Q: I’ve heard being a writing tutor is the best job on campus. Is that true?
A: Yes, it is! Working at the Writing center allows you to improve your own writing while also helping other students from various backgrounds and disciplines. Find out more here.

Q: What happens at a feedback session? What do I need to bring?
A: There are no two sessions that are exactly alike because they are customized to what the writer needs. When the session begins, the tutor will ask you what you’re working on and what kind of feedback you want. If you already have a draft, typically the tutor will read it out loud with you, pausing to ask questions, address your concerns, and point out areas for improvement. The tutor might give you some time for writing or revision and you will end the session by discussing your next steps for the project.

It’s a good idea to bring everything related to the project you are working on: any drafts, research, the assignment prompt, comments from peer review or your instructor, notes, or outlines. We have computers and iPads in the Writing Center, you can bring your own, or you can work on paper copies.

Q: Can I email you my paper and have it looked over? Or, can I just drop off my paper and have it corrected?
A: No. All of our feedback is given in real time, either face-to-face or online. We work with writers; we don’t do work for writers.

Q: Who is that awesome woman at the front desk with the basket of chocolate?
A: That’s Melissa Hull, administrative coordinator for the Writing Center and Writing Program. If you have a question, there’s a 99% chance that she’ll be able to answer it on the spot.

Q: I made an online appointment. What now?
A: For online appointments, we collaborate on the document in Google Drive/Docs. We will set this up. Here’s how it works:

  • You will need to email the file(s) you want to work on to bsuwritingcenter@gmail.com at least 15 minutes before your appointment start time. 
  • Your tutor will email you back a link. Click on this link, and you will be in the shared document with your tutor. You can use the chat and comments feature to communicate with your tutor.
  • Alternatively, if you want to talk to your tutor while in the shared document, we can do that by using Skype, too. Let you tutor know if you want to do this.
  • Sometimes the connection time is slow, so be patient if your tutor is not in the document right at the start of the appointment.

Q: I’m trying to get into the online schedule, but it says my account has been disabled. What do I do?
A: If you have missed several appointments, your account will be disabled. Please contact us (writing@bsu.edu) for further assistance.

Q: My professor has required me to come to the Writing Center. How do I prove that I came?
A: Just let your tutor know and we will email your professor at the end of the session.

Q: How do I get my students to use the Writing Center?
A: We can come to your class for an introduction or you can bring your class to the center for a mini-field trip. You can include information about the Writing Center in your syllabus and encourage Writing Center visits before revisions. More information for faculty can be found here.

Q: What’s with the toys you have on the tutoring tables?
A: We have toys designed for expressly for fidgeting. Although initially crafted for folks with attention and anxiety concerns, most people like doing something with their hands while they think, talk, and strategize. Try one out and see what you think.