Writing Center Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I come to the Writing Center for guidance on how to write a paper even though I have not written anything?
Yes! Bring in the assignment sheet from your teacher, and the tutor can guide you in techniques to help get you started (brainstorming, webbing, outlining, etc.)
Do I have to be failing a course to get help at the Writing Center?
No, many students who come in to The Writing Center are "A", "B", and "C" students who want an extra pair of eyes to look over the paper.
How do I get verification of my Writing Center appointment for my instructor?
Please ask the tutor to send you an email report of your session, which will be sent to your TMCC email address. You can then print or e-mail your report for your instructor.
How do I schedule a Writing Center appointment online?
Go to my.tmcc.edu and sign in using your TMCC username and password. Under Other Resources, click on Schedule Free Tutoring. Choose Writing Center: All Subjects from the drop-down menu and log in. Select the time you would like tutoring, and click on a WHITE BOX. Enter all required information and click on Save Appointment.
How far in advance should I make a tutoring appointment?
To ensure you get the time and tutor you want, you should schedule your appointments one week in advance (appointments can be made up to two weeks in advance). We suggest that you see a tutor at least 48 hours before you have to turn in your assignment.
Is there any charge for a writing appointment at the Writing Center?
No, all TMCC students who are currently enrolled (including TMCC High School students) are eligible to receive a maximum of one hour per day and two hours per week of free tutoring.
This seems like a great place to work. How do I become a Writing Center tutor?
When the Writing Center is hiring, we will post all the information needed to be hired on our website. Typically, students must receive an A in both English 101 and 102 to be considered. An application, a resume, a copy of your transcripts, and a completed recommendation form is also required. See our complete list of instructions on how to apply.
What can I expect in the Writing Center?
Tutors will work with you to improve the content of your paper. They are trained to look at the "big picture", including organization and development of ideas, and evidence of a thesis with clear and logical support. If they have time, they can help make sentence-level revisions, including strengthening and varying sentences, refining style, omitting inappropriate or imprecise language, and helping with grammar and mechanics. They do not simply "fix" papers.
What if I can't make the Writing Center appointment I scheduled?
Cancel your appointment online by logging onto your my.tmcc.edu and access the Online Scheduler.
There are two ways to cancel your appointment:
1. Find the appointment you would like to cancel (it will appear in yellow). Click on the appointment box in the schedule. At the bottom of the appointment window should be a box to check that reads Cancel This Appointment. Check that box and then click on the Save Changes button.
2. Once logged into the scheduler, click on Go to the Control Panel at the top of the schedule. It will list all your upcoming appointments. On the right hand side, you may click on Cancel for any appointment you wish to cancel. If the cancel feature is not available, it may be too late to cancel, so please make every effort to make your appointment. If it is too late to cancel your appointment, please call the Tutoring and Learning Center immediately at 775-674-7517.
What should I bring to a writing appointment at the Writing Center?
Students can bring any items that might be useful, such as the assignment sheet, a course's syllabus, a list of ideas for a paper, comments from professors, one or more drafts of a paper, questions, problems, or a referral form. If a student is doing research for a paper, source materials--such as articles, books, and printouts of pages from websites--also can be brought in.
Where is the Writing Center located?
We are located inside the Tutoring and Learning Center in Vista B106.
Who are the Writing Center tutors?
Our tutors are mainly TMCC and UNR student's who have done well in their classes and want to share their knowledge and passion for writing with others. Click here to read their bios and learn more about them.
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