FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What happens in a tutoring session? 
During a tutoring session, you will meet with a Writing Specialist who will ask you about the assignment and talk to you about any concerns you may have regarding your writing. Together, you and the Writing Specialist will reflect on your work and discuss ways to improve it. By the end of your session, you should know what to do next in order to move your project forward.

What can a Writing Specialist help me with? 
Writing Specialists can help you at any stage in the writing process: brainstorming, outlining, organizing ideas, writing a draft, or making final revisions. They can help you find and correct grammar errors, choose fitting words to convey the right tone, improve the logical development of your paper, or cite sources properly. Furthermore, Writing Specialists are available to help you prepare for an oral presentation or speech, and they can give you feedback on personal statements, cover letters, applications, and more.   

What should I bring to a tutoring session? 
You should bring a copy of your writing prompt or assignment instructions to the session. If your professor did not provide a written prompt, ask for one. You should also bring a printed copy of your paper, if you have anything written. Note that you should use a size and color of text that makes your paper easy to read. 

How long is a tutoring session? 
Appointments are blocked for 30 minutes. Writing Specialists meet with students for 20 minutes and then use any remaining time to write a report for the just-completed session and prepare for appointments with other students.   

What is a session report?  After working with you, the Writing Specialist will write a summary of what was discussed during the session and send it by e-mail to the appropriate professor. The report does not discuss grades or make evaluative comments about the professor, the assignment, or the course. 

What if I need more time? If you need more time, a Writing Specialist may be able to extend your appointment, schedule another appointment later that same day, or guide you to another Writing Specialist who is available. You may return to the Writing Center at any time, on the same day or a different day, for a walk-in appointment with any available Writing Specialist.   

How often may I visit the Writing Center?
You may visit the Writing Center as often as needed for a given assignment. It is impossible to address all issues in a single session, so we encourage multiple visits. But you are only able to reserve one 30-minute appointment per day. 

How can I make an appointment?  You can sign up online to Make an Appointment. You can also call the Writing Center at (949) 480-4060 or visit the Writing Center in person at Ikeda 214.   

Can I meet a Writing Specialist without making an appointment?
You may meet with any available Writing Specialist by walk-in appointment. 

When is the Writing Center open?
When classes are in session, we are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  

How can I learn more about the Writing Specialists?  You can learn more about the Writing Specialists on the Staff page. 

Can you edit my paper for me? No. A tutoring session is a collaborative conversation between you and a Writing Specialist. We offer suggestions on writing so you can effectively revise your own work. We are not an editing service. We can help you recognize and correct grammar errors or word choice errors, but we do not simply edit or “fix” papers prior to submission.  

Can you help me write a paper for my final exam?  We cannot help you write an exam response without written permission from your professor.  

What happens if I arrive late or miss an appointment?   If a student is more than 10 minutes late for a scheduled appointment, that session is canceled. If a student misses three appointments without canceling in advance, that student will not be permitted to make an appointment for the next week.  

How can I contact the Writing Center?   You can visit us in Ikeda 214, down the hall from the IT department and across the way from the library.

phone: (949) 480-4060

email: writingcenter@soka.edu

University Writing Center
Soka University of America
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-8081