FAQS

Writing Center Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Writing Center located?

The Writing Center is located in Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall 203.

How can I contact the Writing Center?

The Writing Center can be reached at 326.2884 and through e-mail: writingcenter@tamiu.edu.

What are the Writing Center’s hours of operation?

During the Fall and Spring semesters, the Writing Center is open Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We also offer Sunday hours from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. These hours usually begin the fourth week of the Fall/Spring semester.

During the Summer, the Writing Center is open Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Will the Writing Center proofread my paper?

The Writing Center is not a drive-thru editing service.  We will help students identify and correct their mistakes, rather than proofread.  Students are expected to participate in the revising process. Our ultimate goal is to create increasingly more independent writers.

Can I drop off my paper, have it corrected, and pick it up?

No.  All tutoring sessions are interactive and require the physical presence of the writers.  Remember, our goal is to help you become a better writer.

Can I just stop by the Writing Center to get a stamp?

Students may not stop by the Writing Center just to get a stamp without first meeting with a tutor. Students visiting the Writing Center just minutes before an assignment is due will not receive immediate or adequate assistance.  Students needing a Writing Center stamp must come in ready to work with a tutor for at least 20 minutes before acquiring the stamp.  Each student will receive a session summary form with detailed comments from the tutor describing what was covered in the session. 

Will the tutor make corrections on my paper?

The Writing Center has a strict “No-Pen Policy.”  At no point during the tutoring session should a tutor write on your paper.  This allows students to maintain ownership of their work.

Do I need to schedule an appointment?

Walk-ins are welcomed, but students are subject to a waitlist should there be no available tutors. Thus, students are encouraged to schedule appointments to avoid wait periods.  We don’t take same day appointments, but students can schedule appointments for the following day. 

If I come to the Writing Center, will I be guaranteed a good grade?

The Writing Center does not guarantee higher grades; however, we do hope that your writing improves or that you take some helpful information with you.

Is there a limit to the number of daily tutoring sessions I can have?

In order to foster independence, students may receive a maximum of 2 tutoring sessions each day.  All students must work independently for at least 1 hour before the second session occurs.  This rule is strictly enforced.  

What if I can’t visit the Writing Center? Can I still get assistance?

The Writing Center offers online assistance. For guidelines and to submit work, please visit the following link: http://www.tamiu.edu/uc/writingcenter/assistance.shtml. We also have an extensive online resources section where students can find handouts and presentations on various subjects—from brainstorming to developing thesis statements to sentence variety. Click the following link to view our resources: http://www.tamiu.edu/uc/writingcenter/resources1.shtml.

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

Billy F. Cowart Hall 203

956-326-2883 or 956-326-2884

writingcenter@tamiu.edu

 

5201 University Boulevard, Laredo, TX 78041-1900 Work956.326.2100