Frequently Asked Questions about the Writing Center
- How do I schedule a writing center appointment?
- How do I schedule and conduct an online writing center appointment if I am a distance learner?
- When are you open?
- When should I come in?
- What do I need to bring?
- Do I need an appointment?
- What does this cost?
- Will you fix my paper for me?
- Who are you?
- How will my professor know that I visited the writing center?
- What other services do you provide?
How do I schedule a writing center appointment?
Scheduling an appointment in the writing center can be accomplished by directly using the Tutortrac scheduling system at tutortrac.una.edu or by calling the writing center at 256-765-6015. Note: Students are only allowed to schedule one appointment per day. Writing consultants can only review/discuss one paper per appointment. Also, no back-to-back appointments can be scheduled by students unless given specific permission by the director. Online appointments are only available for students who are enrolled in distance learning classes.
When are you open?
Please review our homepage or the right side of any page on our website for both our in-house and online consultation hours.
When should I come in?
You should visit us as soon as possible. Writing is a process that takes time and practice, and you cannot succeed at developing your skills if you wait until the night before the assignment is due. We recommend a three-visit process spread out over the entire allotted time for the assignment: once to get started, once to revise, and once to edit. Remember, we do not work with you on an assignment the day it is due.
What do I need to bring?
If your professor gave you an assignment sheet or wrote about the assignment in the syllabus, bring those materials. Similarly, if you have notes from a class discussion about the assignment, or if the assignment is in your textbook, you should bring those materials as well. Bring a pen or pencil, some blank notebook paper, or a flash drive. Most importantly, bring any notes or drafts of the assignment; although, if you do not have any notes or drafts, see us anyway—we’ll help you get started!
Do I need an appointment?
Appointments are not required at the writing center, but they are highly encouraged. Some times are busier than others, so a scheduled appointment will guarantee you a slot. Make sure you are on time for your appointment; if you are late, and someone else needs help, you will lose your appointment time. Otherwise, we operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.
What does this cost?
The services at the Center for Writing Excellence are free to all UNA students and to all members of the UNA community.
Will you fix my paper for me?
We'll do better than that. We will work with you to teach you how to resolve writing issues and correct grammar errors for yourself. We are not responsible for your grade. We only make suggestions and offer advice.
Who are you?
The Center for Writing Excellence is directed by a faculty member with a Ph.D. in composition and staffed by students who are trained or who are in training with faculty writing experts. Click here to meet the staff!
How will my professor know that I visited the Writing Center?
We provide clients and professors with paper and electronic Client Report Forms that show the time and date of the consultation, along with the material covered during the session.
What other services do you provide?
Beyond consultations, the Center for Writing Excellence also offers workshops and presentations—for classes, student organizations, small groups, and even residence hall programs. Presentations can cover any writing issue. For more information, contact the CWE director.
Writing Center Hours
Spring & Fall:
Spring & Fall:
Mon-Thurs: 2:00pm-4:00pm & 6:00pm-8:00pm
Fri: 1:00pm-3:00pmSummer I & II
June and July Sessions:
(Check the CWE scheduling page at tutortrac.una.edu for availability.)