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FAQs for students

Do I need an appointment?

On-campus students do not need an appointment to visit the ISU Writing Center. Students may walk-in during normal business hours to meet with a consultant. Last appointment of the day begins 30 minutes before close and is subject to the tutor's discretion.

How do I make a distance tutoring appointment?

Distance students may call the center at 812-237-2989 to schedule an appointment. Please do not attempt to make appointments by email. For more information, please visit our Distance Learning page.

What should I expect when I come in for a session?

Be sure to come prepared for your session. Please bring your textbook, any relevant class notes, and a printed version of your paper. Remember that your tutor may be unfamiliar with your specific assignment, so bringing these materials will allow us to help you as much as possible. If you are a distance student, be on time; if you are more than 15 minutes late you will be marked as a no-show. Given that you arrive on time, you will have 50 minutes with your consultant. Your consultant will ask you questions about your assignment to help you identify where you are having trouble. He or she will not write on your paper, but may point out problem areas or demonstrate similar problems on a whiteboard. It is always up to you to make the recommended changes, and you will always maintain final say over your own work. On arrival and departure, you will be asked to swipe in and out with your ISU ID card.

How will my professor know I was at the MWC?

If your professor requires or offers extra credit for visits to the ISUWC, let us know before your appointment starts. Afterwards, your consultant will scan your consultation sheet and send it to your professor so that he or she knows you were here. Be aware that if you do not ask for proof of attendance, it will not be sent. We value students' privacy and only provide this information by request. If you attend a workshop, you will be automatically given a slip of paper as proof of attendance. It is up to you to deliver this to your professor.

I might need more than 50 minutes of help. What should I do?

Lots of people need more than 50 minutes! If you think you may need extra time, you may stay for a second session by putting your name back on the whiteboard and waiting for the next tutor. Tutors will accommodate special requests as demand allows, but appointments are first-come-first-served. This process ensures that all students have the opportunity to meet with a consultant in a timely manner. Distance students may schedule up to two consecutive appointments in one day.

How much will my grade improve if I visit the M&WC?

The ISU Writing Center does not guarantee grades, nor can we provide you with an estimate of what your grade will be if you visit. Your professor has the final say in grading. As you know, learning is a long process, so please do not expect to understand everything you need to know in 1 appointment.

My consultant didn't know all the answers! Why not?

Please keep in mind that the consultants in the ISU Writing Center are students, too. As such, they are always learning. While everyone who works here maintains at least a 3.0 in his/her own classes, it may have been years since your tutor took the class you're taking right now, so the consultant may need to refresh his/her memory by referencing a book or asking another consultant for help. This is acceptable, as no tutor can know everything there is to know about your subject. Additionally, if you are working on something unusual (like a paper in APSA style), be aware that your consultant may be learning with you. Please be patient, but be honest with us when you fill out your anonymous feedback form; if there is something we can do better, just let us know!

Why aren't you open finals week?

We close during finals week because the consultants are students and must study for their own exams. To offset this closure, we offer extra hours during study week.

The Center is too loud and I can't concentrate. What should I do?

The ISUWC can get very loud. If you are having trouble concentrating, just ask your consultant if you can move to a quiet space. He or she will happily honor your request. If you know when you make your appointment that you will want a quiet room, let us know and we will make a note of it.




Cunningham Library
2nd floor southwest corner
Phone: (812) 237-2989

Fall Hours starting August 26th

Mon-Thurs: 10am - 8pm
Fri: 10am - 5pm
Sun: 4pm - 10pm
Extended hours available for students in different time zones based on tutor availability.

Special ISU WC Dates
The ISU WC will be CLOSED on the following dates:
September 2, 2019 - Labor Day
October 4, 2019 - Fall Break
November 25 - 29, 2019 - Thanksgiving Break
December 9 -13, 2019 - Finals
December 24 - Jan 1, Winter Recess; University Closed

The ISU WC will have extended hours during Study Week
December 2 - 6, 2019 - call for details!