Below are some of our most frequently asked questions.  

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Who Can Come to the WRT Zone?

All WSU students are welcome at the WRT Zone. Also, students with papers from all disciplines may use the WRT Zone. Though the tutors may not be science majors or philosophers, they will be good readers who can discuss issues of focus, organization, development, and tone in your paper. As the writer, you bring the textual knowledge, but the tutors can help you sort your ideas out.


Will I have to Pay Extra for the Tutoring?

No.  Tutoring services are free for WSU students and faculty.


Do I have to Make an Appointment?

Yes and No. It is best to make an appointment, 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. To schedule an appointment, you can call us at 313-577-2544, come in, or schedule online at


Who are the Tutors at the WRT Zone?

We have both undergraduate and graduate tutors working at the WRT Zone.  Our tutors are 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 desire to continue to improve those skills by working with other writers---those 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.

When Should I Come to the WRT Zone?

You can visit the WRT Zone at any stage in the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, revising. You do not have to have a “finished” paper to seek help. The WRT Zone should be a place where vibrant discussions about ideas lead to papers that are more focused, better organized, more fully developed, and discipline and tone appropriate. So, stopping by the WRT Zone at any point in your paper writing process is fine.  In fact, we find that when students come at the very beginning of their writing process, they are more successful.

What Writing Support Does the WRT Zone Offer?

The WRT Zone offers you one-on-one help while you are writing your papers. Though there are a couple of computers available in the center, it is not a computer lab. You are welcome to use these computers while you are working with your tutor.  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 and the library have handbooks available for referencing basic grammatical, mechanical structures, and formatting structure. 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, however, will 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.

What is the Purpose of a Writing Center?

Stephen North, a writing specialist, noted, “[I]n a writing center the object is to make sure that writers, and not necessarily their texts, are what get changed”; he claimed that the purpose of the writing center is “to produce better writers, not better writing.” That may appear paradoxical, but it’s not: good writers will produce good writing. His key point is that writers need to learn how to be good writers and that process comes from working on many papers, not just through the single paper brought to the writing center. The WRT Zone, then, seeks to make students better writers by helping them with their written work.

What Will Happen During a Tutoring Session?

Our tutors will review any information you provided when you scheduled your appointment. If you bring in a draft, you will be asked about your assignment, your focus, your ideas, your concerns. You will 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 will 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 and your ideas for the assignment. The tutor will also suggest some ways of getting started.  If you actively participate in the session, you will gain more from your session. When you’re 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. The form allows us to track your sessions and your writing needs. 

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

Tutoring sessions run up to 50 minutes and start every hour on the hour. You need to be in the writing center within 15 minutes of the hour in order to keep an appointment (or specify when you make it that you will be late). After this time period has lapsed, we begin taking walk-ins.

My paper is not for a composition course. Can I still see a 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.

Can I get help with an exam or test?  

No.  If the writing is any way related to tests or exams, 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. 

Can I bring in a paper that is not my own, you know, like my girlfriend's paper? 

 No.  We will only work with student's own papers.  To work on a paper that has not been written by the student would be constituted as plagiarism.  

Can I bring in writing that is not related to my classes?  

Yes and No.  We will work on personal statements and other materials related to academic writing.  We will not work on writing that is not academically situated such as complaint letters, personal writing, etc. 





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