Writing Assistance

Student Colleague working in the Academic Center for ExcellenceThe writing center, is a free service available to all students. Peer Tutors are available to assist students with specific writing assignments as well as general writing problems at any point in the process. Although ACE provides walk-in assistance, the objective is long term writing success.

You are encouraged to set up an appointment to meet in person with a Peer Tutor who will help you with a specific writing assignment. Appointments are approximately 20 to 50 minutes long depending on needs. During the appointment, you'll engage in a constructive discussion with the Peer Tutor regarding the writing assignment. While you will be ultimately responsible for your work, your Peer Tutor will help you develop your ideas and give you constructive feedback to help you improve your writing skills. We provide an environment that affirms writers of all skill levels, and fosters critical thinking intrinsic to the act of writing. A community of writers ourselves, we offer assistance within a framework of collaboration, encouragement, and shared inspiration.  

Please bring to your appointment:

  1. The course assignment
  2. Notes and grading criteria
  3. Your files, if you have begun your paper

Students can expect assistance with:

  • Brainstorming
  • Organizing and structuring your paper
  • Documentation and sources
  • Tips to avoid plagiarism
  • Revision and editing suggestions
  • Resources and exercises to help overcome grammatical and mechanical problems