Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of writing can you help with?
We can support whatever you are working on, whether it’s academic, creative, professional, long- or short-form — pretty much anything you are writing!

How do I prepare for a session?
To get the most out of your session, it helps to come to the appointment prepared. We are happy to help you brainstorm and generate ideas at sessions, but you are encouraged to bring necessary documents and materials to aid discussions.

What should I expect from my session?
During your session, you and your tutor will work to accomplish your writing goals. Writing Center tutors are available to assist you with all phases of the writing process, including generating ideas, drafting, revising, and editing. Tutors can offer suggestions for improving content, organization, sentence structure, formatting, citations, and grammar.

How long will my session last?
The length of the session depends on whether you made an appointment or dropped in. Appointments are scheduled for 50 minutes, typically on the hour. Most of the time is spent discussing writing with a tutor; you will also complete some paperwork and develop a plan for after the session.

We encourage appointments because that guarantees you adequate time with a tutor. We welcome drop-ins, but please note that if you arrive at the end of the day or even at the end of the semester, time is limited and assistance is not guaranteed.

How do I let my instructor know I went to the Writing Center?
When you arrive at the Writing Center, let the tutor know you need documentation and then sign in to the Writing Center kiosk with your NMHU ID. This makes a record of your attendance. At the end of the session, you and your tutor will fill out a slip verifying and reviewing your session.

Where is the Writing Center located?
The Writing Center is located on the first floor of Douglas Hall, Room 115-E.

What types of resources are available in the Writing Center?
Before, during, and after your tutoring session, you may make use of our computer lab. We also have a library of source material on reading, writing, study skills, research papers, and documentation.