What can I expect from a typical session at the HUB?
Whether you stop by the HUB for an appointment or just drop in, your session will be individualized. This means your writing partner will ask you what you’re working on, what's 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 length, 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. in the lower level of the Learning Commons.
What should I bring with me when I come to the center?
Writing partners are trained to work with writers at any stage of the writing process, so 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, bring your assignment sheet and any additional criteria provided by your professor. 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?
Yes! We encourage repeat visits! You can come in right when you begin working on a project and can then come back as you begin to develop and refine your work. 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 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?
Definitely! The writing partners come from a wide array of majors, so we don't just help writers who are working on Critical Thinking & Writing or English essays. You can come in for help with lab reports, business writing, podcast scripts, oral presentations, and more. When you come to the HUB, 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. Instead, we'll work with you to help you to self-identify errors, to find ways to correct those, and to locate resources that can help you for your current project as well as future writing projects.