Writing Center FAQ

  • How do I make an appointment? 
    • Go to hofstra.edu/writingcenter and click the picture on the top right of the screen that reads “Schedule an Appointment.” There is also a link at the bottom of this page that you can click on that says “Scheduling Page.” Or, go directly to our scheduling page at hofstra.mywconline.com to make an account. You will then be able to make an account, sign in, and schedule appointments.
  • Now that I have an appointment, where do I go? 
    • The Writing Center is located in Mason Hall 102. Mason is the long building running parallel to California Avenue. There’s parking across the street, but it can get really full, so if you are driving, try to give yourself some extra time to find parking and get to the center. Also, please note that late night and weekend appointments are no longer meeting in the library! All appointments are in Mason 102!
  • How many appointments can I make per day/week?
    • You can make one appointment per day and three appointments per week. Not only do we want to give as many students as possible the opportunity to work with us, but we want to encourage you to take time to work outside the center, in order to develop your independence and authority.
  • What do the colors on the appointment schedule mean?
    • White means an open appointment. Blue means a taken appointment. Red means your own online appointment. Gold means your own face-to-face appointment. Gray means appointments that are no longer available.
  • What should I do if I am running late?
    • Call the Writing Center and let us know that you are running late so that we can assist you. If you think you are going to be more than 10 minutes late, consider rescheduling your appointment so you can get a full session, and so that someone else can claim your session and make better use of the tutor’s time.
  • How do I cancel an appointment? 
    • If you realize you can’t make it to your appointment, please try to cancel at least two hours ahead of time, so another student has the opportunity to claim your appointment! To cancel, click on your scheduled appointment, scroll down, and hit “cancel appointment” or call the writing center at (516) 463-4908.
  • What kind of work can I do during a Writing Center appointment?
    • We can help you with any type of assignment, for any class, be it a humanities paper, a lab report, a business audit, a research paper, or whatever else. We can work with you at any stage in the writing process, whether you need help generating ideas, you need to make sure your content and organization makes sense, you need to work past writers block, or you have a final draft and you just want to make sure it’s coherent.
  • What about  résumés, cover letters, personal statements etc…?
    • We’re happy to work with you on all of these kinds of writing tasks! Also consider going to The Career Center at Hofstra, which is also a great resource for resume and cover letter writing!
  • What about Grammar/Proofreading/Line Editing?
    • While we prefer to prioritize the content and the ideas of the paper, and all of the higher-level issues related to those ideas, we are also happy to work with you on grammar, if that’s really all you need to work on. However, we are not a proofreading service; we’ll identify issues that you’re having, and give you tools to correct those issues, but the goal is ultimately to improve your skills as a writer, and give you the ability to proofread your own papers without needing to rely on the Writing Center. 🙂
  • Can the writing center help with group writing assignments? 
    • Yes, but please be sure to let us know that you’re coming in with a group so that we can better accommodate you.
  • How do online appointments work?
    •  When it is time for the session, click on the appointment you made and hit “Start or Join Online Consultation.” You’ll upload your paper (and the prompt, and whatever other materials you need to work effectively) and you and the tutor will be able to talk to each other and work on your paper through an online chat.
  • Can the writing center grade my paper? 
    • We are not your professor, so we cannot give you a grade, tell you what grade we think you will or should get on a paper, or guarantee a better grade. Our goal is to improve your writing and your skills as a writer as much as possible, but only your professors can tell you what kind of grade you’ll get.
  • How do I become a tutor as an undergraduate student? 
    • We’re glad you want to work with us! To become a tutor, you need to take the class  WSC 101 (Practicum in Writing Center Pedagogy) during which you’ll discuss the kinds of work Writing Centers do and shadow sessions in the Center as a way to hone your tutoring skills. We also recommend taking WSC 102 (Grammar for Writers).
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