WAC: Frequently Asked Questions

What services does WAC offer?

WAC provides student with the opportunity to meet with trained writing tutors to discuss individual writing concerns. This is a place for the student as an artist/writer to work on his/her art. By discussing the work-in-progress with a trained tutor, the student will better be able to move toward developing the awareness and skills that will enable him/her to improve as a writer.

WAC serves Loyola students and faculty in several ways:

  • Free tutoring in the WAC Writing Center (MA 112) and in other locations on campus
  • Access to word processing and Internet
  • Electronic writing classrooms
  • Full-class tutoring services
  • Workshops in writing, grammar, documentation, and research
  • Writing resource library
  • Opportunities for student internships
  • Faculty "idea-exchanges"
  • Online tutoring

What types of writing samples can I bring to a tutoring session?
WAC Tutors are there to guide you along any part of the writing process. We welcome you to bring ideas/questions, notes/outlines, rough drafts, finished drafts on any subject. Also keep in mind that it is very helpful to the WAC Tutors that you bring your teacher's directions/handouts, your textbook(s)/handout(s), and your notes about the assignment.

Do I need to make an appointment?

The short answer is no. Come to our center during our regular business hours and someone will assist you. However, if you have a paper over twelve pages, contact Nancy Rowe at 865-2271 to set up a tutoring session. For longer papers, please allow one business day to arrange for this service.

How do I make the most of my tutoring session?

Always bring as much information about your paper as possible. Bring your assignment sheet from your professor and any graded or ungraded drafts. If you have a graded draft, its always best to try revising your paper before you bring it in to a tutor (but be sure to bring both your graded paper and your revision). If you are still in the brainstorming process, bring your assignment and a willingness to get some of your ideas down on paper. The more involved you are in the process, the better your experience will be.

What if I just have a quick question?

You can ask a quick question right here on WAC’s homepage through Meebo. Just type in your question and one of our tutors will answer your question within minutes. This service, however, is only available during our regular business hours when you see the green light in the Meebo box.

We also suggest you try finding an answer to your question on one of the links listed under Writing Help from our web page. Most often, you will find that a little extra research will avoid the trip. If you are unable to find what you need there, you are welcome to call the WAC Lab at (504)865-2297.

I'm a distance learner, can I still get WAC help?

Yes, we're happy to help students who cannot access our services on campus. Simply go to distance learning on our web page and fill out the information form. You should allow 2-3 business days for a response.

I live on campus. Can I still submit online?

Students living on campus or who attend classes on campus should visit the WAC center for a one-on-one tutoring session. WAC does not encourage online submissions for on-campus students. If you have extenuating circumstances that prevent you from coming in to the center, contact Nancy Rowe at nprowe at loyno.edu or call 865-2271.

How can WAC help you?

WAC tutors are available daily to assist you with writing assignments. WAC Tutors also provide tutoring aimed at helping you recognize personal strengths and weaknesses in your writing so that you can begin to spot errors and correct them. Tutors are trained to help with:

  • clarity of writing
  • thesis statements
  • development
  • organization
  • paragraphing
  • sentence structure
  • grammar
  • word processing
  •  citing
  •  creating web pages/brochures
  • online research
  •  online documentation

Tutors not only assist students in the writing centers but also help distance learners in Loyola's Off-Campus Learning Program (OCLP) and Loyola's Institute of Ministry Extension Program (LIMEX) via phone, fax, and email.

What qualifies WAC tutors?

WAC Tutors are undergraduates trained to assist others in all phases of the writing process, from planning and pre-writing to revision and editing. WAC tutors are selected on the basis of academic performance and demonstrated writing ability. Each tutor has participated in a semester-long training program focusing on composition theory, effective tutorial practice, and writing conventions of different styles. WAC employs approximately 20-25 tutors each year.

I’m a good writer, why would I go to the Writing Center?

You need to go to the Writing Center because that is where writers go!  One misconception about the Writing Center is that it is a place for bad writers; however, the truth is that all writers benefit from another pair of eyes.  Good writers discuss their work and ask others for feedback.  Even if you have good writing skills, remember that your writing can always be made better, and we’re here to help with that.

One of the links on the website is broken, who do I report it to?

If you come across a broken link or experience any problems or malfunctions on the website, please call us at (504) 865-2297.

What if I still need more information?

If you have any other questions, please call us at (504) 865-2297.