• Writing Center sessions are 45 minutes long and begin at the top of the hour (X:00). Tutors use the 15 minutes between sessions to write session notes, prepare for their next appointment, and attend to personal needs. 

    If you don't need the full 45 minutes, you may end the session early. If you are working on a lengthy project and need more than 45 minutes, you may book two appointments back-to-back (depending on availability), but it is recommended that you and your tutor have a short break at some point in your scheduled time together. 

  • All writing tutoring sessions are 1-on-1 between a student and peer tutor; you will receive personalized attention and advice. If you are working on a collaborative writing project, all members of your group should come to the tutoring session. 

  • The duration and style of the tutoring session is the same for writing lab and "by appointment" sessions.

    • An appointment can be made at any time during the regular semester schedule. Your tutor will have 45 minutes set aside just for you.
    • The Writing Lab (ENGL 1115.01) is a series of regular appointments spread throughout the semester, usually with the same tutor, for which students earn 1 unit of credit for completing. Keep reading to learn how to sign up!

    All students can make their own appointments in WCONLINE, our scheduling system. Click the "Writing & Course Tutoring" link in myLMU to get started. 

  • You can view the Writing Center's tutoring availability and schedule your sessions with WCONLINE. Go to myLMU and click the "Writing & Course Tutoring" link. If it's your first time logging in, register an account. Then you'll see the schedule. Click the white, available space that works for you, fill in the appointment information, and save the appointment. Your saved appointments will appear yellow in the schedule. 

    If you need assistance, please call the ARC at 310.338.2847 or stop by Daum Hall, 2nd floor, to talk with the receptionist.

  • You may schedule up to two 45-minute sessions each week. We believe all writers benefit from setting aside time to talk with someone else about their writing. Simultaneously, an important goal of peer tutoring in the Writing Center is to help students become more confident, independent writers. If you believe you need additional support, contact our office at tutoring@lmu.edu. 

  • You and your tutor will meet one another, and then your tutor will ask you about your writing project and your concerns. Depending on where you are in the drafting process, you'll work on generating ideas, or your tutor may ask you to read your paper aloud. Next, the two of you will discuss your paper, and your tutor will then address your concerns, talk through possibilities for the project, and offer suggestions. If your paper is in its early stages, you might find yourselves working on its thesis, organization, development, or a variety of other issues. If it's in its final revision, sentence-level concerns, such as style or grammar, can be addressed. At the end of the session, your tutor will encourage you to come back if you feel the paper needs more work or if you want to bring in the next draft. We hope you make the ARC a regular part of your writing process for all your projects.

  • More information about the current or upcoming ENGL 1115.01 lab is available on the Writing Lab page.

    There are two steps to complete registration:

    1. Register on PROWL as you would any other class. If you are NOT registered on PROWL by the end of the first week, you must do the following:
      • Print a General Petition form.
      • Make an appointment with the Associate Director for the Writing Center by contacting the ARC. Bring your form to the appointment.
      • After receiving a signature, take the General Petition to your dean's office.
      • After receiving a signature from your Dean's Office, drop off the completed form at the Registrar's Office (VDA 150).
    2. Once you are registered in the class, set up your regular, ongoing sessions through WCONLINE (myLMU -> "Writing & Course Tutoring"), or call or come in to the ARC for assistance.

    Prepare to set your appointment by:

    • Reviewing your syllabi to determine when your drafts are commonly due; for example, drafts in your philosophy course may always be due on Mondays. We suggest setting your lab appointment one or two days before your regular draft deadlines.
    • Looking at your weekly schedule to ensure you are able to arrive on time and stay for the entire session.

    Writing lab appointments begin the third week of the semester, so you must have your appointments set by the end of the first week of classes.

  • You decide. We believe it would be worthwhile to have a full tutoring session. You can discuss research and documentation along with other concerns during your meeting. We also know you're busy.  That's why we offer the Writing LibGuide resource, which may help you answer your questions without a tutoring session.  If you need some quick information on thesis statements or APA formatting, for example, we've got you covered.

    You might also want to consider booking a research consultation with a Reference Librarian in Hannon Library. 

  • In a nutshell–no, proofreading papers isn't our main gig. BUT, we are happy to work with you to teach you strategies for identifying and intervening in your patterns of error in writing. The tutor may ask you to read your paper aloud, and they can point out frequent grammatical, mechanical, and stylistic issues, as well as explain methods for revising. The tutor will ask you to practice applying what you learned as you continue moving through the paper. If your paper is long, there probably won't be enough time to work through all of it in a single session. The emphasis at the ARC is on teaching you strategies to become a better writer. If you come a few days before the paper is due, we can better work our magic.

  • Writing tutors are graduate and undergraduate students at LMU who have a record of academic success and have demonstrated an affinity for working with others. Additionally, tutors participate in a program of ongoing tutor development that covers topics such as theories of writing and teaching writing, intercultural communications, language diversity, and writing and new media. 

Still have questions? Call us at 310-338-2847 or email us at tutoring@lmu.edu.