideas and clarifying thoughts
- Drafting and revising papers
- Documenting sources
- Preparing for essay exams
At the Writing Center, we will help you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your paper and discuss strategies for improvement with you. We will also address any questions you have about the rules and conventions related to your writing assignment.
Because the help we provide is intended to foster independence, we do not proofread or edit papers. However, we will help you improve your proofreading and editing skills.
Can you estimate my grade on an assignment?
We do not assess your writing in terms of the grade that it might receive. It is the role of your instructor to evaluate your written work by assigning it a grade.
Our purpose is to provide a nonjudgmental atmosphere in which to help you become a more independent writer.
How much time should I allot for a consultation?
Scheduled consultations typically last 45 minutes and are limited to three per week per student. However, the appointments may not be on the same day. Walk-in sessions do not last more than 30 minutes and count towards the appointment total.
Can we make appointments for group projects and papers?
The Writing Center welcomes students working together on a group project; however, because the nature of such work is collaborative, we ask that all members of the group attend the session.
Alternatively, a student who wishes to work on his or her individual assignment for a group project can arrange for a one-to-one consultation.
If your group has more than three students in it, please be sure to call ahead. We can only guarantee appointments for large groups over the phone.
Can I make appointments for take-home exams?
The Student Success Center Writing Center does not assist students with take-home essay exams without prior approval as noted in the course syllabus, exam instructions, or an instructor email message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I need to cancel my appointment or arrive late?
At exactly 5 minutes late: You forfeit your appointment to any walk-in students who may be waiting. If no other students are waiting, you may still have the full 45-minute appointment up until the 15-minute mark.
At exactly 15 minutes late: Your appointment is changed to a walk-in session, meaning that you may only have 30 minutes for the session, and other students with appointments take priority over you.
At exactly 45 minutes late: You are considered a no-show.
If you need to cancel your session, call at least 2 hours in advance. If you do not, you will be considered a no-show.
No-show students cannot use tutoring services until Sunday of the next week.
How can I make certain that my consultation is as productive as possible?
Make your appointment well ahead of time and post it to your personal calendar. It is important to allow yourself enough time to work on developing the ideas or making the revisions that you and the consultant discuss. In addition, if you visit the Writing Center well before your paper is due, you will have the time to return for additional consultation.
The more informed we are about your concerns, the more we can help you.
Before arriving for your appointment, determine your objectives. What do you hope to gain from the session? For example, do you want to develop your topic, organize your argument, or refine the focus of your paper?
What should I bring to a consultation?
Don't forget your Comet Card!
Bring your professor’s instructions for the assignment and a copy of your paper. We prefer printed copies formatted according to course requirements, but we can also work with you on your laptop.
Also bring any other relevant materials, such as the professor's comments on an earlier draft and class notes.
If you are working on an application essay or internship report,bring a copy of the writing topic.
If you're still in the process of generating and organizing ideas and haven't yet written a draft, bring your questions to the consultation.
Can you let my instructor know that I am visiting the Writing Center?
Yes. At your request, we will open an electronic form for you to fill out that will send an email to your instructor. Be sure that you have your instructor’s correct email address.
I’m a graduate student. What do I need to know?
Graduate students can only make appointments with the Learning Specialist III (Thomasina Hickmann). We ask that graduate students only seek help with the later stages of writing: we cannot help them brainstorm their topic. They can only have one tutoring session about any short documents (2 – 3 pages) unless the LS III approves further sessions. Graduate students cannot see the LS III about resumes, cover letters, and any piece of writing that is one page or less.
Graduate students are limited to two appointments per week and cannot have more than one tutoring session in a day.