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Writing Center FAQ

How long does a face-to-face consultation take?

The default appointment time length is 50 minutes, although not all appointments will require all of the allotted time.

What should I bring to my face-to-face consultation?

The Writing Center encourages bringing the instructions for the assignment and a paper or electronic copy of your current draft, if any.

What is an on-line consultation by chat?

An on-line consultation by chat is a real-time conversation with a Writing Center consultant using the Writing Center’s private chat feature.  During a chat consultation, you can share documents with your consultant, ask questions and get feedback about your draft, and even work collaboratively on revision.  To make a real-time chat appointment, go to http://pittstate.mywconline.com, pick an open appointment time that works for you, and fill out the reservation form. When you get to “Meet Online?” choose “Yes - Meet Online.”  When asked to confirm the appointment type, choose “Online by chat.”  After filling out the rest of the appointment form, click “Save Appointment.”

You can submit your draft and the instructions for the assignment from the confirmation screen immediately after scheduling your appointment by clicking on “click here” in the Success! box.  Or you can import your draft into the text area of the Writing Center chat when you log in to start your appointment.  

What is an on-line consultation by e-mail? 

An on-line consultation by e-mail is a chance for you to get personalized feedback on your writing at a time that works for you.  To use this service, go to the on-line appointment schedule at http://pittstate.mywconline.com and select any available appointment. When you get to “Meet Online?” choose “Yes - Schedule eTutoring Appointment.”  When asked to confirm the appointment type, choose “Online by email (eTutoring).”  After filling out the rest of the appointment form, click “Save Appointment.” You can submit your draft and the instructions for the assignment from the confirmation screen immediately after scheduling your appointment by clicking on “click here” in the Success! box. That’s it.  That’s all you have to do.  A consultant will respond to the issues you’ve identified, and you will have the consultant’s feedback within 60 minutes of the scheduled appointment time.

Should I make an appointment?

Yes. Our schedule  fills up quickly, so plan ahead. It's a good idea to make your Writing Center appointment as soon as your writing task has been assigned; even if you haven't finished (or started) by the appointment time, your consultant will be able to help you at any stage of the writing process.

How can I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment online at http://pittstate.mywconline.com. If you need help making an appointment, please drop by in person.  We will be happy to help.

What if I can’t get an appointment when I need one?

If you can’t find an open appointment on the day you need one, add yourself to the waiting list by clicking on the clock icon at the top lefthand corner of the day’s schedule.  You may receive notification by text or email if an appointment in your timeslot opens up.

Is there a charge for using the Writing Center?

No. The Writing Center @ PSU  provides all services free of charge to students, staff, and faculty.

How many assignments can I bring to my consultation?

We find that writers get best results by working with one assignment per visit.  Please make a separate appointment for each document.

What kinds of assignments can the Writing Center help with?

The Writing Center @ PSU works with any writing project at any stage in the writing process. We welcome any kind of writing.

Will the Writing Center edit my paper for me?

Our consultants will work with you as you revise and edit your paper, but we do not offer an editing service. Our goal is to help you become a better writer, and that won't happen if we "fix" your paper for you!

Will my teacher know that I went to the Writing Center?

We provide proof of your appointment in the form of a date-stamped form describing what happened in the appointment, which you can also use as a reminder of your revision plan.  If you would like an email notification to be sent to your teacher, let us know and we can do that too!