Writing & Tutoring Center
The Writing & Tutoring Center’s mission is to provide supportive instruction and guidance in all disciplines for students, as well as supportive guidance on all forms of writing to students, staff, and faculty through review, instruction, and feedback, as appropriate, in a holistic learning environment consistent with the values of the Methodist University Mission Statement.
Academic peer tutoring, peer and professional writing consultations are available to all Methodist University students in the One Stop location in the Davis Memorial Library. Professional writing consultations are also available to graduate students, staff, and faculty. You can schedule appointments online or obtain services through walk-in appointments as available. Click this link to access our WCONLINE system to view the schedule and select an appropriate service for your needs. A staff member is available in the Davis Memorial Library during scheduled open hours to assist you with this. Walk-in services may be possible depending on tutor and consultant availability.
Academic Subject Tutoring
Commonly requested subject tutoring availability is posted on the WCONLINE tutoring schedule. Ambassador tutors in other subject areas are also available by request. Contact the Director of Academic Support, Rebecca King, at email@example.com or stop by the Writing and Tutoring Center information desk in the Davis Memorial Library.
The Methodist University Writing & Tutoring Center currently offers the following writing consultation formats:
- Face-to-Face – Allows you to have a face-to-face meeting with your consultant. This option requires you to meet in person with your consultant.
- Online – Allows you to have a real-time meeting with your consultant via phone or video conference. This option requires you to be present either online or via telephone during your consultation.
- Walk-In – Allows you to sign up for a same-day consultation based on consultant availability.
- eTutoring – Allows you to submit your paper to a professional consultant and have them provide written feedback. This option does not require you to be present in person or online during your consultation. Writing consultations only.
Fall/Spring Hours of Operation
- Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Saturday: CLOSED
- Sunday: 3– 9 p.m.
Frequently Asked Questions
You should utilize the writing center because writing can be an overwhelming, stressful task. Working with a writing consultant can make the writing process easier and more productive. If you need assistance with anything from brainstorming to final revisions, the writing center staff is here for you.
We offer suggestions and guidance on what you have written; you decide what changes to make to your paper. Our goal is to help you become a better writer and help you gain knowledge and strategies that can strengthen your current and future writing projects.
We do offer walk-in appointments, so if a consultant is available then you can work with them. Keep in mind that appointments begin at the top of each hour, so you may not have the same amount of consultation time as you would if you had scheduled an appointment. To ensure you get a full 45-minute consultation, we recommend scheduling in advance at WCONLINE.
You and your consultant will work together to address your writing concerns. These can include brainstorming, outlining, finalizing your paper, or anything in between. At the end of your 45-minute consultation, your consultant will write a summary report and ask you to complete a brief survey regarding your experience.
Both Online and eTutoring consultations are conducted via WCONLINE, but the main difference is the way the consultations happen.
Online: This type is similar to a Face-to-Face consultation, except you meet your consultant online from any location with internet access. This may be an appropriate choice for those who have yet to begin writing or need to interact with a consultant in real-time.
eTutoring: This type is a written consultation that provides only written feedback. Prior to your appointment time, you will attach your document to the appointment form. You do not have to be available during your scheduled appointment time. Your consultant will read your document, prepare written feedback, and return the document to you.
No, you do not need to have a completed draft. In fact, you do not need to have anything written! We will gladly work with you at any stage of the writing process.
Writing consultations are for everyone in the Methodist University community. We work with students, staff, and faculty. In fact, many of our consultants use the writing center’s services for their own projects.
Our professional writing consultants have bachelor’s or advanced degrees and have expertise in writing, research, teaching, and more. Our student writing consultants are Methodist University undergraduate students with exceptional writing skills and specialized training. The student writing consultants work only with undergraduate students and only in Face-to-Face or Online consultations. If you are a graduate student or want an eTutoring (written) consultation, you will need to sign up with a professional consultant.
You can add your name to the waiting list with the Waiting List function in WCONLINE.
At the end of each session, your consultant will complete a summary report that is emailed to you and to your professor. This summary provides an overview of what you and your consultant worked on during your appointment.
It is your responsibility to know the instructions for your take-home exams and to share those instructions with the consultant.
Yes, we can consult on lengthy projects. The important thing is to plan ahead and schedule plenty of time. You can schedule up to five (5) single consultations in a week, of which two may be consecutive appointments on the same day for a longer consultation.
We welcome group writing projects. All authors must have active accounts with the writing center, and you must provide the names and email addresses of your co-authors. This way, if you book a face-to-face appointment, the consultant will be able to ensure a large enough meeting area. If it is an online consultation, the professional consultant will use WCONLINE to meet with you initially and may create a Teams conference for your group meeting. If you schedule an eTutoring appointment, submit a single copy of your draft, and you can share the results with your group.
We are always happy to hear from you. We ask you to complete an anonymous, short feedback survey after each consultation. You can include your suggestions in the comments box on the survey. If your comments do not require anonymity, you are always welcome to contact the Director of the Writing Center.