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1. Do I have to make an appointment?

While students are always welcome to check tutor availability for the same day, most tutoring sessions are by appointment. We recommend that you plan ahead, when possible, to ensure that we have an appointment available for you. See the main page for the Writing Center for our hours.

2. How do I make an appointment?

Just call 518-454-5299 or stop by the front desk of the Academic Success Center (on the second floor of Saint Joseph Hall). Online appointments are available upon request.

3. How long is a tutoring session?

Students may sign up for 30 or 60 minute tutoring sessions (one appointment per day, up to three appointments per week).

4. What should I bring with me to my appointment?

  • Two printed copies of anything you’ve written
  • The assignment guidelines (sometimes known as the prompt)
  • Any relevant notes, drafts, sources, or instructor comments

5. What if I have to cancel an appointment?

Call us at 518-454-5299 if you are going to be late or unable to keep your appointment. Any student who misses three appointments in a semester, without calling, will need to meet with the Director before being given another appointment.

6. Can I just drop my paper off so it can be corrected?

No. We are not a drop-off proofreading or editing service. Our goal is to help you to become a stronger writer, something that will support your success with future writing, and one of the best ways to develop writing skills is in a one-on-one tutorial session.

7. Will I get an “A” on my paper after visiting the Writing Center?

Writing is a skill that takes time to develop and refine. We cannot guarantee that you will receive a particular grade on a paper, but working with our tutors will help you to strengthen your writing skills.

8. Is the Writing Center only for English majors?

No. The Writing Center tutors work with Saint Rose students in all majors, from first-year through graduate classes.

9. Is the Writing Center free?

Yes. The Writing Center is free-of-charge for all registered Saint Rose students.

10. My professor asked me to go to the Writing Center. I want to show that I did, so can a tutor sign my paper?

Please ask the tutor for a stamp to show to your Professor..

11. My paper topic is personal, and I’m concerned that a tutor might share information about me.

All tutors sign a Statement of Confidentiality, and the contents of your work are kept confidential. Professors may, however, inquire about whether a student attended a Writing Center session.