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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring to an appointment?

Sometimes it's easiest to look together at a printed copy of your writing, but you're welcome to bring something we can access together digitally. A consultant can also print writing for a consultation from one of the center's computers. Please bring anything and everything else related to the writing: instructions for the writing, notes from class, books or research, previous drafts, any feedback you've been given, and so on. The more we know about the writing, the better.

How long will my session last?  

Standard sessions can be 30 or 60 minutes, although the first and last few minutes of each session will be needed for logging your session in and out. How that time is spent is entirely up to you. We're here to help you improve as a writer, which means helping you think critically and make decisions about your own writing... rather than making any decisions for you. 

Who are the Writing Center consultants and will they know how to help me?

Writing Center consultants represent a number of disciplines and majors on the Crete campus, but we do not claim to be experts with every topic or course. In many ways, we are all still learning new things. Still, we are experienced writers and readers and we can offer constructive feedback about your writing. If you're interested in finding a consultant with a particular expertise or who has taken a particular course, visit the Staff Bios or email writingcenter@doane.edu for suggestions.  

What kinds of writing can I bring to the Writing Center?

We love to talk about any writing: academic, creative, personal, professional... We're up for any challenge! We can also help you navigate any academic citation style.

When should I visit the Writing Center for help?
 

When you can, visit early and visit often to help us help you grow and avoid the stress of deadlines. Whether you're not sure where to start or you've got a final draft that just needs one little push, we can help you...

  • brainstorm
  • interpret your teacher's instructions or feedback
  • plan an argument
  • find research
  • use evidence
  • cite your sources 
  • organize your draft
  • learn to proofread for style, grammar, punctuation
  • figure out how you want to revise

 

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