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All Chapman University students - from first year to graduate level - are welcome to meet with Writing Center tutors, who can help you with any part of the writing process, from understanding the assignment and finding a significant topic to editing your final drafts.

There is no digital tutoring over the summer. A tutor is available to meet in the Writing Center on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the summer sessions.

The Writing Center is located with the Tutoring, Learning and Testing Center in DeMille Hall. 

To guarantee time with a tutor, call (714) 997-6828 or email tutor@chapman.edu to schedule an appointment. Appointments begin either on the hour or on the half hour, for example, at 9 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. You may also stop by the tutoring center without an appointment. Tutors who have no appointments will be happy to work with you. 

You may also submit your work online for a tutor's response. Please click on the online tutoring form.

For more information and answers to commonly asked questions, visit our FAQ page.

+-Preparing for a Visit

When possible, make an appointment well in advance of your paper's due date. This will give you plenty of time to revise your paper in response to your session with the tutor. You may also choose to come to the center before you have your first draft.

Bring:

  • A copy of your course syllabus
  • A copy of your assignment
  • A copy of your paper draft (if applicable)

Most sessions are similarly structured.  You will probably spend time in your session:

  • Setting your own goals. If possible, determine your goals before your visit. Do you want help with your thesis statement? Are you concerned about run-on sentence? Do you want to brainstorm ideas? Are particular parts of your paper not working? The more specific your request for help, the more focused and productive your Writing Center session will be. 
  • Describing the assignment and your professor's expectations. This is why it's always a good idea to bring the assignment sheet and the course syllabus! Remember, your tutor cannot attend every class from every professor on campus; your preparation will help the tutor ascertain what the professor may be looking for in your paper.
  • Explaining to your tutor what you intend to communicate in your paper. The tutor will ask questions to help clarify your thoughts and determine the best way to express them. 
  • Listening to the tutor's comments and suggestion about your paper. The tutor will provide feedback on what seems successful in your paper and what might benefit from more work.
  • Writing notes on your draft. Although the tutors will offer suggestions and feedback, it is up to you to decide which comments to use and which to ignore. Tutors may take some notes with their questions and suggestions, but you will do the majority of the writing.
  • Editing and correcting errors on your draft. Again, you will do this with the help of the tutor, who will notice patterns of error and teach you the necessary tools to correct them.
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