Below are some of our most frequently asked questions.

If you have a question that we have not answered here, give us a call at 313-577-2544 or email us at

1. Who Can Come to the WRT Zone?


All WSU students, regardless of their discipline are welcome at the WRT Zone. While tutors may not be science majors or philosophers, they will be good readers who can discuss issues of focus, organization, development, and the tone in your paper. As the writer, you bring the textual knowledge, but the tutors can help you sort your ideas out, follow formatting guidelines, and bolster generally positive writing habits.


2. Will I have to Pay Extra for Services?

No. All of the writing, research and technology services are free for WSU students and faculty.


3. Do I have to Make an Appointment?

Yes and No. It is best to make an appointment for writing support, but it is not necessary. Making an appointment is always helpful, especially when it is later on in the semester. Walk-ins are served on a first-come-first-served basis and there are only two available a day. You are much more likely to receive an appointment if you schedule one. To schedule an appointment, you can call us at 313-577-2544, come in, or schedule online.


4. Who are the Writing Tutors at the WRT Zone?

We have both undergraduate and graduate tutors working at the WRT Zone. Our tutors come from different disciplines at WSU, but are trained as writing tutors and have varying levels of disciplinary knowledge. Our peer tutors work at the WRT Zone because they have strong writing skills and a desire to continue to improve those skills by working with other writers – the writers visiting the Writing Center! Please make sure to indicate if you are a graduate student or if you have a particular disciplinary writing need so that we can place you with a tutor who is best able to help you.


5. When Should I Come to the WRT Zone?

You can visit the WRT Zone at any stage in the writing process. You do not have to have a “finished” paper to seek help. The WRT Zone is a place where students can receive support at any stage in their writing and researching process, as well as assistance with their technology needs.


6. What Writing Support Does the WRT Zone Offer?

On a very basic level, every writer needs a reader – a good reader, not someone who will simply put a comma somewhere or correct an annotation. The WRT Zone offers you this help while you are writing your papers. Our tutors will not ‘fix’ or ‘edit’ your papers. Rather, they will equip you with the skills necessary to edit papers on your own. Though there are a couple of computers available in the center, it is not a computer lab – these computers are meant to be used while you are working with your tutor.


The WRT Zone and the library have handbooks available for referencing basic grammatical, mechanical, and formatting structures. We also provide disciplinary-specific writing support for undergraduate and graduate students. While we will work with you on all forms of academic communication, WRT Zone tutors will not write your paper for you, nor they will not edit and correct your paper. They will, however, help you to deal with the larger cognitive issues of paper writing: focus, organization, development, and tone. They want you to understand that writing is a process. Through writing, you intellectually engage in a discussion about the subject matter that you are studying and learn the writing conventions necessary for your course and discipline.

Ultimately, the WRT Zone should be a place where vibrant discussions about ideas lead to papers that are more focused, better organized, more fully developed, disciplined, and tone appropriate. So, stopping by the WRT Zone at any point in your paper writing process is fine, however, we find that when students come at the very beginning of their writing process, they are more successful.


7. What Will Happen During a Writing Session?

Our tutors can only review information you provide for your appointment. If you bring in a draft, you will be asked about your assignment, your focus, your ideas, and your concerns. You may also be asked to read your paper out loud to the tutor. Reading the paper out loud will help you to stay actively involved and allow you to control the direction of the tutorial conversation. As you read, the tutor will listen and take some notes. After reading the paper, you and the tutor will discuss your concerns, as well as the notes that the tutor has taken. If you do not have a draft, you will discuss your assignment with the tutor along with your ideas for the assignment. The tutor will also suggest some ways of getting started. If you actively participate, you will gain more from your session. Upon leaving, always have a goal about what you will work on next. The tutors will complete an online report about your tutoring session. In it, they will record your visit and the issues covered during it. This form allows us to track your sessions and your writing needs.


8. How long are sessions? What happens if I am late?

It depends on what type of support you are requesting.

Writing tutoring sessions run up to 50 minutes and start every hour on the hour. You will need to be in the Writing Center within 15 minutes of of your appointment start time in order to keep an appointment (or call us at 313-577-2544 in order to clarify that you will be late and state when you will be in). After this time period has lapsed, we will cancel your appointment and begin taking walk-ins.

One-on-one Technology sessions are made by contacting the technology department by filling out this FORM

One-on-one Research sessions are made by contacting a librarian by filling out this FORM.


9. My paper is not for a composition course. Can I still see a writing tutor?

Yes! While we may not be able to get into the specifics of your discipline, the peer tutors can assist students working in a wide range of disciplines with the structure of argument, analysis, and description. We can help with any writing assignment that is from a WSU course, including assisting creative writers and students in technical writing courses.


10. Can I get help with an exam or test?

Not if the request is for an exam or test that does not allow outside guidance. If the writing, research, or technology is any way related to tests or exams that are meant to be completed individually and without any outside support, we cannot work with you on the assignment. To do so would be a break of the Student Code of Conduct and would be defined as cheating.  Per WSU's code of conduct, cheating is defined as:  "Intentionally using or attempting to use or intentionally providing unauthorized materials, information or assistance in any academic exercise. This includes copying from another student's test paper, allowing another student to copy from your test, using unauthorized material during an exam and submitting a term paper for a current class that has been submitted in a past class without appropriate permission."


11. Can I bring in an assignment that is not my own, you know, like my girlfriend's assignment?

No. We will only work with students on their own work. To work on an assignment that is not the student's own would be constituted as plagiarism.


12. Can I bring in a project or writing that is not related to my classes?

Yes and No. Research and Technology support is specific to WSU course assignments and projects. However, writing support can be provided to students working on personal statements and other materials related to academic writing. However, the writing tutors will not work on writing that is not academically situated such as complaint letters, personal writing, etc.

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