Loyola University Chicago

Writing Center

WC FAQS

Commonly Asked Questions

Will I get an A if I bring my essay to the Writing Center?

Not necessarily. Your specific teacher for that specific course will grade based on requirements that might be different for another teacher in another subject. Most likely you will get a higher grade than you would if you hadn't sought help. 

Isn't the Writing Center run by tutors getting English degrees? How can they understand my Science paper enough to help me with it?

Actually, most of the tutors in the Writing Center are pursuing other undergraduate or graduate degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, social work, and computer science. Others are seeking degrees in philosophy, theology, and political science as well as English and history. Though it's a good idea to look at the tutor bio pages to find the tutor whose degree subject or spoken language can assist you best with your assignment, all of our Writing Center tutors are taught to look for macroissues such as unclear language, a weak thesis and topic sentences, and other issues that appear in any kind of writing regardless of field. 

I'm a great writer! Can I join the Writing Center team as a tutor?

We welcome tutors from every discipline and background. To take the ENGL 220 prerequisite course for becoming a tutor in the Writing Center, undergraduates must be recommended either by their UCWR 110 teacher or a member of faculty on the strength of their writing and interpersonal skills, meaning that they have excelled at college writing. Applicants must also submit a writing sample to qualify for the course. Graduate tutors should email WC Director Amy Kessel to express their interest and qualifications. 

Can I bring my paper as a walk-in appointment?

Though tutors will do a walk-in appointment if they aren't busy with a face-to-face or online appointment, it is much safer to make an appointment through WC Online. Appointment slots fill up fast! 

How do I find out details about the tutors on WC Online? 

Go to the graduate bio page and undergraduate tutor bio page for information about majors, level of education, and personal interests.

When and where are Late Night Hours held?

Late Night Hours days and times can be found in the right column on our home page. Come to Lake Shore Campus (Information Commons 221) for your appointment. Note: Double-check your appointment day and time on the schedule to avoid confusion about appointment dates. Your hour-long appointment could start on Sunday at 11pm and end on Monday at 12am (that whole confusing midnight thing!)