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13 things you may not know about the writing center


UIC Writing Center

105 Grant Hall
9 a.m.­–5 p.m. Mon., Wed.
9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Tues., Thurs.
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Fri.


#13) Any writing

You can make an appointment to discuss any piece of writing — even if it isn’t school-related. Whether it’s a résumé, personal statement, grad school application, blog post for a student organization or a creative piece you’re working on during your free time, you can benefit greatly from talking it over with a peer.


#12) All majors

All tutors are UIC students majoring in different fields. You can schedule an appointment with a tutor from a particular major. Sometimes, however, it’s helpful to work with someone who is not familiar with your area of expertise so you can get a different perspective on your writing.


#11) A fresh perspective

At the Writing Center, tutors like to read writing out loud during our individual sessions. If you feel uncomfortable reading your work out loud, your peer can take the lead. It’s often nice to hear your own words through someone else’s voice because it gives you a different take on your work.


#10) Best to make an appointment

The Writing Center is appointment-based. If you can’t make an appointment, you can stop by but sessions aren’t guaranteed.


#9) Come in to get started

If you’re having trouble beginning an assignment and would like to brainstorm ideas, you can talk to a peer to create a rough outline. You don’t need a finished draft to visit.


#8) We tutor online

Can’t make the commute to campus? Chat with a tutor online.


Tutors and students in the Writing Center

All Writing Center tutors are UIC students, majoring in different fields. Photo: Max Herman


#7) Bring a friend

If you and a friend are working on a similar writing task, you can attend a session together. Talking over the task as a group may help you generate more ideas.


#6) Come to write

Computers and printers are available if you need a space to work. Hang around to work and bounce some ideas off of fellow peers and writers.


#5) All welcome

You don’t have to be a UIC student to make an appointment. The center is also open to the general public.


#4) Take a handout

The Writing Center has grammar and citation handbooks and handouts, guides for writing for different disciplines and genres, as well as dictionary and style guides.


#3) Warm a meal

The center has a microwave and fridge if you need a space to heat or store your lunch.


#2) Real plants

All plants are very much alive. They are so well taken care of that some people mistake them for artificial.


#1) Couch

The Writing Center has one of the most comfortable couches on campus, although, I’ll admit this may be a biased statement. If you’re lucky, the center might not be too crowded and you may even be able to squeeze in a nap between classes.


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