Writing Center

Writing Center

FAQs


I’m trying to start my paper, but I’m stuck. Can the Writing Center help me?

Certainly! The Writing Center helps writers at any stage of the writing process. We can help you brainstorm, outline, draft, revise, etc. Our services are aimed at helping the writer grow, so we advocate discussion and dialogue over serving as a grammar check.


My professor keeps talking about APA and MLA format. What are those? How do I cite correctly?

We get this question a lot. You’re not alone. Feel free to make an appointment to talk to us about correct citation. In the meantime, we encourage you to check out our “APA & MLA Format” page for more information.


I’m trying to adjust to college-level writing. How can I write a better thesis and use stronger organization?

Writing a strong thesis and building support are important concepts in any course. We can sit down with you and break down how a thesis works and how to make it effective. These ideas often take more time to fix. We work with writers, building up their understanding. Looking at writing is just a way of doing that.


I just got my paper back, and the instructor told me that my grammar is weak. What should I do?

Many instructors appreciate it when a student comes into their office during office hours to get clarification about such questions.  Of course, we can usually help you decipher some of the comments your instructor has made on your paper too.

Frequently, there is a pattern that emerges within a student's writing, and any problems are best handled with a little one-to-one instruction, which is available at the Writing Center.  You might also want to look at our information under “Writing Resources.”


How can I sign up for an appointment?

We handle our appointments through mckendree.mywconline.com. Once registered, students can make their own appointments for any available block in white.


Who can make online appointments?

At the beginning of Spring Term 2013, we opened online appointments to all students and faculty. Previously we only provided this service to distance learners. Although we encourage face-to-face meetings when possible, we understand the need for both services.


How do I prepare for a session?

We recommend that students read all relevant materials before coming to the Writing Center. It is also helpful to bring the instructor’s assignment sheet, a draft of your paper, and any supplementary readings to your appointment. The more we have to work with, the more effective we can make the session.


Who will be tutoring me?

The McKendree University Writing Center is rather unique in its tutoring approach. Our staff is composed of peer and faculty tutors. Peer tutors have often taken the same classes that students are struggling with while faculty tutors may have taught the class or have a larger background to draw from. We believe both types of tutors provide unique benefits to our students. Some people meet with a different tutor each time, while others consistently return to the same tutor. We let students decide what works best for them.