Tutorials

The Writing Center provides face-to-face and online, appointment-based tutorials on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments are prioritized above walk-in sessions. All appointments are scheduled via MyWCOnline. To schedule use the link below.

How does it work?

  • Patrons may book appointments up to 2 weeks in advance
  • All patrons are limited to a maximum of 60 minutes per day, regardless of the number of extensions/locations visited, so that we might best serve all students
  • Appointments may be scheduled as one consecutive 60-minute session or two 30-minute sessions
  • Patrons who arrive more than 5-minutes late to a tutorial may be asked to reschedule for another time. When someone is more than five minutes late, we reassign the remaining time to a walk-in session
  • If you miss 3 scheduled sessions without canceling your appointments, your account will be automatically deactivated. To cancel appointments or reactivate your account, call the Writing Center front desk at 801-863-8936

Students seeking walk-in tutorials are worked in around the appointment schedule, and session lengths may range from 15-45 minutes, depending on tutor availability. Wait times vary during the semester

Scheduling a Tutorial

Need help scheduling an appointment? See our step-by-step guides below:

Modifying/Canceling a Tutorial

Want to modify or cancel an existing appointment? Use the handouts below:

Client Report Form

Does your professor require proof that you attended a Writing Center session? Check out the form below for more details:

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

Online Tutorials (Web Conferences)

The Writing Center conducts online, synchronous (in live time) tutorials in 60-minute increments. Please attach your document (if you have completed a draft) at least one hour prior to your tutorial, so that the tutor may have adequate time to read your draft and prepare notes for the sessions. To schedule an online tutorial, select the “Web Conferences” schedule in MyWCOnline.

 

Study Space and Resources

The Writing Center is open as a free study space on campus. No appointment needed! Students may use our space to study and work on their own or to meet with small groups. Please note that you must register a user account with MyWCOnline to check in to the Center, even if you do not plan to meet with a tutor.

 

Why study on campus?

  • Spread out your work at one of our open tables
  • Access a print credit printer and utilize one of the open computers in our lab
  • Meet with small group partners to plan group activities and writing assignments
  • Borrow common English textbooks, citation manuals, and other resources from the front desk

 

For more information, see our Center Policies and Frequently Asked Questions section.

Center Policies and Frequently Asked Questions

Session Lengths

All appointments begin on the hour or half hour. Session lengths run in 30 and 60 minute increments, with a maximum of 60 minutes per day. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis and take precedence over walk-in tutorials.

Attendance

Students must attend their own tutorial sessions. As our primary goal is to help you improve on your current assignment and become a better, more confident writer, we cannot tutor a friend or relative in your place. Additionally, the Writing Center does not accept dropped-off or emailed papers to correct or grade and then return to the student. Students must actively attend and participate in tutorials.

Canceling or Modifying Appointments

For more information on how to cancel or modify your appointment, please visit our Canceling an Appointment page or call the front desk at 801-863-8936.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

All students are expected to conduct their behavior in accordance with the UVU Student Rights and Responsibilities.

As stated in the Policy, “Members of the student body should exercise their freedoms with personal responsibility." Students found in violation of the Rights and Responsibilities policy will be immediately reported to Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution and any other appropriate campus entity.

Supplemental Forms

Writing Center tutors complete a Client Report Form notating the session agenda and suggestions for work outside of the Center for students. Forms are emailed to students following their tutorials. As such, tutors are not permitted to complete other course or assignment evaluation forms. However, tutors may address items from other forms in their Client Report Forms.

Delivering Assignments

The Writing Center does not accept or deliver dropped off assignments to or from students and/or faculty members. Please make arrangements to meet with your instructor during his or her office hours. Any dropped off materials should be delivered to or from the instructor’s home department. For example, students should drop off late or make-up ENGL 1010 course assignments to the Department of English and Literature main office in CB 407.

Phones

To maintain the learning environment, we ask that all patrons turn off cell phones and disruptive devices while in the Center. If you need to take a phone call, please step out of the Center into the main hallway. If we find that you are constantly texting or taking phone calls during tutorials, we will ask you to reschedule your appointment for a more convenient time.

Late Policy

If you are more than 5 minutes late to your appointment, the remaining time may be given away to a walk-in student. We cannot hold your appointment, even if you call and notify us that you will arrive late.

Children in the Center

Per University policy, children are not allowed in the Center. However, we will gladly tutor you in the Family Study Room, located on the 1st floor of the Library. Check in at the Writing Center front desk, and notify the Office Assistant that you would like to be tutored in the Family Study room.

Grading Assignments

Writing Center tutors will not assign grade values to your writing assignment. Only your course instructor or teaching assistant may assign grades.

Proctoring Exams

The Writing Center does not proctor examinations or make-up work. All arrangements regarding class examinations or make-up work should be coordinated through Testing Services. Students in need of a note taker, reader, sign language interpreter, or typing service should contact the UVU Accessibility Services or the Assistive Technology Center. Per Accessibility Services policy, students are responsible for arranging their own sign language interpreters.

Issues

If you need to speak to someone regarding your tutorial experience, please contact Coordinator Kelsey Hixson-Bowles, Faculty Director Dr. Elena Garcia, or Director Leigh Ann Copas.

What can I expect in a tutorial?

First, we'll ask about your assignment and your concerns. Second, we'll read your paper aloud, focusing on global issues like ideas, content, organization, and concerns. Next, we'll focus on ideas like grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

What is the difference between “correcting” a paper and tutoring?

To help students become the best writers possible, we will avoid merely finding and correcting errors, and instead, discuss and apply writing principles that you are struggling with. Writing requires time and effort, and though we can help, we cannot perfect any paper during a tutorial.

What do I need to bring to my tutorial?

  • A copy of your writing
  • Your questions or concerns
  • Assignment sheet from your teacher (if applicable)
  • Desire to become a better writer

What kind of assignments can I get help with?

You can bring in anything that you are writing: a class assignment, personal writing, a resume, a scholarship essay, etc.

Do I have to bring a completed draft?

Not necessarily. We help students at any stage of the writing process—brainstorming, prewriting, drafting, revising, etc.

Will the tutor assign my paper a grade?

No, tutors cannot take responsibility for, guess at, or give any grades. However, multiple visits to the Center will increase the skills and confidence students need to earn better grades.

Do I have to be present for my tutorial, or can I just drop off my paper?

Students must come in for their own tutorials. We do not accept dropped off, emailed, or faxed papers. Friend or family substitutes will not be tutored in place of the student.

Do I have to participate in the tutorial?

Yes, students must be present for and actively engaged in the tutorial process. Tutorials may be suspended if a student is consistently using his/her cell phone or other electronic devices, or if the student does not actively participate in the tutorial. Please make all necessary calls and texts before or after the tutorial.

If I am late to my appointment, will I still receive the full 30 or 60 minutes I signed up for?

Since there is little flexibility to the appointment schedule, students will be docked the minutes they are late. Thus, a 30-minute tutorial might be shortened to 25 minutes. Please note that tutorials are on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are more than 5 minutes late to your appointment, it will be given away to the next student in line.

Do I have to be enrolled in an English class to use Writing Center services?

No, we help students working on writing in any subject and encourage students to produce high-quality work for anything they are writing.

Do I have to be a UVU student to use tutoring services?

No, the Writing Center, Peer Tutoring, and Math Lab programs provide free services to UVU students, as well as members of the community.

What other resources can I use?

UVU Library: reserve study rooms, access online research materials: journals, periodicals, books, etc.; media, paper journals, periodicals, books, computer labs, café, etc. Math Lab and Peer Tutoring: LA 201 (863-8310) Computer Labs: SC 116, SC 215, SB 101, LI First Floor Commons Media Lab: LI 209 Student Health Services: SC 221