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University College Writing Center
Fayetteville State University

1200 Murchison Rd.
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Helen T. Chick, Room 001B (Basement)
Phone: (910) 672-1033 

Center Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-8:00pm
Friday, 8:30am-12:00pm

FAQs

Why should students come to the Writing Center?

  • Student writing improves after informed and quality feedback is given. The Writing Center's tutors care about building and improving students' writing abilities. Our main goal is to help students become better writers. 

Does the Writing Center correct papers?

  • No. The Writing Center's tutors are not ghost-writers or editors; they do not fix, edit, or write students' papers. They aid in the writing process and help students learn how to correct their mistakes.

Where is the Writing Center located?

  • The Writing Center is located in the Helen T. Chick building, room 001B. We are adjacent to Supplemental Instruction in the basement level of the building.

What are the hours of the Writing Center?

  • The Writing Center is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-8:00pm and Friday, 8:30am-12:00pm. Appointments start at 9:15am daily.

What happens during a consultation at the Writing Center?

  • Students will begin by signing in at the front desk. First-time visitors will read and sign a student contract prior to receiving writing support from the tutors. Assigned professional or peer tutor will begin assessing the need(s) and reason(s) for the visit to the Writing Center. Tutors and students will work together during the writing process, having a dialogue about the students' needs. Tutors and students will often read the paper out loud, brainstorm ideas, and rewrite portions of the project together. After 30-45 minutes, students will receive their consultation form documenting their visit. Students will then sign out and can schedule another appointment at this time.

I have certain specifics I would like my students to work on when they visit the Writing Center, can this be accommodated?

  • Yes. The Writing Center has a Faculty Referral Form for this exact purpose. Have your student bring this completed form with them to their session.

Can I require all my students to visit the Writing Center for any given assignment?

  • Yes you can. Please give prior notice to the Center so that we might accommodate your students better, as well as be prepared during this potential excess of visits. 

What should students bring to the session?

  • Students should bring all writing materials for the paper including assignment sheets, rough drafts, outlines, notes, books, and anything they would like to discuss. There is a printer available for use in the Writing Center.

Do students have to schedule an appointment?

  • In order to be guaranteed service, students must schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are available, but are not assured at any given time. If a tutor is available for a walk-in, students will be serviced in the order in which they arrived.

How do students schedule an appointment?

  • Students can call the Center at (910) 672-1033 to schedule an appointment. If there is no answer, they may leave a message with their name and phone number, and the Writing Center will return the call. They can also come by the Center and speak with a tutor to schedule an appointment. BroncoConnect (accessed through Blackboard) also allows students to schedule appointments with The Writing Center.

Does the Writing Center work with groups on assigned writing projects?

  • Yes. The Writing Center's tutors will work with groups on their writing assignment. When making an appointment, students should provide the lab manager with the names of all group members. Also, please note that these sessions may take longer than the allotted 30-45 minutes, so two appointments may be scheduled.

How many times can students visit the Writing Center?

  • Students can be seen for two sessions per week, or one 2-hour session a week. Tutors are only allowed to assist students 4 times per writing assignment. Students can visit the Center as many times as they want per semester.

Will I know that my students have visited the Writing Center?

  • Visits to the Writing Center are reported to instructors, upon request. Students receive a consultation form as proof of their visit. This can be shared with the instructor, at students' will. If you would like to be notified of your students' visits to the Center, contact Ms. Briana Murrell at bmurrel1@uncfsu.edu, or (910) 672-2455.

Can students drop their paper off to be proofread and edited?

  • Because students are responsible for their own work, they are prohibited from dropping off their paper.

If a student needs help on a paper, but it is not in an English course, will the Writing Center be able to assist them?

  • Yes. The Writing Center provides help with all writing projects in any course or department. Our tutors aid in the writing process of essays, academic research, creative writing, case studies, cover letters, resumes, and more.

Who are the tutors in the Writing Center?

  • Both students (peer) and non-students (professional) serve as tutors in the Writing Center. Professional tutors have extensive experience in the Writing field. Peer tutors are students from all departments across campus who have successfully passed their English courses and have been recommended by faculty and staff to help other writers. All tutors are certified by the National Training Association (NTA).

How can a student become a Writing Tutor?

  • The Writing Center seeks potential tutors throughout the semester. Peer Writing Tutors must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and must have successfully completed ENGL 110 and ENGL 120 with at least a B. They must also submit writing samples and letters of recommendation, as well as successfully complete a grammar exam. If you know a student that is interested in becoming a tutor, please contact have them contact the Writing Center Coordinator at bmurrel1@uncfsu.edu, or (910) 672-2455 for more information.

Can I recommend a student to apply to become a Writing Tutor? 

  • Of course. It is highly recommended that faculty and staff suggest students they feel would be an asset to the Writing Center staff. Please contact Ms. Briana Murrell at bmurrel1@uncfsu.edu, or (910) 672-2455.
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