writing center

Welcome to the CCSU Writing Center! Our dedicated tutors look forward to working with you on your writing assignments and projects. The Writing Center offers free tutoring for undergraduate and graduate students. We work with students on any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to revising and editing. We also partner with faculty members in any discipline who are designing and teaching writing in their classes.

For the Fall 2015 Semester, the Writing Center will be open:

  • Mondays 10:00-7:00
  • Tuesdays 10:00-4:00
  • Wednesdays 10:00-7:00
  • Thursdays 10:00-4:00
  • Fridays 10:00-2:00

The Fall Semester schedule runs from August 31st through December 18th. The Writing Center is closed during holidays, breaks, and the summer.

The Writing Center is located in Willard Hall, Room 115. The campus map can be accessed here: http://web.ccsu.edu/campusmap.

Contact Information
For general questions or to make an appointment, please either stop by the center in person or call (860) 832-2765.

To contact the Director, please email Dr. Elizabeth Brewer at ebrewer@ccsu.edu or call her at (860) 832-2763.

Making Appointments
We encourage students to schedule tutoring appointments at least 24 hours in advance. Appointments can be made by either stopping by the Writing Center (Willard 115) in person or by calling (860) 832-2765. We accept walk-ins as well, and we will do our best to work with students who drop in without an appointment if we have available tutors. However, we work first with students who have made appointments ahead of time.

Tutoring sessions typically last 30 minutes. In order for us to stay on schedule, we hold firmly to this limit of 30 minutes per tutoring session. Individual students can schedule up to three 30-minute tutoring sessions per week. Because we encourage students to utilize the Writing Center as they move through all of the stages of the writing process, we are happy to meet with a student multiple times about the same paper. At the beginning of each tutoring session, the tutor and student will decide to focus on certain aspects of the paper, rather than discussing every part of the paper. So, it is often useful to have multiple tutoring sessions for the same paper. This means, too, that tutors will only work with a student on one assignment per tutoring session. If you would like to work with a tutor on multiple writing assignments, please schedule separate appointments for each assignment.

If you believe you will need an appointment for longer than 30 minutes, we ask that you specify that when scheduling your tutoring session; we will try to accommodate that request if we can.


Preparing For Your Appointment

Before your appointment:
Make sure that you have enough time before the assignment deadline to make revisions after your tutoring session. We also recommend that you try out the assignment on your own before your appointment. If you are unsure of the professor’s expectations or the meaning of the assignment prompt, please ask him or her to clarify any confusion before your Writing Center tutoring session.

Plan to arrive 5 minutes early. If you are late for your scheduled appointment, we may ask you to reschedule.

Bring to your appointment:

  • A typed draft of your paper
  • The assignment guidelines/prompt
  • The professor’s rubric or grading criteria
  • A copy of another paper you’ve written for the class that has the professor’s comments on it (if available)

At your Appointment:
During your tutoring session, expect to be engaged with the tutor in a focused discussion of your writing. Remember that appointments are limited to 30 minutes, so the tutor will work with you on one or two of the biggest concerns about the assignment. Tutors work with students by making recommendations, explaining concepts, and teaching students strategies for composing and/or revising.

Tutors are NOT editors, and they will not write, revise, or edit any part of your paper for you. Additionally, tutors are NOT your professors. They will not give grades, comment on an instructor’s grade, or take responsibility for the grade you receive on your assignment.

Following your Appointment:
The Writing Center itself is strictly a tutoring area, so you’ll need to write and revise your papers in another location after your appointment. We can recommend one of the computer labs on campus or the library as good environments to work in.