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Drexel Writing Center Frequently Asked Questions

Drexel Writing Center FAQs

Do I need to have a finished draft to visit the center?

No, you don’t need to have a finished draft. The DWC will meet you wherever you are in the writing process—brainstorming, researching, outlining, drafting, revising or copy editing. Whether you need to put the finishing touches on your work or you’re still brainstorming, the readers at the Writing Center will meet you wherever you are in the process.

Is an online appointment just as good as an in-person appointment?

Online appointments can utilize your computer’s microphone and camera during a session, similar to a Skype session. Meetings take place with the same readers who would conduct in-person sessions. You can use chat and both writer and reader can revise the document within the online module. They closely mimic the intimacy of face-to-face appointments and are most appropriate for students who cannot visit the main campus.

Can I make more than one appointment?

Undergraduate students can make up to two appointments per week. Graduate students may make one appointment per week. They can be scheduled at any available time that is most convenient for you.

Will my reader review my grammar?

Your reader will help you accomplish your goals for the project, including helping you recognize and correct errors in grammar and style. Readers may suggest that there are other aspects of your writing that need more attention than your grammar, but reader and writer will negotiate and agree upon goals. However, consultants will be a bit more directive in correcting grammar errors with multilingual students who are still acquiring English as a written language.

We acknowledge that English is a living language, and as such, the “rules” are constantly changing. We will help you improve your usage of academic English in your writing, but will also honor other Englishes as equally valid choices.

Do readers at the Writing Center copyedit papers?

We do not provide copy editing services. We will help you to recognize and correct errors in grammar and style. We will be a bit more directive in correcting grammar errors with multilingual students who are still acquiring English as a written language.

Copy editing is a valuable part of the writing process that polishes your ideas and can improve clarity in your writing. It is best tackled as the last step in your writing process when you are done revising your ideas and organization. For this reason, your reader might suggest you work on those aspects of your project first, or may include improving grammar and style into work on developing your ideas and organization.

Do I need to be present while the reader goes over my paper?

Yes, appointments at the Writing Center are collaborative and conversational. Your reader will involve you in the process, and their understanding of your writing, as well your own understanding, will be advanced through discussion. You will be expected to work on your writing during the session.

Do you only review essays?

Many of our appointments focus on formal essays, but we’re more than happy to review any written work with you. Students often bring in lab reports, presentations, resumes and cover letters, personal statements and creative writing.

Will the Writing Center be able to help with papers like lab reports?

Yes, tutors are trained to help in all disciplines. Additionally, we employ students from many disciplines across the University, such as business and engineering. As a result, we have a very broad experience base to draw upon. If you want to work with someone from your discipline, you can select your reader according to major using the drop-down box at the top of the schedule.