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UVM Writing Center: FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make an appointment? Do I have to have an appointment?

You can make an appointment online at By making an appointment, you reserve time with a tutor. You can also drop in at at 105 Bailey/Howe Library to see if a tutor is free.

Is there a fee?

No, the Writing Center is free for all UVM students and staff. If you can't come to a scheduled appointment, please call and cancel so that another student can use your slot. If you do not cancel an appointment at least twenty-four hours in advance, your student account may be charged $10 for your missed appointment.

Do you offer tutoring online?

The Writing Center offers limited online tutoring for students who are unable to access Bailey/Howe Library (for example, if you live outside of Chittenden country, or if you have a disability that would make online tutoring more effective). Click here for information on how to request online tutoring.

What if I need help with a particular discipline or genre?

If you have questions about a particular type of writing, check Tutor Information for a tutor who has experience with that genre or discipline when you make an appointment.

Who are the tutors?

Click here for a link to information about the tutors.

How do I become a tutor?

If you’re interested in becoming a writing tutor, contact Sue Dinitz at Tutors must be recommended by a faculty member and are then selected through an interview and application process each spring. New tutors take a year-long seminar (English 104 and English 105), tutoring for three hours each week in the Writing Center as part of their homework. After the first year, tutors are paid from $9.50 to $13 per hour.

Click here for a short informational video.

Who comes to the Writing Center?

More than 1,600 writers used the Writing Center last year. Students came to work on papers for more than 140 courses, from all of the colleges and schools. They also came to work on application essays, resumes, creative pieces, and various unassigned writing projects. Nearly 40 percent of the students who came to the Writing Center were juniors, seniors, or graduate students.

What happens in a tutoring session?

Your tutor will try to help you move forward with your writing project. Sessions are collaborative—you cannot drop a paper off for editing or commenting. We schedule appointments to last for 50 minutes so that you'll have time to work on your paper with the tutor. In fifty minutes, you may not be able to address all of the ways in which your paper might be improved. The tutor will ask what you'd like to accomplish in the session, and together you will set an agenda. You don't need to have anything written in order to come to the Writing Center, but it's helpful if you bring your assignment as well as any written drafts, outlines, or other materials with which you're working.

Click here for a short informational video.

How should I prepare for a session?

If you are coming in to discuss ideas before writing a draft, try to review any relevant texts before the session, and bring them along. If you are bringing in a draft, reread it so that it is fresh in your mind and then think about what you would like to work on in your session.

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