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Answers to common questions

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring a printed copy of the piece of writing you wish to work on with your tutor. Also helpful (but not required) is a copy of the assignment guidelines or any comments or past critique from your professor.
  

I need someone to help me get started. Even though I don't have anything written yet, can I still come?

Yes! The pre-writing stage is important, and tutors are happy to discuss any assignment questions.

What can I expect during my appointment?

A relaxed, friendly conversation around a table in a quiet space with an attentive and knowledgeable tutor. The two of you discuss and decide how to use the hour and what to focus on -- then tackle any problems together. Tutors also consider, when making suggestions, the time you have left before the work is due.

If I bring in a draft of my essay, will you correct it for me and fix all mistakes?

No. University writing centres are not editing services -- tutors show how to develop your proofreading and editing strategies and look over a document withyou, but they won't correct entire essays for students.

What if I have to cancel?

We understand that things come up: simply email writing @msvu.ca to cancel your appointment; aim to do this 24 hours in advance.
   

I'm applying for grad school/professional program/grant, and I want someone to look over a piece of writing I have to submit. Can the Writing Centre help?

Yes.  Mount students can bring non-academic pieces of writing to an appointment. Tutors discuss creative writing, job application letters, grant and graduate application essays, and more. The Mount's Career Services (457-6139) also offer resumé and cover-letter critiques free for students.