What can I expect from a typical session at the HUB?
Whether you stop by the HUB for an appointment or use the drop-in services, your session will be individualized. This means your writing partner will ask you what you’re working on, what is going well with the project, and what concerns you have. You and the writing partner will then set an agenda for the session so your time at the HUB is focused and productive. Sessions will vary in time, but most are between 15 and 60 minutes.
When you stop by the HUB, you’ll notice we don’t edit or change your writing for you. We’re focused on helping you to become more confident in your abilities as a writer, so we won’t take control over your project!
Is it better to make an appointment or to drop-in?
That’s up to you. If you know in advance that you want to work on a specific project, you can make an appointment using our on-line system, but it’s also convenient to drop-in during any of our open hours:
- Sundays through Thursdays, 4:00-10:00 p.m.
- Mondays, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
- Sundays through Thursdays, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
What should I bring with me when I come to the center?
Since writing partners are trained to work with writers at any stage of the writing process, you actually don't need to have anything written before you come in. We can help you to brainstorm ideas about a writing project, and if you've already started to write, we can help you with analysis, organization, and clarity.
Whatever stage of the writing process you're at, remember to bring your assignment sheet and any additional criteria that your professor has provided. If you have some of your writing started, bring that too of course!
Is it OK if I come into the center more than once with the same assignment?
We actually encourage repeat visits. You can come in right when you begin working on a project and can then come in as you begin to develop and refine it. That way we can give you feedback early on as you plan and strategize, we can talk through your ideas and how you want to approach the project, and we can also give you feedback as the writing develops. A good point to keep in mind: effective writing takes time, so the sooner you come in, the more useful the feedback can be.
Can I bring in assignments for courses other than English?
Please do! The writing partners come from a wide array of majors, so we don's just help writers who are working on Critical Thinking & Writing or English papers. You can come in for help with lab reports, business writing, podcast scripts, oral presentations, and more. When you come to the HUB for a session, remember to bring the assignment and any course criteria so we can help you most effectively.
Why won’t a writing partner just edit or proofread a paper for me?
It's our policy to avoid merely editing and proofreading for a writer. This means you won't be able to drop off your paper and have someone correct the grammar or formatting for you. It does, however, mean that we will work with you to help you to self-identify errors, to find ways to correct those, and to locate resources that could help you for your current project as well as future writing projects.