Why should I visit The Writing Center?

Writing is often a solitary activity. Meeting with a tutor means you can exchange and improve ideas to provide clarity of thought and structure to your paper. The tutors are trained to assess your papers critically and provide helpful feedback on how to strengthen your paper.

Who should visit the Writing Center?

All HU students, staff, and faculty are welcome to visit the writing center. Students who are generally good writers also benefit from readership and feedback, and are encouraged to visit the Writing Center.

Can I email my paper for the online appointment?

Online appointments will take place over MS Teams. You can send your paper to your assigned tutor via MS Teams or email if they ask you to.

Will tutors proofread my paper?

Writing Tutors will not proofread/edit your paper. However, they will point out any grammar and syntax issues and tell you how you can fix those errors. Ultimately, the writer is responsible for editing their final paper.

Will you inform my instructor about my visits to the Writing Center?

No, we generally don’t inform instructors about students vising the writing center unless you specifically want us to, in which case, we will email them.

Can the Writing Center help me with take-home essay exams?

No, I’m afraid we cannot help with take-home essay exams unless we receive an email from your instructor saying it’s okay to do so.

Will the Writing Center improve my grade on the paper?

While the Writing Center cannot guarantee a particular grade on a paper, visiting the Writing Center can help strengthen your reading and writing skills, ultimately resulting in improved grades.

How many appointments can I book?

You can only book two back-to-back appointments. This is because after a two-hour consultation, we would like you to go back and revise the paper. You can always book another appointment once you are done revising your paper. There is no limit, though, to how many appointments you book in a week, granted you attend all of them.

What other services does the Writing Center offer?

We acknowledge and take pride in the diverse student body at HU. For that reason, the Writing Center provides support for English as a second language (ESL) through one-on-one and group sessions, conducts a range of workshops from grammar and mechanics to advanced rhetorical strategies. We also help with final-year project reports, theses, as well as graduate school application essays.

Where is the Writing Center located?

The Writing Center is located inside the library, Information Commons on the ground floor.

What can the Writing Center help me with?

From brainstorming to the final draft, we will work with you on your writing assignments or presentations for any course or discipline, including academic essays, lab reports, oral presentations, posters, PowerPoint presentations, senior thesis projects, as well as personal statements for university applications.

What are the operational timings for the Writing Center?

From Monday to Friday, and working Saturdays, the Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How much does it cost to use the Writing Center?

Nothing. It’s free!

Do I need to bring a hardcopy of my assignment with me?

Not necessarily. You are welcome to bring digital copies if you prefer. However, do not email your paper unless asked by your Writing Tutor. The Writing Tutor may ask you to email your paper if the meeting is online and you are unable to share your screen.

Will you provide feedback on my assignment if I email it to you?

You will have to book an appointment with a writing tutor to get feedback on your paper.

How can I meet with a Writing Tutor?

There are three Writing Tutors available to help you with your assignments, and there are two ways to meet with a Writing Tutor:

  1. You can book an appointment with a writing tutor to ensure that the Writing Tutors are available at your desired time. Visit the YouCanBookMe page to book your appointment. If you would like more than 60 minutes with your Writing Tutor, please book two slots.
  2. You can also just walk-in to meet with a writing tutor. If they are not engaged with other students, they will be happy to see you. In case of online settings, you can email or message one of the writing tutors on MS Teams. They will contact you subject to their availability.

Can I bring my friend’s and/or family member’s assignment on their behalf?

No. At the Writing Center we only work with Habib university students, staff, and faculty. Family members or friends will not be entertained. Additionally, even if your friend is a Habib university student, you may not bring their assignment to us on their behalf.

Does the Writing Center offer group tutoring sessions?

Yes. The Center conducts group tutoring for specific readings, and sometimes we may conduct a group tutoring session for a group of students with the same assignment.

If any of your questions and/or concerns have not been answered above, you can email us at writing.center@habib.edu.pk