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Frequently Asked Questions

What can the UWC do for you?
We offer 50-minute one-on-one consultation sessions to anyone in the Baylor community who wants a reader for their writing or feedback on their ideas or writing approach. We consult with undergraduate and graduate students—both in person on campus and online—as well as faculty and staff who want feedback on their writing. Our goal is to help writers become better readers and reviewers of their own work and to apply what they learn to future writing projects. We offer help to writers at all stages of the writing process, including brainstorming, invention, research, and data collection, to thesis statements, organization, revising, and grammar.

How do I make appointments?
You can schedule an appointment online (baylor.edu/UWC), over the phone (254-710-4849), or in person. Clients are allowed one consultation session per day, and two sessions per week.

What genres of writing do you offer help with?
We offer help on almost all genres of writing, including alphabetic print-based texts to digital, visual, and multimodal compositions. Some of the common types of print-based writing we offer help on include research papers, essays, reports, resumes, conference papers, seminar papers, personal statements, and theses/dissertations. We also offer assistance on digital compositions, including audio and video essays, digital stories, posters, brochures, flyers, and websites. For faculty, we offer help with scholarly articles, book projects, and assignment design.

Do I need to be an English major to go to the University Writing Center?
No. Students of all majors and disciplines are welcome and encouraged to visit. All writers need readers, and we are here to help you whatever your background or status.

How much does it cost to use the University Writing Center?
Nothing! The UWC services are free to students, faculty, and staff.

Who are the writing consultants at the UWC?
We are a diverse staff of undergraduate and graduate consultants from a variety of disciplines and majors. Our writing consultants are made up of M.A. and Ph.D. students in English, and our undergraduate consultants come from a variety of disciplines, including history, professional writing and rhetoric, business, psychology, English, biology, film and digital media, communication sciences and disorders, and philosophy. We also have several students from University Scholars, Business Fellows, BIC, and Great Texts. Our consultants receive extensive training to provide students with tools to not only succeed on one paper, assignment, or document, but to become better writers in general and to apply what they learn to future writing projects.

What should a writer bring with them to a session?
It is helpful for you to bring a draft of the paper or text (if written), any notes you have, and a copy of the assignment (or journal submission information). Bringing these materials helps the consultants understand the audience and purpose for your writing and provides us with more background for responding to your work.

Do I need to schedule a consulting session in advance?
We recommend that you set up a session in advance in order to guarantee that you can be seen. However, we also accept walk-in clients. You can drop by anytime, and if we have a consultant available, you can be seen right then. Please note that during busy times, walk-in appointments are harder to secure and not guaranteed.

Do you offer online appointments?
Yes, we offer both synchronous and asynchronous online appointments. Click here for more information.

Will you proofread or edit my paper?
No, but we will teach you to self-edit or self-proofread. One of the questions we get most often is why we don’t proofread at the UWC. The simple answer is that the UWC is a teaching unit, not a proofreading service. We will not go through your paper (i.e., text, document) and make specific changes regarding grammar, punctuation, or style. Our emphasis is on learning and growth. If we did proofread or edit your text for you, you might end up with a grammatically-correct, error-free, and more polished paper, but you wouldn’t understand what we had done to make it better. You would have to come back to the UWC every time you wanted to improve future papers because you wouldn’t know how to do so yourself. On the other hand, when we teach you to self-edit/proofread, you learn how to make not only one particular piece of writing better, but every single piece of writing you complete. Through this method, you know how to examine your own writing with a critical eye.

Ultimately, our goal is to help you become better writers—to give you the tools to be able to edit, proofread, and revise your own writing. While we hope the one paper you bring to the consultation improves, our goal is to help you improve your overall writing skills. For these reasons, we focus on teaching you self-revising and self-editing/proofreading skills. We will answer questions about specific problems, identify patterns of repeated grammar issues, and model a correction. We will then invite you to find other similar problems in your own writing. We believe this approach helps you in the long-run.