Loyola University Chicago

Writing Center

Tutoring Services

At LUC's Writing Center, our trained team members work alongside students and instructors on a variety of projects, including graded writing assignments for an academic course, a range of professional (e.g., cover letters, resumes, and CVs) and application materials (e.g., writing samples and personal statements), publications in progress, and creative writing endeavors (among others). Any form of writing is welcome, and we offer our assistance no matter what stage in the writing process you might be at. Explore the links below to gather more information about the services our team offers, and please reach out if you have any questions. We look forward to working with you!

Types of Appointments:

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 campus. These one-on-one sessions can cover every stage of the writing process, from brainstorming with a prompt to thesis statements and sentence structure. Bring ideas, drafts, and a variety of writing assignments.

2. Online Consultation: Like Face-to-Face sessions, Online Consultations 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 any place with wifi access. At the time of the scheduled Consultation, writers sign in to WC Online and paste their writing to a chat feature. They can opt for video conferencing or only a typed interaction. 

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 schedule one hour for every 5 pages of writing.

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

How to Make an Appointment:

Check out our brief tutorial on How to Schedule an Appointment with a tutor using myWConline. Face-to-Face and Online Synchronous appointments can be scheduled for 30- or 60-minute increments, depending on the length of your document. Written Feedback appointments may be scheduled between one and two hours long. We recommend at least one hour for every five pages of writing.

Scheduling Policy:

Due to the volume of clients the Writing Center serves, students can only schedule up to one appointment per day and three appointments per week, regardless of which tutor they work with. Please make sure you select the type of appointment that is appropriate for you and your work.

Cancellation Policy:

Students may have difficulty finding an open appointment at the Writing Center, especially at the end of the semester when slots fill up fast. Because we want to tutor as many students as possible, an appointment can only be canceled if there is more than an hour remaining before the start of the tutoring sessionIf a client misses or cancels 2 appointments, his/her/their account will be locked until the cleint meets with the WC Director to discuss satisfactorily the reasons behind his/her absences/cancellations.

We kindly ask that you be considerate and make your appointment time available to others if you cannot or no longer wish to attend. To do so, simply pull up the Writing Center schedule, select your appointment, scroll to the bottom of the screen, and click "CANCEL APPOINTMENT." 

We greatly appreciate your help to make the LUC Writing Center resources available to everyone!

ESL/ELL Assistance:

English is the second language of many 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 fluent 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.