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Frequently Asked Questions


Will a tutor correct/proofread my paper for me?

The tutor’s primary responsibility is to teach and give advice. Tutors are not allowed to simply take your paper from you, make edits, and give it back. Instead, they will work with you to identify and discuss errors, teaching you conventions and principles of correct writing. You will learn strategies for proofreading, and how to find and correct the errors in your paper.

How should I prepare for my tutorial?

It is best for you to come to your tutoring appointment with a printed copy of your paper. You should also have specific questions or concerns about your paper that you feel should be addressed.

Do I need an appointment?

No. However, in order to guarantee that you will be able to see a tutor, it is best to make an appointment. Sometimes the Center is very busy so it does not hurt to make your appointment a day or two in advance.

How many appointments per week can I make at the Reading/Writing Center?

You may schedule two appointments per week, but these appointments cannot be scheduled on the same day. However, you are welcome to walk in and work with a tutor at any time as long as someone is free. This is called a “walk-in tutorial” and is not considered one of the two scheduled appointments. If there are no tutors available, you can ask to be placed on the waitlist and a tutor will see you as soon as one becomes available. If you have a walk-in tutorial, you may not have another until at least one hour after your tutorial is over.

What happens if I am late for my appointment?

If you are more than five minutes late, your appointment will be given to any student who may be waiting. At busy times, there is often a waitlist so it is important that you are on time. As a courtesy, if you know you cannot keep an appointment or you will be delayed, please call (808) 293-3629 and let the receptionist know.

How long are tutorials sessions?

Tutorial sessions range from 15-30 minutes.

Will my teacher know if I have seen a tutor at the Reading Writing Center?

Yes. Students are asked to fill out a tutorial slip with their name, date, and class. These slips are sent to the respective instructors and professors. These slips are also used for statistical purposes. A student desiring privacy can request that an instructor not be told of a tutorial or the specific content of a tutorial.

Can I use the computers and print papers at the Reading/Writing Center?

Yes. The Reading/Writing Center is an open computer lab. There are thirteen computers in the main room of the Center. Printing is also available at the Center. Please note that the employees at the RWC are hired as writing tutors and not computer technicians. They are not trained to troubleshoot or deal with complicated computer matters, but will do their best to see that your needs are met.

What happens if I miss my appointment?

If you do not show up within 10 minutes, your appointment will be recorded as MISSED. After 3 missed appointments, you will not be allowed to schedule appointments for the rest of the semester. You will need to use the wait list. Your appointment will not be counted against you if you CALL or EMAIL at least 1 hour before your scheduled time. Our appointment slots are reserved for students who are willing to utilize them.