Whether you need help understanding a writing or reading assignment, getting started in the writing process, revising a draft in progress, or applying your teachers comments to subsequent assignments, we offer one-on-one tutorials that we hope will send you in the right direction. Of course, we cant do everything in a thirty-minute session, nor will we violate SMU's Honor Code by providing you with ideas or editing your papers, but we can provide strategies that will help you learn how to decipher reading and writing assignments, generate your own ideas, revise and edit more efficiently and effectively, and benefit as fully as possible from your teachers suggestions. And if you think that you have a particular area of weakness, such as organization of paragraphs or use of the possessive, the Writing Center faculty members can teach you how to eliminate such problems, thus making you a more confident writer. So, as you can see, while we wont work for you, we will definitely work with you!
We hope that this brief description of the Writing Center gives you some idea of our various services. We are here to help you, but you must take the first step by making an appointment. If you are working on an essay for a course, it is a good idea to schedule your tutorial well in advance of the due date, thus allowing yourself ample time for revision, a conference with your teacherand perhaps even a follow-up appointment with us!
Writing Center appointments fill quickly. We recommend that you try to call at least 72 hours ahead of time to reserve a specific time for your half-hour tutorial. If you must cancel a Writing Center appointment, try to do so at least one day ahead of time so that we can give your appointment to another student. (If you makebut fail to show up fora Writing Center appointment, we may not be able to schedule an appointment for you the next time you call.) To make a Writing Center appointment, please call 768-3648.
Writing Center appointments are available during the Fall and Spring semesters.
We look forward to seeing you soon!