Writing is something all college students will have to do for most of their classes and it's also a valuable skill to have in every career. That’s why PSU has a Writing Center, which is designed to help students at any writing level, and at any stage in the writing process.
How do you know if you should go to the Writing Center? Well, everyone should go! Whether you’re struggling with grammar, don’t know how to write a particular assignment for a class or want feedback on a scholarship essay, the Writing Center can help.
Do you just have a quick question? Here's answers to the most frequently asked questions they receive.
The best thing about the Writing Center is that all consultants have earned or are working toward their Master’s in Writing or English, and many also teach writing classes, so they have a lot of experience. There’s even an ESL specialist.
Here are our recommendations to make the most out of your appointment:
Step 1: What do you want to get out of your session?
Make sure you have a few specific questions or issues in mind.
Have a tricky essay assignment and don’t know where to start? They can help you brainstorm and write an outline. Finished your paper but think you didn’t use commas correctly? Let your consultant know, and they can point out recurring issues and show you how to fix them.
Step 2: Schedule an appointment or visit drop-in hours.
The best way to meet with a consultant is to schedule an appointment online. Appointments can be either a half-hour or an hour long.
If scheduling an appointment won’t work for you, stop in during drop-in hours. Remember to show up early to sign in because drop-in hours fill up fast. The Writing Center holds drop-in hours Monday through Friday from 12 to 2 pm.
Step 3: Come prepared.
Print out two copies of your paper, so both you and your consultant can easily read it. Make sure to also bring in your assignment sheet. Time is limited, so if your paper is long, have a couple of sections you want to focus on, in addition to some specific questions.
Step 4: Watch your skills grow!
Remember that Writing Center consultants will not “fix” your paper for you. They will point out things you can improve and give you the tools and advice to do it yourself. This means you shouldn’t bring in an assignment an hour before it’s due—you won’t have enough time to work on it before turning it in.
Consultants even suggest you bring in the same assignment multiple times throughout the writing process. That way, you can really see your growth.
No matter your skill level, it can be helpful to get feedback on your writing, especially from someone experienced.
Be sure to make the most of this awesome resource. Schedule a visit to the Writing Center!