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Before you arrive

Booking your appointment

  • When you find a white time slot that works for you, click on time slot and select the length of the appointment you'd like. You can book either a 25 minute or 55 minute appointment (they will show up as 30 and 60 minute appointments in the schedule).

    You'll be asked to fill in information about what you would like to work on during your session. The more information you provide, the better prepared your tutor can be.

    Once you've booked your appointment, you'll receive a confirmation email. Please keep this email until after your appointment.

    You will book your appointment by signing in with your Texas State net ID here. If this is your first time logging in, you'll be asked to set up an account. Because this asks for some of your personal info and requires you to create a password, you have to set up your account yourself; this can't be done over the phone or by a receptionist.
  • Once you've logged in, you'll see our schedule! It looks like this:
    schedule
    Hours and tutor availability vary by semester

 

  • When you find a time slot that works for you, click on it and select the length of the appointment you'd like. You can book either a 25 minute or 55 minute appointment (they will show up as 30 and 60 minute appointments in the schedule).
  • You'll be asked to fill in some information about what you would like to work on during your session. The more information you can provide, the better prepared your tutor can be.
  • Once you've booked, you'll receive a confirmation email for your appointment.

 

How to prepare

  • Bring your Texas State ID.
  • Bring as much as you can! Bring your prompt or assignment sheet and a copy of your paper in whatever state it already is: only have an outline? Working on a 1st draft? Bring it! We can work with whatever you have at any point in the writing process. If you haven't started writing yet and want help getting started, that's okay too. Bring whatever may help, such as relevant readings, a previously graded paper, class syllabus, etc.
  • Think about what you want to work on with your tutor in your session. Thinking about your assignment, what do you feel is your priority? We can work together on all aspects of writing, from organization and idea clarity to grammar and citation styles. Generally speaking, we begin by checking the prompt and assignment expectations.
  • We may not get through your entire paper— that's okay! Our goal is to give you the tools and the knowledge needed to better any part of your paper (and future papers). Of course, you are more than welcome to book up to an hour of appointments a day, but don't think of the last page of your paper as a finish line. Writing is a process, and it works differently for everyone.

Group Projects

If you’re collaborating with other writers, they must all come to the tutoring session, or we will not be able to comment on the collaborative work.

Finding the Writing Center

  • Be sure to plan enough time so that you are not late for your appointment. After five minutes, your appointment will be canceled so that your tutor may help someone else. If you miss your appointment time three times, you will no longer be allowed to book appointments at the Writing Center for the remainder of the semester. If you know you won’t be able to make your appointment, make sure to cancel it. You can do this by logging back into the schedule to view your appointment. There will be an option to cancel.
  • The Writing Center is located on the ground floor of ASBN. You may see it listed as ASBN 100. We are located across from the Den (Einstein's Bagels).

When you arrive

Signing in

  • When you get to Writing Center, you'll enter through a double set of doors and be greeted by our receptionist at the front desk. You'll be asked to sign in and to provide your Texas State ID card.
  • After signing in, you may have a seat in the lobby while you wait for your appointment time.
  • We offer free coffee and tea throughout the day, so feel free to pour yourself a mug of liquid energy.
  • We also have a computer lab where you may browse the internet, check your email, or print out your prompt before your appointment. Sign in at the front desk to use the computer lab.
  • Our laptop bar, located in the back of the Writing Center, offers you a quiet place to charge your electronics.
  • At your appointment time, your tutor will call for you. You and your tutor will typically go into a cubicle or office, unless you'd rather have an appointment elsewhere in the Writing Center. There are plenty of study areas outside of the cubicles where we can work with you! We usually tutor in cubicles to ensure a controlled and private environment.

During your session

Starting your session

  • During your session, your tutor will sit with you and first discuss your current assignment. To start your session, the tutor will want to know the purpose and goals of the assignment. The tutor will ask for the prompt and then discuss questions such as "What are your writing goals?" "What are you struggling with?" "Do you have specific concerns?"
  • Your tutoring session is a collaborative process; both you and your tutor will actively discuss how to improve your current assignment and holistic writing skills. This conversation will guide your session and will help to determine the best approach for improving your writing.

Ending your session

  • Your session will end at 25 or 55 minutes.
  • If you need a proof-of-visit for your class, don’t forget to ask your tutor for one at the end of the appointment! Only that tutor can give you a proof-of-visit for that session.
  • Your tutor will walk with you to the front desk. You do not have to sign out. Feel free to stay for coffee, tea, or to use our computer lab.
  • We maintain academic anonymity, meaning we will not discuss your session with your instructors or family members. We won’t even disclose that you came to the Writing Center.
  • Now, it’s up to you! Revise and update your current assignment based off of the suggestions and discussion you had with your tutor.

     

    We look forward to working with you!