Preparing for Your Session

1. Schedule online using to make an appointment with a tutor. 
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.

We at the LUC Writing Center want to guide you towards becoming a better writer so that you can clearly communicate your most important opinions and careful research in a thoughtful, thorough manner, starting from drafting based on your reading and lecture notes, private reflections, and discussion with peers to completing a final essay draft. Our undergraduate and graduate tutors from all disciplinary backgrounds will assist you at every stage of the writing process, helping you to understand prompts, conduct research, brainstorm, outline and draft your essay, and even format a Works Cited page or annotated bibliography.

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.

Late night hours at Lake Shore Campus can be confusing, since an hour-long appointment can start on Sunday at 11pm and end on Monday at 12am, so double-check the start date of your Writing Center appointment to avoid confusion.

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 cancelled at least 24 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," that tutor is fluent in Spanish.