The Writing Center
We're located on the 3rd floor of Snowden Library in the Academic Resource Center.
We begin holding regular hours during the first week of each semester, beginning Wednesay at 10:30 AM. No appointment is necessary; just drop in with your assignment guidelines, a printed draft (if you've gotten that far), and your college ID. We can help you at any stage of the writing process.
Writing Center Schedule: Fall 2015
Satellite Location Hours
See the designated table near the staircase on the first floor of Snowden Library. A tutor is available Sundays from 2-4 PM (Rebecca) and Thursdays from 7-9 PM (Alex). No appointment necessary.
The writing tutors who have regular shifts in the Writing Center are generalist tutors and can help in some way with any kind of paper. The "by appointment only" writing tutors are subject-specific tutors and do not hold regular hours in the Writing Center; simply email them for an appointment at your convenience. Mrs. Wheeler is also available by appointment.
Finals Week Hours
- Sunday: 2-4 PM at satellite location; 7-10 PM at main location
- Monday: 7-10 PM at main location (no daytime hours)
- Tuesday: 7-10 PM at main location (no daytime hours)
- Wednesday: 7-10 PM at main location (no daytime hours)
- Thursday & Friday: Closed
For help during the day Monday through Wednesday during finals week, you have two options: (1) Contact Shanna Wheeler for an appointment or (2) email one of the writing tutors to set up an appointment outside of the Writing Center. See links to the tutors' email addresses above. For help during the day on Thursday and Friday, contact Shanna Wheeler for an appointment.
Inclement Weather Policy
When the College shuts down due to bad weather, the Writing Center will still hold regular daytime and evening hours as long as the library remains open to students. The offices of Mrs. Bolt-Michewicz and Mrs. Wheeler, however, will be closed.
Who We Are
"The image that should be cultivated of writing tutors is that they are an extra set of eyes, ready to catch [problems] that writers cannot because they're so deeply embedded in their own work. I am a consultant, someone with the time to read through a paper and make suggestions. I am not writing the students' papers, nor am I simply editing them." -Kirsten Darby (alumna and former tutor)
"To me, being a writing tutor isn't just about being part of the grammar police of Lycoming College, but it is about being a resource to people that need help." -Caitie Eberz (alumna and former tutor)
What students can expect: Good writers themselves, the writing tutors at Lycoming College have been trained to guide you through the writing process, from brainstorming to final revision. They do not take control of your work or [re]write your papers for you. They are not simply copy editors or grammar checkers. They are so much more! Take advantage of the friendly advice they can provide at every stage of your writing project.
What students cannot expect: Writing tutors will not know exactly what the professor is looking for or how he/she will evaluate your paper. (Always bring your assignment guidelines!) Also, writing tutors cannot guarantee you a higher grade on a given assignment; their goal, however, is to help you develop as a writer.
Come Prepared: Besides a copy of your writing assignment, bring your assignment guidelines, any relevant materials, a pencil, a mental list of what you're concerned about, and your patience. Please bring your college ID.
Not all writing tutors are English majors. Some specialize in the sciences, archaeology, modern languages, history, and other areas.
Visit Reports: Every time you visit the Writing Center, we send a brief report to your professor to show that you are making an extra effort to succeed (unless you indicate that you do not want your professor to be notified). In order for the check-in/check-out process to occur smoothly, remember to bring your college ID.
Word to the wise: Don't procrastinate on your writing projects! If you wait until the last possible minute to bring your paper to the Writing Center, you might not have enough turn-around time. Plus, we can get pretty busy at times.
Are you struggling with a formal research paper?
Seek out a model paper to guide you! You can read sample student research papers in Schemata: Student Essays Across the Curriculum.
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