Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I make an appointment?
It’s easy! Click here. Or drop by the Studio to see if a Consultant is available.
- May I get help with papers I write for classes other than English class?
Yes! We are a free, confidential resource for students to work on ANY writing, at ANY stage, from lab reports and applications to English essays and senior colloquium papers.
- How often may I make an appointment?
Undergraduates may schedule up to three appointments per week, and graduate students may schedule one appointment per week. You may also use the Writing Studio on a walk-in basis (if consultants are available), though you can never have more than one appointment in a day.
- Who can use the Writing Studio?
All HNU students.
- Will it cost me anything to make an appointment?
No. The university pays our consultants, so you don’t have to!
- What happens in an appointment?
You will meet one-to-one with a Writing Consultant to discuss your ideas and writing. Expect these sessions to be very interactive, as our consultants are trained to engage you in conversation about your writing—not to edit your work for you. Often, consultants will also suggest or initiate writing exercises and activities to help you with specific writing strategies. Appointments begin on the hour and last no more than 50 minutes.
- Can I email you my paper to look at before my appointment?
No. We only look at papers while you are here for your scheduled appointment.
- Does my appointment have to be class-related?
No. We’re here to help with all types of writing projects, including application essays, resumes, and your own creative writing.
- Who’s going to help me?
You’ll meet with trained Peer and Graduate Writing Consultants from many different disciplines. Learn more about the staff here.
- What should I bring to my appointment?
You should bring materials for your current writing project, whatever that may be. Many students bring in a draft of some sort, but it isn’t necessary; if you want to brainstorm, for example, you might just bring your assignment sheet, topic, or any notes that you have. Most importantly, though, you’ll need a willingness to discuss and revise your ideas and writing, as well as enough time after the appointment (and before the assignment is due) for more revision.
- Do I have to have a finished paper to make an appointment?
Not at all. We work with students at any stage of the writing process, so you can come in at any point—whether you’re brainstorming a topic, completing a draft, doing final revisions, or any point in between!
- Will my professor know I came to the Writing Studio?
We have a confidentiality policy that prohibits consultants and staff from sharing information about your use of the Writing Studio. However, if you make a written request, we will share with your professor that you had an appointment. We also encourage you to share your experience here in conversation with your instructors, classmates, and friends.
- Can I bring in a take-home exam for help?
If your instructor permits you to do so, we are happy to help with take-home exams. But remember, it is your responsibility to check with your instructor if you have questions about whether you may use the Writing Studio for particular assignments. If your Writing Consultant is unclear whether or not you have permission to receive assistance on your take-home exam, she or he may cancel the session until after verifying with your professor.