Writing Center Frequently Asked Questions

Antioch University New England Writing Center
Where is the AUNE Writing Center located?

Where and when will tutoring take place?

Is there a fee?

Who are the tutors?

What happens in a peer tutoring session?

How often can I see a tutor?

What if I don’t want other people to know I’m getting writing support?

I don’t have time when I’m on campus. Does the Writing Center offer virtual support?

Will the tutor review my paper ahead of time?

How many pages can a tutor review with me in a single session?

Is writing support available for students at the dissertation level?

Other tutors haven’t been able to fix my papers. Why should I believe the AUNE Writing Center will?

My papers just need proof reading. Will you correct my grammatical errors and spelling mistakes?

How do I make an appointment?


Where is the AUNE Writing Center located?
The Writing Center is located in the AUNE Library.


Where and when will tutoring take place?
Tutoring takes place in the AUNE Writing Center, a small room (with a big window) across from the front desk in the library. Office hours are posted on the AUNE Writing Center’s Web page, and on the door to the center. Students make appointments online  to see peer tutors during those hours. Drop-in services are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Phone support and Skype sessions are available as well.[/accordion]


Is there a fee?
No. AUNE Writing Center services are free!


Who are the tutors?
Tutors are AUNE students who are skilled in the writing process, have solid interpersonal skills, have been recommended by an instructor, and participate in initial training and ongoing professional development.


What happens in a peer tutoring session?
Sessions vary based on each student’s needs. If you are just starting a paper, come in to discuss your ideas; tutors can help you determine what you want to say and what you need to know. If you are further along, bring in notes or an outline; tutors can work with you on organization, and dialogue can help you clarify what you want to say and what you might do next. If you have a draft in hand, expect to do some reading aloud, respond to and ask questions about your writing and ideas, revise sample sections, and apply what you learn to other parts of your paper. The peer tutor will certainly listen, ask questions, and note areas where he/she is confused or excited.


How often can I see a tutor?
We offer one-hour sessions. You are welcome to schedule one or two sessions a week, up to 14 days in advance. You may drop in more frequently than that, and if a tutor is available, you are welcome to meet with him/her.


What if I don’t want other people to know I’m getting writing support?
Tutors commit to confidentiality regarding the tutoring session (but for issues of safety and adherence to the university’s honor code). In order to best serve students, however, tutors and the director may discuss tutoring sessions during professional development meetings; these discussions are confidential as well. The Writing Center has its own conference room, and with the door closed, it offers a fairly sound proof setting. Please remember that we offer services to students at all writing levels. Confident and accomplished writers, as well as those with many writing needs, benefit from peer feedback.


I don’t have time when I’m on campus. Does the Writing Center offer virtual support?
We recommend in-person tutoring, if at all possible. But if you can’t get to campus when the center is open, you have three other options for writing support.

  1. Phone support with an AUNE Writing Center tutor.
  2. Support via Skype with an AUNE Writing Center tutor.
  3. Virtual Writing Center (VWC) support via e-tutoring.

For details on how to sign up for in-person tutoring or any of the options above, please visit our “How to Sign Up” page.


Will the tutor review my paper ahead of time?
Generally, no.  You should bring a hard copy with you to the tutoring session, or you can attach your paper when signing up (or email it to yourself), so you can view the paper from the center’s laptop.  Most student’s find it easiest to work from a hard copy.  For phone and Skype sessions, particularly if the paper is long, we recommend allowing the tutor to view the paper ahead of time; in that case, you should sign up for two, hour-long sessions.  The tutor will review the paper independently during the first hour, and you’ll have a phone or Skype session during the second hour.


How many pages can a tutor review with me in a single session?
This varies, based on the type of work being done.  Generally, a student can review up to 5 pages in a single session.  To work on longer assignments, you should consider signing up for more than one session.


Is writing support available for students at the dissertation level?
Some dissertation-specific writing support is available, and we are working to develop more. Before signing up for tutoring, contact the Writing Center Coordinator, John Dunham, at jdunham@antioch.edu.  We’ll work to put a system in place that meets your needs. Free dissertation support is also available virtually, from Dr. Hida Basta at AU Seattle. See the resources page for details.


Other tutors haven’t been able to fix my papers. Why should I believe the AUNE Writing Center will?
If you are looking for a quick fix, the AUNE Writing Center is not the place for you. Our mission is to help students become better writers by providing support and peer feedback. This means we work to help you improve your writing. We are not an editing or a copywriting service.


My papers just need proof reading. Will you correct my grammatical errors and spelling mistakes?
Peer tutors can help you improve your editing skills, but they will not edit, proof read, or revise your paper for you. A peer tutor can identify areas of concern in your paper (including grammar, syntax, word choice, etc.), and then he/she can help you make improvements in the rest of the paper. A peer tutor might also work with you on a single area of concern throughout your paper (fragments, for example). Generally, we want to work from big to small, reviewing content and organization before surface matters. But tutors will start each session by asking you what you want to work on.


How do I make an appointment?
We offer an online registration system. You’ll need to register with the online system using your AUNE email address; once in the system, you can easily sign up for tutoring sessions. If you have difficulty with the online process, email the Writing Center Coordinator, John Dunham, at jdunham@antioch.edu. Please note that the center is staffed part time; we will reply as soon as we can, but a reply may not come immediately! For more information visit our step-by-step guide to the registration process.