UW-Whitewater students tutorial services

Writing Tutoring

Fall 2019 Writing Center Hours

Mondays: 4pm-8pm

Tuesdays: 10am-5pm & 6pm-8pm

Wednesdays: 2pm-8pm

Thursdays: 10am-6pm

Fridays: 8am-3pm

The Writing Center

Whether you are working on an essay, report, research paper, poem, short story, or resume, the Writing Center can assist in the development of your communication skills and scaffold the writing process at all its stages.

The Writing Center is located in the Mary Poppe Chrisman Success Center.

To schedule a half-hour long, one-on-one appointment, either stop by our main office 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, 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 two hours prior to the scheduled session. Students who do not cancel in time (two hours before the session) or 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.

Below find links for multiple options for tutoring.

Supplemental Instruction/In-Class Tutoring

Interactive Style and Grammar Websites

The Learning Center's Online Writing Lab

  • Subject -verb agreement
  • Pronoun-antecedent agreement
  • Clauses

Towson University Online Writing Support Exercises

  • Punctuation (apostrophes, commas, semicolons, quotation marks)
  • Sentence structure (avoiding fragments, avoiding comma splices, active-passive voice)
  • Usage (irregular verbs, subject-verb agreement, pronouns, verb tense, modifiers)
  • Parallelism
  • Commonly confused words
  • Parts of Speech
  • Phrases (Prepositional phrase, gerunds, infinitives)
  • Clauses (dependent, adverbial, adjectival, nominal)
  • ESL (irregular verbs, tenses, prepositions, idioms)
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Plagiarism information
  • Capitalization
  • Abbreviations

Activities for ESL Students

  • Articles
  • Conjunctions
  • Prepositions
  • Sentence structure
  • Tag questions
  • Verbs
  • Word choice
  • Pronouns
  • Subject-verb agreement

English Page

  • Free online English lessons and ESL / EFL resources

Purdue Online Writing Lab

  • Interactive Website: grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, sentence style, paraphrasing and writing numbers

UW-Madison Writer's Handbook

  • Grammar and Punctuation: dashes, commas, semicolons, coordinating conjunctions, conjunctive adverbs, and subject-verb agreement
  • Information on Common Writing Assignments: literary papers, proposals, research papers, reviews, and scientific reports)
  • Citations: MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, quoting and paraphrasing sources, and numbering references
  • Stages of Writing: reading material to review, creating a thesis statement, and proofreading

 "The Top Twenty: A Quick Guide to Troubleshooting your Writing"

  • Word choice
  • Commas
  • Vague pronoun reference
  • Spelling (homonyms)
  • Quotations
  • Capitalization
  • Sentence fragments

UNC at Chapel Hill Writing Center

  • Citations
  • Writing the paper: flow, paragraph development, transitions, and thesis.
  • Style
  • Tips on Writing for Specific Fields: business, research, science, etc.

Grammar Now!

After clicking the link, click on "Grammar & Writing Resources" on the top tab

  • ML and APA Citations
  • Grammar: guide to grammar and writing, English grammar rules, modern English grammar and prepositions
  • Writing: Eleven rules to writing, Top 50 proofreading tips and writing a research paper

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

  • Confusing words
  • Punctuation rules

St. Norbert College Writing Center

  • Writing Process Handout: thesis, introduction, topic sentences, transitions, quotes and conclusion

Chomp, Chomp, Grammar Bytes!

  • Grammar: commas, lie vs. lay, irregular verbs, fragments, comma splices, etc.


Purdue Online Writing Lab: MLA Formatting and Style Guide

  • Proper MLA citations: works cited page, in text citation, endnotes and footnotes, sample papers with proper citations and formatting

Purdue Online Writing Lab: APA Formatting and Style Guide

  • Proper APA citations: works cited page, in text citation, endnotes and footnotes, sample papers with proper citations and formatting

Assignment Sourcebook for Writing Teachers

  • Plagiarism exercises: identifying when something was plagiarized vs. paraphrased

Easy Bib

  • Free bibliography maker for MLA, APA & Chicago style citations

Online Writing Lab: American Sociological Association (ASA)

  • Proper ASA citations: in-text, paraphrasing, summarizing, quoting and reference page


Oxford English Dictionary

  • Online Dictionary

Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus Online

  • Online Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Medical and Spanish-English

English as a Second Language

The Internet TESL Journal: Activities for ESL Students

  • Articles
  • Conjunctions
  • Prepositions
  • Sentence structure
  • Tag questions
  • Verbs
  • Word choice
  • Pronouns
  • Subject-verb agreement

English Page

  • Free online English lessons and ESL / EFL resources

Purdue University ESL Resources

  • Cultural Introduction
  • Tips for Writing
  • Sentence Structure
  • Prepositions
  • Pronouns
  • Punctuation
  • Paraphrasing

ESL, Ron-Chang Li

  • Pronunciation
  • Listening and Speaking
  • Reading
  • Dictionary
  • Grammar
  • Idioms
  • Writing

At the Writing Center, we offer multiple ways to help you with your writing. These include helping 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

Academic YearGrade 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

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 www.wisc.edu/writing.

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.

Below are the tutors that you can work with in our Writing Center! 

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

Fall 2019 Writing Center Hours

Mondays: 4pm-8pm

Tuesdays: 10am-5pm & 6pm-8pm

Wednesdays: 2pm-8pm

Thursdays: 10am-6pm

Fridays: 8am-3pm

Please call us (262)472-1230, email us (Tutorctr@uww.edu), or walk in to the Student Success Center to schedule a 30 minute or hour appointment with one of our writing tutors!

Alexa RosenzweigAlexa Rosenzweig

Major: Elementary Education

Minor: Adaptive Education Licensure

Aubrey Fochs  Aubrey Fochs

Major: English (Professional Writing and Publishing Emphasis)

Minor: Race and Ethnic Studies

Minor: World Religions

Sabrina Dubbert  Sabrina Dubbert

Major: English

Minor: Music

Minor: Professional Writing and Book Publishing

  Bailey McDonald

Major: English (Education Emphasis)

Elizabeth Liska  Elizabeth Liska

Major: English

Minor: History Education

  Hannah MaesHannah Maes

Major: Entrepreneurship

Major:International Business 

Minor: French

Privious Minor: English


  Emma Kroeger

Major: Communication Science and Disorders

Minor: Creative Writing 

Previous M ajor:English 

Staci Hasler  Staci Hasler

Graduate Degree: Counseling (Clinical Mental Health Emphasis)

Undergraduate Major: Psychology

Undergraduate Minor: Criminology