When You Get a Writing Assignment
Make an appointment on the Undergraduate Writing Center Calendar with the Writing Assistant associated with the professor who has assigned your work.
- Check out the list of Writing Assistants to find one who is associated with your professor.
- Appointments must be made on the Undergraduate Writing Center Calendar at least 24 hours in advance. Once you have signed up for an appointment, print the confirmation that will be emailed to you. Plan to bring the printed confirmation to your appointment.
- Plan to visit the Writing Center more than once while you are working on an assignment. It's best to come in once during the early planning stages, once or even twice during your first or second draft, and again toward the end, when you are ready to complete your final draft. Please note: Writing Assistants may refuse to review your work if they see it for the first time the day before the assignment is due.
Prepare for Your Appointment:
- If you wish, complete page 1 of the Writing Center Session Report (link to the right in the side bar), save it and bring it electronically to your appointment.
- Complete form AFTER you have signed up for your appointment. Completing the form does not mean you've made an appointment.
- Bring printed confirmation of your appointment time.
- Bring all handouts, instructions, class notes, etc., to your appointment so you can clearly and completely discuss the assignment with your Writing Assistant.
- Bring USB drives for saving your work. The Writing Center has 14 computers available for your use.
- If you need help documenting your references, bring to the appointment your sources or accurate accounts of reference materials, including page numbers from which you have taken information. Printing out the copyright page of a book or the opening page of a website is often helpful.
The Role of Writing Assistants:
Although WAs are not permitted to actually edit, revise, or proofread student papers (this is an ethical issue), they are able to
- discuss handouts and help students understand assignments;
- explain how to develop a thesis, engage text, and work through a draft;
- answer questions about documentation, grammar, and punctuation;
- offer advice and assistance on drafting, revising, and polishing a paper.