Frequently Asked Questions

What services does the Writing Center provide?

We provide free, one-on-one writing tutoring to any member of the NMU community for any writing project, assigned or unassigned.

What do students work on in the Writing Center?

Any stage of the writing process including

  • brainstorming ideas
  • creating an outline
  • researching
  • drafting an essay
  • revising
  • reading a final copy
  • APA, MLA, and Chicago Style citations
  • grammar guidance through handouts and reference books

Can I just drop off my paper?

No. When you're actively participating in a tutoring session, you're learning about your own writing and writing processes. It is our hope that you will be able to apply the concepts from your tutorial to your writing in the future, and you need to be present for that!

Who are the tutors?

Talented undergraduate and graduate students who

  • are recommended by professors
  • go through an interview process
  • submit portfolios of their written work
  • take a 2-credit class about the tutoring of writing