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Frequently Asked Questions - Students

Got some questions? We have the answers! The Writing Center is here to support you in your writing process for any and every class. We hope this information helps you understand what to expect of, and how to prepare for, a Writing Center appointment.

Is the Writing Center for me?
If you are engaged in any form of writing, then the Writing Center is for you. We work with all writers at all levels from all disciplines on all writing. Whether you feel you are a strong writer or in need of a little extra help, we are here to support you.

Why is the Writing Center called a "writing lab"?
Did you know we were originally called the "writing lab" when we opened in 1983? Labs are often places of discovery, consideration, and critical engagement. We support students in considering their writing and critically engaging with that writing as they develop their writing skills. We are considered the "lab" space for students enrolled in ENGL 1030. Those students are encouraged to use our services in first year and beyond. 

What sorts of writing do you support?
We help with laboratory reports, resumes, cover letters, academic essays, personal statements, thesis or dissertations, literary or artistic analysis, multimodal projects, technical or recommendation reports, case studies, . . . etc., etc., etc.

We welcome writers in all majors, disciplines, levels of study, and aspects of the writing process.

Essentially, we help whenever there’s writing to be done!

How do I schedule an appointment?
Schedule an appointment by visiting our online booking system.

Do I have to make an appointment?
We welcome walk-ins, although we suggest making an appointment to ensure the availability of a tutor at your desired meeting time. If you stop by and we’re not available, we’ll help you make an appointment for a convenient time.

How do I cancel or reschedule an appointment?
You may cancel or reschedule an appointment by visiting our online booking system. Just click on the time slot that you have reserved and select "cancel this appointment" at the bottom of the screen. You can also give us a call or stop by the center and we can help you set up a time that best fits your schedule. Note that you cannot cancel an appointment within an hour of that appointment's meeting time.

Is it free?
Yes. The Writing Center is a free resource available to all Clemson University students, faculty, and staff. It is supported by ENGL 1030 lab fees as students can utilize us at any stage of their academic career at Clemson.

How often can I visit the Writing Center?
You may visit the Writing Center twice per week. This can vary. If in doubt, email us at thewritingcenter@clemson.edu.

Where are you located?
The Writing Center is located in Academic Success Center Room 307. If you have an online appointment, we're on your computer. You can access online appointments through our appointment system. 

When should I schedule an online appointment?
Online appointments are reserved for documents that are five pages or less. eTutoring appointments are for 8 pages or less. If you are working on a lengthier assignment or project, please make sure to schedule a 1-hour appointment.

Do I need to make an appointment for the Cooper Library location?
Yes, but we welcome walk-ins when there are no appointments scheduled. This location will be unavailable until campus reopens to full capacity.

What should I expect from my Writing Center appointment?
We use a student-centered approach to focus on your needs as a writer. We begin by asking you to explain your assignment, progress, and concerns. Then, we develop an agenda for our time together that responds to your particular writing situation. Then, as our session draws to a close, we review your action plan for the next phase of your writing.

What should I do to prepare for my Writing Center appointment?
You should bring your work (hardcopy or laptop) along with the assignment to your session. You should also be prepared to tell us what you would like to work on. Also, bring blank paper and a writing utensil.

When is the best time to visit the Writing Center?
While we are happy to assist you at any point in the writing process, we recommend scheduling an appointment earlier to ensure that you have the opportunity to revise your work or make additional appointments. This will also guarantee our availability, as our schedule tends to fill up when large class assignments are due as well as during the weeks leading up to exams.

English is not my first language. Can I still use the Writing Center?
Yes. We assist students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. However, we are not able to offer tutoring services in any language other than English.