FAQs for Students

Where are you located?

We have two locations: our main center on the first floor of the Mary and John Gray Library and our satellite location in the lobby of Morris Hall.

Who can use your Morris Hall location?

Any student who lives in any of the dorms (not just Morris Hall) is welcome to use our Morris Hall location. Just make sure to have your resident ID so that you can get in the building.

Do I need to make an appointment?

Students don't have to make appointments, as we do take walk-in sessions. However, to be guaranteed a spot, please schedule an appointment. Walk-in appointments may have to wait to be seen.

Is there a fee for a tutoring session?

Our services are free to all Lamar students.

Do I need to bring anything?

Bring your assignment, text, and any other relevant materials with you. If you have already begun writing, please bring a copy of your draft or email it to uwc@lamar.edu. Our writing consultants can access the document and work with it on the computer or iPad.

How long will a session take?

We offer sessions that last 30 minutes or 1 hour. Sessions that last 30 minutes are ideal for students needing assistance understanding an assignment or who need targeted help on one or two aspects of an assignment. Longer sessions are typically necessary for more involved assignments or for students seeking help with grammar questions. Online sessions are only offered for one hour.

Do you offer online sessions?

We do. Please check out our services for more information.

Can I drop off my paper for editing?

Because we are not an editing and proofreading service, you cannot drop off your paper to have it corrected for you. Our service focuses on improving student writing skills and practices through learning sessions that help students recognize and correct their own errors. Our goal is not to provide "quick-fixes" for individual papers but rather to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become more capable and confident writers.

Can I get assistance over the phone?

To improve the quality of the dialogue between the writer and consultant, we ask that you come in for a session.

Can you tell me if my paper is good?

Many writers just want to know if the paper (or the thesis, style, etc.) is any good. We understand this concern, so our approach is to help you evaluate your own work. If you want to know, for example, whether your conclusion is good, we may brainstorm what good conclusions are supposed to do. Learning how to evaluate your own writing is an extremely valuable tool that will help you every time you write. However, we cannot predict the grade you will make on the paper. First and most important, doing so would undermine the authority of your instructor. Second, your instructor's evaluation of your paper may be based on class-specific factors that do not present themselves in the work that you bring to us.