Academic Support

Academic Support Center, McCutchan Hall

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The Academic Support Center offers assistance for writing:

Writing Center Hours:

These services are provided in the lowest level of McCutchan Hall only during our hours of operation:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. These sessions only will be held in Andersen Library Room 2120

The Writing Center

Whether you are working on an essay, report, research paper, poem, short story, or resume, the Writing Center can help. Our staff of upper-level English-education, English-writing, and journalism majors is there to assist in the development of a client’s communication skills and scaffold the writing process at all its stages.

The Writing Center is located in Room 4 of McCutchan Hall.

To schedule a half-hour long, one-on-one appointment, either stop by our main office in Room 7 of McCutchan Hall or call 262-472-1230.

  • Appointments are made for 30-minute sessions during the hours of operation. No more than two sessions can be provided in a day to the same client; if there is availability, two back-to-back sessions can be requested, but the 2nd half hour of the back-to-back session may be given to another client once the daily schedule fills. Appointments are limited to four sessions in a week.
  • Walk-ins are welcome, but if you come in without an appointment, we can't guarantee that a tutor will be available.
  • Tutors are typically booked for a consultation two or three days in advance. During peak periods, such as the weeks leading up to final exams, the Writing Center may be fully booked as early as a week or two ahead of time. Students should make an appointment as far in advance as possible.
  • Please arrive promptly for your appointment and report to the main office, McCutchan Room 7, upon arrival, or call us at 262-472-1230 if you need to cancel. Due to the high number of students needing tutoring, we cannot facilitate late appointments. If you are not present within 5 minutes of the start time of your appointment, your appointment will be canceled and your time slot will be given to those waiting for walk-in.
  • Our "No-Show" policy is that after three missed appointments without canceling (or what we call "no-shows") you are prohibited from booking further appointments for the current term and can only utilize the service on a walk-in basis. Sessions may be canceled up to an hour prior to the scheduled session. Students who do not cancel in time and fail to appear for a session will be counted as a "no-show." We have this policy to try to ensure that all students needing help will be served.
  • We cannot guarantee that a tutor will be present when you arrive for your appointment, as it is possible that a tutor may be unavailable to report to work. When this happens, the appointment will have to be rescheduled for a later time or day, when an opening is available. When we know in advance that a tutor will not be reporting to work, if possible we will attempt to contact the affected clients beforehand and/or secure a replacement tutor (but there is no guarantee a replacement tutor will be available). In addition, due to scheduling issues, conflicting assignments, illness, and other reasons determined valid by the Director of Campus Tutorial Services, the availability of a specific writing tutor may vary greatly, so there is no guarantee that a specific writing tutor will be available for a given tutorial session, despite what may have been communicated by office staff prior to the session, and tutor substitutions may occur.

We Can Help You

  • Discover ideas before you start writing
  • Develop ideas while working on a draft
  • Write clearly and grammatically
  • Learn how to revise and edit a paper
  • Cite in MLA and APA style

This, however, is not an editing service where you just drop a paper off to be proofread.  For further explanation, see the Educational Philosophy section below.

To Help Us Help You

  • Stop by during each stage of your writing process: planning, composing, revising, and editing.
  • Come to the Writing Center with information about your assignment; if your instructor gave you an assignment sheet, please bring it along. Check with your professor if you have any questions about it.
  • You may consult us before you start writing to discuss ideas and readings that you will be writing about.
  • Do not wait until the last minute. Bring your working draft in early enough to allow ample time to revise and edit your work.

What Will This Cost You?

NOTHING. We will work with all University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students free of charge.

Services and Staff

The Writing Center offers support for all kinds of writing needs. Located in the lowest level of McCutchan Hall, its staff consists good writers and friendly critics who are eager to help you find ways to improve your writing.

How You Can Benefit From Using the Writing Center

Students who sought help in the Writing Center for the courses listed below averaged roughly a half-letter grade higher than their peers.

Academic Year Grade Point Average (4.0 scale) 
Group Utilizing Writing Center Average Final Grade
Grade Point Average (4.0 scale) 
Non-Attending  Group Average Final Grade
2013-2014 3.3 2.9
2012-2013 3.3 2.9

Educational Philosophy

Our first tenet is to emphasize the process of composition. Thoughtful reading of material, brainstorming for ideas and writing from a plan are essential preparations for a first draft. We also stress that such a draft is only the beginning of a revising process that culminates in a carefully edited and proofread paper. In brief, we discourage all forms of hasty and ill-considered work.Our second belief is that the responsibility for developing, rewriting and editing a paper remains at all times with the student. We do not proofread papers. Students cannot drop off their work and later pick it up corrected. On the contrary, they must make an active commitment to the tutor and the work at hand. Further, tutors do not go over the entire paper with students but selectively call attention to typical problems, suggest solutions, and leave the tutees with the responsibility for revising adequately.A third tenet concerns tutorial neutrality. While consulting with students about their writing assignments, tutors do not speculate about the grade a person might receive on a particular revision and do not discuss either the merits of the instructors' grading systems or the quality of their assignments. Finally, we believe that the Writing Center serves the entire university student community. Staff members not only assist individuals who want to improve their basic writing skills but also consult with undergraduates and graduate students who wish to refine their already developed style.For an online writer's handbook and other internet writing sites, go to

A Special Note to Faculty

A question often asked by faculty is, “I referred a student to the Writing Center, but I haven’t seen much improvement. Why is that?” In short, we strive to make better writers instead of better writing. In other words, the student you referred benefited from the experience of the tutorial, but that benefit may not be immediately reflected in his or her writing. While tutors provide suggestions and guidelines, the students may choose not to follow our advice. It’s also possible that we addressed an issue other than the one you had in mind, especially if the tutorial was close to the time their writing assignment was due.

Writing Center Staff 

While any of our writing center staff are available to help you with your work, we have listed their majors and minors, along with any previous majors or minors to best assist you. 

Aileen Molina

Major: Sociology

Alexa Frank

MSE-PD Higher Education Leadership
Major: Psychology
Minor: Communication

Alyssa Rohleder

Major: Elementary Education
Minor: Spanish and Bilingual Education

Aracelis Figueroa

MSE-PD Higher Education Leadership
 Exercise Science & Spanish

Blaise Arens

Major: English Education
Minor: Special Education

Brooke LaCrosse

Major: English Education
Minor: Creative Writing

Christine Panella

MSE-PD Higher Education Leadership (athletic emphasis)
Human Health and Performance
Minor: Sports Management

Claire Armetta

Major: English Literature

Emily Leclair

Major: Public Relations
Minor: Journalism

Emma Gorski

Major: Special Education

Erica Haglund

Majors: English Education and English
(Professional Writing and Publishing Emphasis)
Previous Minor: Public Relations

Grace Devine

Major: Journalism (Advertising Emphasis)

Hailey Miller

MSE-PD Higher Education Leadership
Minor:  Marketing

Haley Baltes

Major: Spanish Education
Minor: ESL Education

Jessica Ayres

Major: English Education
Minor: Special Education

Katherine Bishop

Major: IT
Minor: Spanish Education
Previous Major: Accounting, Finance

Jennifer Bradley

Major: Social Work
Minor:  Sociology

Jonathan Larson

Major: Accounting
Minor: Business Writing

Jordan Loesl

Major: Accounting
Minor: Business Writing

Jordan Myers

Major: Spanish Education
Minor: ESL

Lindsay Colwell

Major: Social Work
Minor:  Sociology

Margaret Angeli

Major: Biology (PreMed Emphasis)
Minors: Psychology and Chemistry
Previous Major: Special Education

Margaret Connelly

Major: English (Professional Writing
and Publishing Emphasis)

Matthew Sobczak

Major: English Education
Minor: Philosophy

Nana Maiga

Major: International Studies Major
with an Emphasis in Public Diplomacy 

Rebecca Karnopp

Major: English
Minor: English (Professional Writing
and Publishing Emphasis)

Sarah Isberner

Major: English (Professional Writing
and Publishing Emphasis)
Minors: Religious Studies and German

Wendy Spencer

Major: English Education
Minor: Special Education/Adaptive Licensure

Zachary Loesl

Major: Accounting
Minor: Business Writing

WALK-IN WRITING IN The Student Success Center, Located In ANDERSEN LIBRARY ROOM 2120

For Walk-In Writing, no appointment is necessary. However, preference will be given to those who make appointments by calling the Student Success Center at 262-472-1330. Top

6-8 pm

 Erica Haglund

6-9 pm

 Wendy Spencer


For graduate students enrolled in the MSE in Professional Development: Higher Education Leadership graduate program:· Alexa Frank works in the Writing Center from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Please call 262-472-1230 to schedule an appointment during that time.

Additional times may be available upon request. Please email Alexa at to schedule an appointment.

Cyber tutoring may also be available, where a draft can be emailed to Alexa, who then reviews and schedules an in-person follow-up.  Please email Alexa at to request cyber tutoring.  Note that the typical timeline for review is five days, so please no last-minute requests."

More graduate programs coming soon!



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Matthew Sobczak

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Rebekah Madia

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Sarah Isberner

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Wendy Spencer

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