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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Writing Center only for struggling writers?

No. All writers need readers for their work! The Writing Center is open to any Boise State student, faculty, or staff member.

What kind of papers can I bring in?

Any paper can be brought in for consultation. Writing assignments, resumes, personal statements, scholarship applications, lab reports, and fiction are all acceptable.

Can the Writing Center proofread my paper?

One of our primary goals at the Boise State Writing Center is to provide an active working environment where both the consultant and writer engage in a conversation about writing. We serve not as editors, but as careful, interested readers. As readers, we ask questions about the paper, discuss suggestions for revision, talk about mechanics, and help identify errors. We can also help develop strategies for proofreading papers. In short, we work with you—not for you.

How do I make an appointment?

You can schedule an appointment by accessing the online scheduler, or by calling 208–426–1298, or by visiting the Writing Center in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 200.

What should I bring with me to my consultation session?

Depending on what you want to accomplish—a draft, assignment, or notes can be helpful to bring to a consultation session. Ideally, consultants prefer having a printed copy of your draft from which to work, but we have computers available at each station.

How long is a consultation session?

Students can make 30 minute or 1 hour consultations. For 3–4 pages, we usually recommend booking thirty minutes. For longer papers, 5–8 pages, we recommend an hour-long booking.

What can I do if I am not on campus during the Writing Center hours?

You can send your draft for an email consultation. An email consultation is when you receive written comments on paper via an email. The response time is usually 2–3 business days. For more information about this service, please click the following link: email consultation page.

Can I just walk in for an appointment?

We can consult with a writer who walks in if there is an opening in the schedule. Keep in mind that during midterms and finals the Writing Center is very busy, and we suggest setting up an appointment instead of walking-in.

Can I drop off my paper?

We do not accept papers dropped off for comments/edits, but you can submit your paper for an email consultation. An email consultation is when you receive feedback via email instead of an in-person session. This usually takes 2–3 business days. For more information or to submit your paper, please visit the email consultation FAQ page.

What are my options if I have a group paper?

If you are writing as part of a group, ask us about scheduling a group conference.

Does a consultation ensure that I will get an A on my paper?

A consultation does not ensure the grade of a paper. In a consultation, we can talk about how well a paper seems to address the criteria of an assignment, about certain organizational strategies and sentence structures that are common to many disciplines, and how to proceed with the paper. We can’t predict or guarantee that you will receive a certain grade.

Can a consultant evaluate or grade my paper?

We do not evaluate or grade papers. We are trained student consultants, who prompt thinking and guide understanding to help writers meet the criteria of a given assignment.

Can I stay in the Writing Center before or after my appointment, so that I can complete my assignment?

Because of the limited space of the Writing Center, we ask that you utilize the Library and Computer Lab facilities to work on an assignment.

Can I use the Writing Center computers to print or work on my paper?

Our computers are reserved for consultation purposes only, but you are free to use the computer labs on campus. Find the location of computer labs.

Is there a limit on how many times I can come to the Writing Center?

We ask that you limit your visits to 1–2 appointments a week. If you’d like to have a weekly meeting with a consultant, we would be happy to arrange that.

What if I have a question or concern that is not addressed here?

Email or call us during open hours, or you can can contact the director, Melissa Keith, at melissakeith@boisestate.edu.

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