EAC Writing Center
Writing tutors are available to work with you on your writing projects. Everyone is welcome.
At the Writing Center, we offer free, one-on-one writing tutoring as well as access to many print and internet writing resources.
We collaborate with you to improve your writing abilities. We don't simply "fix" your writing; we help you enhance your skills.
By offering a safe, non-judgmental place for you to receive feedback about your writing, we hope to increase your confidence as a writer and as an active learner.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can receive tutoring?
Any EAC student doing any writing is welcome. Whether you're writing a descriptive paragraph, a rhetorical analysis, a short story, a letter for a job or a scholarship, a speech, a biology report, or a journal entry, we'd love to help!
At what point during the writing process should I visit a tutor?
Anytime! Writing Tutors can help you understand an assignment, brainstorm and get started writing, find support for your main idea, write a conclusion, or even understand your instructor's comments on a draft of the paper. They can also help you learn to edit and proofread a final draft of a paper.
Do I need to make an appointment?
We encourage you to stop by and make an appointment. However, walk-ins are welcome, and tutors will work with you as soon as there is an opening.
How long does a tutoring session last?
In order to help students work independently as they apply what they've learned in the Writing Center, tutoring sessions are generally limited to 30 minutes.
Who are the tutors?
The Writing Center tutors come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Some are EAC students or EAC graduates while others are experienced community members. What all tutors have in common is a love of writing and the ability to teach others to be better writers.
What will we work on during a tutoring session?
Generally, tutors will work first on higher-order concerns, such as thesis, organization, support, and paragraph structure, before tackling sentence-level concerns, such as editing and proofreading. However, if you have specific questions or aspects you want help with, be sure to tell the tutor. Tutors usually cannot cover all necessary writing skills in one tutoring session, so they will concentrate on one or two skills that they've determined are most crucial and pertinent.
Can I just have someone fix my paper?
Tutors will not simply tell you what is wrong or right with a paper—they will work with you, asking you questions to help you recognize and address problems in your writing. This supports our goal of teaching students to be better, more confident writers and active learners.
Do you offer online tutoring?
Yes, we offer online tutoring, primarily for students in locations other than Thatcher and for those whose time on campus is limited. Depending on the number of students using our online tutoring, getting a response from an online tutor can take as long as two business days. Email your paper to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following information in your email: name, student ID#, email address, name of your EAC instructor, the name or type of assignment you're working on.
For additional information about the Writing Center and/or for helpful links to online writing resources, visit our website at www.eacfaculty.org/owl.