Preparing for Your Session

1. Schedule an appointment online using

2. Be on time for your appointment.

3. Come to the Writing Center with your paper assignment and with rough drafts, if you have them.

4. Ask questions during your session, and keep an open mind when your tutor makes suggestions.

5. Remember: The Writing Center is not a fix-it shop; we work with you to improve your writing.



At Loyola University Chicago’s Writing Center, we seek to help all of our clients become better writers. We believe that all writers, of all levels of ability, can benefit from collaborative tutoring with experienced writers.


How to Make an Appointment:

Check out "How to: Writing Center" for a short tutorial on setting up face-to-face and online appointments. Appointment times can be either 30 minutes for a short essay or assignment or an hour for a longer essay or assignment that may require more time and assistance from your tutor.


Kinds of Appointments:

We offer three kinds of appointments: Face-to-face, Online Synchronous, and Written Feedback.

1. Face-to-face: Meet in person for 30 minutes to an hour with a trained writing tutor at the Lake Shore or Water Tower campuses. These one-on-one sessions can cover every stage of the writing process, from outlining to thesis statements to sentence structure. Bring ideas, drafts, and assignments.

2. Online Synchronous: Like face-to-face sessions, online sessions happen in real time for 30 minutes to an hour. The difference is that writers can meet for online appointments from home, a distant campus, or the dorms. At the time of the scheduled online appointment, writers sign in to WC Online and paste their writing to a chat feature. They can opt for video or typed interaction. Any form of writing is welcome!

3. Written Feedback: This asynchronous service is for nearly-completed or completed drafts. At least three hours before the session begins, writers upload Word documents and assignment rubrics to the appointment form. After reading the draft, tutors will write a summary letter and make comments in the margins of the paper, then send the draft back to the writer. Writers should allow an hour for every 5 pages of writing.


For more information on the appointments we offer, see the flowchart, "Which Appointment is Right for Me."


Appointment Policy:

Because of the large volume of appointments, students can only schedule appointments amounting to a maximum of 180 minutes per week (or the equivalent of three 1-hour appointments). Make sure that you are choosing the type of appointment that is appropriate for you and your work.


Appointment Cancellation Policy:

Sometimes students have difficulty finding an open appointment time at the Writing Center, especially at the end of each semester when slots tend to fill up fast. Because we want to tutor as many students as possible, we have configured online scheduling so that appointments must be canceled at least 3 hours in advance. If a client misses or cancels 2 appointments, their account will be locked until they and WC staff satisfactorily discuss the reasons for their repeated inability to attend tutoring sessions and their privileges are restored.

Please be considerate and make your appointment time available to others if you can't be there. Go to the appointment schedule, click on your appointment, scroll to the bottom of the screen, and click "CANCEL THIS APPOINTMENT."

Thank you for helping us make LUC Writing Center resources available to everyone!


ESL/ELL Assistance for Writers:

English is the second language of many of the writers who make appointments at the Writing Center. If you need extra language assistance, want to discuss writing, or just practice speaking English, it's a great idea to choose a tutor who has training in ESL/ELL teaching or who is in a second language. Besides appearing on the undergraduate and graduate tutor bio pages, this information will be located next to each tutor's name on the online appointment schedule. For example, if the tutor name on the schedule reads "Juan Diaz, ESL," that tutor has ESL training. If the name reads "Joan Smith, Spanish," then that tutor is fluent in Spanish.