Q: Do you have to have an appointment, or can you just walk in?
A: If we're not busy and you walk in, we'll be glad to work with you, but right before First Year English papers are due, we're pretty busy. And our schedule varies. Sometimes we have a lot of tutors and sometimes very few.
Q: Do I have to have my paper printed out?
A: No. You can print here for free. We have laptops we can use during sessions.
Q: What will happen in a session if I have a draft?
A: We'll ask you a few questions, then ask you to read your paper aloud.
A: Writers who read aloud are able to hear much of what they'll want to revise in a paper. The more you can do yourself, the better, we think.
Q: Then what?
A: The tutor will take notes on what you've read, and afterwards you'll have a conversation. The issues we begin with are the higher order concerns: have you met the requirements of the assignment, do you have a thesis if you need one, do you have adequate support for your arguments that are appropriate for your discipline? If grammar is a concern for you, we will look at that last. We have to physically look at the page to do that, and while we don't proofread, we do help you to find patterns of error, if they exist.
Q: What should I bring to my appointment at the writing center?
A: Bring your assignment. Bring your draft, if you have one, or notes, or just good ideas or questions.
Q: Can I use the writing center for all my courses?
A: Yes. We work with students for all four undergraduate years, with graduate students, with faculty members, and with Marquette staffers. We sometimes work with alumni as well.
Q: Will you help with letters or personal statements for law and medical school?
A: Yes. The Career Services Center will work with you on your resume, and the Arts and Sciences Office of Preprofessional Studies will give you good ideas about personal statements as well.
For more information, contact Rebecca Nowacek , Director of the Writing Center.