The Writing Center's peer and faculty tutors participate in a College Reading & Learning Association-certified training program and are eager to work with LIM College students at any stage of the writing process. We are located on the third floor of Maxwell Hall at 216 East 45th Street.
What to Bring
Bring a printed copy of your assignment (if you have started) and a printed copy of the assignment instructions provided by your instructor. Also bring any relevant source material. (You can print your paper in the Writing Center, but this may cut into your session time, so if this is your plan, be sure to arrive early.)
What to Expect
Appointments begin on the hour and last for a maximum of 50 minutes. During that time the tutor and the student will fill out a session record. Session records are brief records of your appointment that detail what material was covered, and they can be e-mailed to anyone—a professor or advisor, for example—at the student’s discretion.
The Writing Center is not a “fix-it” shop—that is, you cannot drop your paper off and have it edited. But we are here to help regardless of whether or not you have begun your assignment, and our sessions are interactive, meaning the student and the tutor work together to address whatever the highest-order concerns are in a given assignment. In some cases, this may mean perfecting language and grammar, but it usually means seriously considering the focus and structure of an assignment. This includes discussing the central argument or thesis, determining if adequate research has been performed, and developing a plan for the best possible structure for individual paragraphs and the assignment at large.
Our goal is for the student to leave the session with a renewed sense of focus and direction for a given assignment. In most cases, there is only adequate time in a session to work on one assignment. However, no assignment is needed to make an appointment with the Writing Center; students can work on any writing project or even just generally brush up their skills and knowledge of English grammar.