Frequently Asked Questions

What are your hours?
We officially open WEEK 2 on Tuesday, January 19th at 9:00 a.m. We are not open on Saturdays and Sundays. Most students make appointments ahead of time online (see below).

Visit to see our hours and to register in our online system. Plan ahead; make your appointments early. Sessions start on the hour.

When should I visit the SWC, & how many times per week can I work with a tutor?
You can use the SWC two (2) times per week for regularly scheduled 30-minute or 60-minute sessions + walk-in sessions any day they’re offered–and it’s free! (Well, let’s rephrase that–with the cost of tuition, it’s an academic resource included in your university experience, so please take advantage of it.)

We can help at any point in the writing process and for any writing project. However, the  earlier you visit us, the better. If you book a session hours before a paper’s due, the support we can offer is very limited. If you can make more than one trip to the SWC for an assignment throughout the writing process, you’ll get the most benefit.

Who can use the SWC?
All OHIO Students–but if you’re a graduate student, we encourage you to check out the Graduate Research and Writing Center, especially for larger projects. Depending on your needs, know that there are additional writing centers on campus, including the OPIE Writing Lab and ELIP Writing Center. The SWC works with writers from around the world, creative writers, published writers, small groups, and students working on writing projects across the disciplines.

*It’s important to note that you may only schedule and attend sessions for yourself and your own writing. Also, all members of a group project must be present and active in a tutoring session.

I’m a commuter student or an e-Learning student. Can I still use the SWC?
If you’re one of the above, you can contact our Coordinator, Dr. Candace Stewart, who will set up possible online tutoring. These hours are limited, so plan in advance.

What should I bring to my SWC session?
Bring specific questions and a willingness to participate in the session. Also bring the assignment sheet, a writing utensil,  and (preferably) a hard paper copy of your current draft.

What happens if I miss a session?
Please cancel an appointment ahead of time online. If you accumulate more than two (2) “no-shows,” you may lose your writing center privileges for the rest of the semester.

Who works at the SWC?
Our diverse staff is made up of undergrad and professional tutors (who hold undergraduate or graduate degrees). Tutors listed on our schedule are labeled with (u) for undergraduate and (p) for professional (degree-holding).

May I request to work with the same tutor on a regular basis?
Absolutely! Just ask the tutor to help you make repeating appointments online since tutors have the administrative power to do so. Or, you can email a request to work with a specific tutor.

Back-to-back sessions with the same tutor should only be made by SWC administrators and under special circumstances.

Why won’t you edit or proofread my
 entire paper?

Proofreading and editing are technically publishing terms. “Proofreading” means to check writing for mistakes in spelling, formatting, etc. before sending it to a professional printer.  “Editing” has a similar meaning except that an editor also has quite a bit of power. Editors can make all kinds of changes to your paper (or force you to make them) whether you like those changes or not. In addition, proofreading and editing are passive activities—you don’t need to be there for an editor or proofreader to “shred” your paper to bits or even rewrite the whole thing.

In the technical sense then, tutors will never overly proofread or edit your paper because we believe that 1) it’s your paper, not ours, so you need to be the one who makes changes and improves your paper (After all, you’ll be getting the grade, not us!) and 2) you’ll learn more about writing, editing, and proofreading when you’re active in the session.

Tutors are willing to help you find and fix examples of mistakes in spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. The difference is that you will be involved in the process. The tutor will work with you and teach you how to proofread and edit for yourself as much as possible.

Most of the time, a paper’s most pressing concern is NOT proofreading, editing, or grammar, so the tutor will encourage you to spend a session reorganizing, focusing, clarifying, or developing your paper—things that will make you a better writer in the long term and things that usually have a much bigger impact on your grade.

A perfectly proofread paper can still get an “F.” If you and your tutor consistently disagree on your paper’s most pressing concerns, then the tutor may decide that it’s best to end the session.

Failure to follow SWC policies or treating a tutor disrespectfully may result in revoked Student Writing Center privileges.