Frequently Asked Questions

Who can use the Writing Center?

We provide one-on-one writing tutoring to NMU students in all programs, from traditional 4-year degrees to certification, associate, and master degrees. We are also open to NMU faculty and staff and members of the Marquette community.

 

What styles of writing does the Writing Center help with?

We will help you with any writing project, assigned or unassigned. We've worked with all types of writing, even wedding vows and tattoo designs! Here’s some of the more common writing we work with:

  • Annotated bibliographies
  • Business letters
  • Creative pieces (poems, fiction, nonfiction)
  • Emails to clients, parents, etc.
  • Grant applications
  • Lab reports
  • Letters
  • Literature reviews
  • Narrative essays
  • Persuasive essays
  • Program applications (such as graduate or medical programs)
  • Research papers
  • Resumes
  • Sabbatical applications
  • Scholarship essays

 

What parts of my paper can the Writing Center help with?

Our tutors are trained to help you with any stage of the writing process and any part of a paper.

Writing Process:

  • Brainstorming ideas
  • Creating an outline
  • Researching a topic
  • Writing a first draft
  • Revising a rough draft
  • Proofreading a final copy
  • Citing research in APA, MLA, and Chicago Style
  • Learning grammatical rules

Parts of the Paper:

  • Introduction
  • Thesis statement
  • Quotes
  • Transitions
  • Conclusion

 

What are your hours?

We’re open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and again from 6-9 p.m. We’re also open Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday from 1-6 p.m.

 

Can I just drop off my paper?

No. We’re here to help you grow as a writer, and we can’t do that without you! When you actively participate in a tutoring session, you learn about your own writing and writing process. We want to share writing strategies you can use in the future, and you need to be present for that!

 

Who are the tutors?

Our talented undergraduate and graduate tutors come from all fields of study, but the one thing they have in common is that they’re skilled writers who have been recommended, interviewed, and have taken a 2-credit class on writing tutoring.

To learn more about our tutors, visit our staff page.

 

How much does a tutoring session cost?

Tutoring is completely free! You can come to the Writing Center as many times as you’d like, at no charge to you.

 

I’d like to work in the Writing Center. Are you hiring?

Hiring for the Writing Center usually takes place during winter semester, from March-April. We interview potential tutors during finals week of winter semester for the upcoming academic year. You can learn more about our employment opportunities here.

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