Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I go to the Writing Studio?
At the Writing Studio, tutors will work with you one-on-one at whatever stage of writing you are in – the idea-development stage, the drafting stage, the revision stage, or any stage in-between – and can help you with writing issues such as how to choose an appropriate topic, how to develop a thesis statement and paragraphs, and how to revise your essay for clarity.
Do I need to make an appointment or can I just walk in?
You may go online for an appointment (www.writingstudio.gsu.edu) or you may walk in without an appointment, if there is an available tutor. We encourage you to make appointments online.
What should I do to prepare for a tutoring session?
It is a good idea to have a copy of the assignment sheet, so you can give the tutor you’re working with an idea of what requirements your project is expected to fulfill. Also, having an idea of the kind of feedback you would like on your work (e.g. thesis, clarity, organization), will help you and the tutor create a set of goals for the session and for further revision.
How long is a tutorial session? How often may I come to the Studio?
Undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in one 25-minute session on each day that the Writing Studio is open, and graduate students have the opportunity to participate in one 55-minute session on each day that the Writing Studio is open.
Who are the tutors?
Most of the tutors are graduate students in Georgia State’s Department of English focusing their studies on rhetoric and composition, literary studies, or creative writing. Many of the tutors also teach English 1101, 1102, and Business Writing. Additionally, we have tutors from the Writing Across the Curriculum program who are graduate students in departments such as History, Criminal Justice, Economics, and Political Science. We also have a number of undergraduate tutors. To get a better sense of who the tutors are, you can also read their bios when making an appointment on the Writing Studio website.
What should I expect from a tutoring session?
We emphasize writing as an art– an art that students learn through conversation and practice within a community of writers and readers. So, you should expect to have a conversation with a tutor about your writing.
What do I do if I arrive late to a session?
Students are given a 5-minute grace period when arriving to their sessions. If students arrive to their sessions beyond that 5-minute grace period and there is another student waiting, we will cancel your appointment to take the waiting student.
I heard somewhere that the Writing Studio also does tutoring online. What does that mean?
This means that we now offer online chat sessions, which we call Write/Chat, in addition to the face-to-face sessions held in the Writing Studio.
For more information on the chat sessions: Click here.