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Frequently Asked Questions

Below, you'll find some request asked questions about Writing Center services and expectations. If you have any additional questions or would like further clarification, please email the Writing Center at or call the office at 904-620-5934.
  • What is the Writing Center?
    The Writing Center is a completely free on-campus service that is committed to servicing student writers of all skill levels. The Writing Center offers one-on-one consultations, virtual consultations, and in-class instruction as well.
  • Where is the Writing Center?

    The Writing Center is located in Building 4 in room 2501. This location can easily be found by locating the breezeway above the bamboo garden.


    The off-site Writing Center space can also be found on the first floor of the Carpenter Library. Once you enter the first floor of the library, the Writing Center space can be found by walking straight ahead and by locating the Purdue Study area. The Writing Center staff will be available in the middle work station on the right-hand side.

  • How can the Writing Center help me?

    The Writing Center can address the needs of students and faculty by providing individualized help on various writing assignments such as lab reports and research papers. Also, the Writing Center offers instructional tools for faculty to share with students.

    You should always stop by with any writing-related questions!

  • Do I need to make an appointment?

    You are not required to make an appointment to visit the Writing Center and are welcome to visit as a drop-in appointment. But, drop-in appointments are shorter than scheduled appointments, and you may have to wait for a consultant to become available.

  • How can I make an appointment?

    Making an appointment with the Writing Center can be easily done by going to your MyNest portal through MyWings. Once you enter the MyNest Portal, you will:

    1. Locate the left-hand menu and select "Tutoring"
    2. You will see a list of tutoring and academic support resources, and select "Writing Center Consultations." 
    3. Select the appropriate subject area in the drop-down menu that matches your needs.
    4. Choose your preferred Writing Consultant and click the "Schedule an Appointment" link. 
    5. Select the day and time of availability that aligns with your schedule and click "Continue to Registration."
    6. Complete the appointment questionnaire and submit answers. 
    7. Confirm the details of your appointment. See you soon! 
  • What should I bring to my appointment?

    You are not required to bring anything to your appointment; however, you may want to consider bringing one of the listed items below with you to get the most out of your time in the Writing Center.

    • A draft 
    • A mind map or other brainstorming map
    • The instructions of the assignment you are seeking help with
    • Previous feedback from your instructor
    • Questions to ask your consultant
  • What do I need for my virtual appointment?

    To get the most out of your virtual appointment, we strongly recommend that you use a computer for your consultation. Zoom offers a variety of features in its computer-based software that are unavailable in the app. We also recommend using the computer-based Complication to ensure you can use the screen-sharing feature and make out any on-screen discussion your writing consultant might share with you.

    As a note:

    1. You are able to use the mobile app for Zoom, but it is not as feature rich, nor does it allow a smooth experience for screen sharing. Students who use their smart phones generally remark that experience is closer to a phone call and requires them to spend much of their time troubleshooting and explaining what they see.
    2. For computer users, you do not need to download Zoom and can use the browser-based Zoom. As above, it is less resource-rich but it will allow you to see your writing consultant's screen and share yours.
    3. You are not required to use all the features of the video chat. If you do not want to use your camera or don't have one: that is 100% OK. You get to decide to what degree you engage in your consultation.
  • How long will my appointment be?
    Your appointment time may vary based on several factors. Most scheduled appointments last about 30 minutes and drop-in appointments are typically 20 minutes.
  • Can I just email you my paper for feedback?

    Because our staff are not editors or proofreaders, we do not permit students to drop off or email their documents for comments or corrections. Instead, our writing consultants offer learning sessions in which students use their writing to practice improving their writing skills and practices. This kind of work is collaborative and requires both the writer and the writing consultant to work in real time and offers writers the opportunity to ask questions and gain hands-on practice.

  • Will my paper be edited during my appointment?
    While the Writing Center is happy to offer suggestions to improve your writing, the Writing Consultants will not line-by-line edit your paper. Writing consultants are not trained editors or proofreaders; instead, our Writing Consultants are focused on providing you with hands-on help and collaborative learning sessions.
  • Does the Writing Center offer accommodations?

    The Writing Center is happy to meet the accommodations of any student. If you find yourself needing accommodation, you should alert your writing consultant or reach out to us at

    If you would like more comprehensive guidance, please reach out to the Student Accessibility Center (SAC). They can be reached at or in their office located in Building 57, Room 1500.

  • Does the Writing Center have a no-show policy

    If you fail to contact the Writing Center after being more than 15 minutes late for an appointment, you will be marked as a no-show.  In any given semester, if a student schedules and fails to attend 3 consultations without canceling beforehand, the Writing Center may ask that student to coordinate directly with their staff to schedule subsequent consultations. 

  • I need proof of my visit to show my professor. How can I get this?
    Many professors/instructors require their students to provide proof of their visit to the Writing Center. All visitors will have a receipt of their visit sent to them at their UNF email the morning following your visit at 8am. If you are unable to locate this email, please check or spam folder or reach out to us at