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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I have to be in an English class to get help with my writing?

No. The Writing Center is happy to help with writing projects from any class, major, or degree plan.

Do I need to make an appointment?
No. If you'd like to make an appointment you can do so by calling the Writing Center (254-968-1814), but most of our students are walk-ins. You may drop by during any of our office hours.
Do I need to bring anything?
Yes. Please bring your assignment sheet, articles or other materials provided by your instructor, and any sources and drafts you may already have. Bringing these materials ensures that tutors understand your assignment and helps them know what to look for.
How long will my tutorial be?

The length of tutorials varies between 15 minutes and an hour. In order to better serve the Tarleton State community, the Writing Center has a 60 minute time limit for tutorials. The tutors are able to assist students with approximately ten pages of text in an hour (the time limit for tutorials per student, per day).   This ensures that our consultants are able to dedicate enough time and assistance to all students seeking help. 

Can I drop my paper off?

No. The mission of the Writing Center is to help individual students progress as writers. This is best accomplished when the student and tutor go through the paper together. As students continue to visit the Writing Center, they will better recognize their strengths and weaknesses as writers and learn to highlight those strengths while improving on weaknesses. Dropping a paper off robs the writer of this valuable experience. If you don't have time to sit down with a tutor, you can email your paper to writingcenter@tarleton.edu, but please keep in mind that there is a 48-hour turn around policy* on all online submissions.

*In high volume periods, Writing Center personnel will extend the turnaround period to 72 hours, excluding nights and weekends. Please keep this in mind if you submit a paper through email in a high-traffic period such as mid-terms, final exams, and other times in the semester.