Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
We’re on the fourth floor of Holmes Hall, room 412. Holmes Hall is attached to Lake, Nightingale, and Meserve Halls, and our closest entrance is off of Leon Street. Our Snell Library location is located at The Hub on the first floor or behind the Argo Tea, room 136.
Who can use the Writing Center?
We’re open to anyone from the Northeastern University community! We work with faculty members, staff, undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines, speakers of other languages as well as native speakers of English, and weak, average, and strong writers. We also offer classroom visits, and can arrange staff development workshops.
How do I make an appointment?
You can make an appointment by registering an account with our schedule service, then log onto the current schedule and choose an hour that is most convenient for you.
You may cancel your appointment (online, face-to-face, synchronous) appointment up to one hour before your scheduled time. However, we ask that if you are cancelling an e-tutoring appointment, to delete your appointment 48 hours.
How do I get into contact with the Writing Center?
Visit out website at http://www.northeastern.edu/writing/writing-center/ or call 617-373-4549.
When are you open?
Our hours vary from semester to semester, but we’re usually open Monday through Friday from 10 am to as late as 7 pm. Visit our website <http://www.northeastern.edu/writing/writing-center/> for details. We are also open during summer I and II on a more limited basis.
What services do you offer?
We offer in-person consulting at the Writing Center, real-time mobile consulting, and email submission consulting, which has a 48-hour turnaround.
What should I do if I need help fast?
Try our 136 Snell Library location. Appointments are on a same-day basis.
Our mobile consulting option allows students to make appointments for virtual consulting.
You can also try to drop-in at our Holmes Hall location though priority goes to those who have made appointments in advance.
How many appointments can I have?
Due to high student demand, we limit each student to 2 appointments per week. Students may have one appointment (at either Holmes or Snell) per day, so plan ahead!
Who works at the Writing Center?
The Writing Center is staffed by Northeastern University writing instructors, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Our graduate-student consultants are studying composition theory, literature, and technical/professional writing, while our undergraduates are from various majors, such as English, psychology, film studies, chemical engineering, and behavioral neuroscience.
What do you do at the Writing Center?
Simply put, we teach writing. What that looks like will vary from session to session. Students attend the writing center at all stages in the writing process from brainstorming and outlining, to draft revision and final submission. Sometimes students come in without an assignment simply to work on their sentence structure and usage. Overall, we offer free professional support for all of your writing endeavors.
What should I bring to my Writing Center session?
If you are working on a paper for a course, bring in the assignment sheet as well as any texts you are working with. You should also bring in a rough draft, an outline, some notes, or simply some ideas about the paper you are writing. Laptops, iPads and other electronics are also welcome.
Will you work with resumes, cover letters, and application essays?
Yes, we will. Each consultant has had extensive experience with these sorts of tasks. The Writing Center can’t promise you that you’ll get that job, but we can promise that your résumé will strongly convey your best qualities and qualifications.
Will you proofread my paper at the Writing Center?
Unfortunately we won’t. Instead of having us edit your writing, our tutors work with you to improve your editing and proofreading skills, as well as your grasp of the fundamentals of the English language. This can be a time-consuming process, so be sure to make appointments well in advance of due dates.
What if my teacher wants my consultant to sign a form stating that I went to the Writing Center?
We do not provide an official appointment form. Our philosophy is that a writer’s consultant is a private matter between the consultant and student. However, if you would like to show your teacher that you used our services, pick-up a bookmark, flyer, or brochure at the end of your session.
Do you have handouts that I can use for help?
In keeping with the University’s initiative to “go green” we have digitized many of our resources. Visit our website, which has a resources page that offers grammar and citation resources.