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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Graduate Writing Center?

The GWC is on the 3rd floor of Weeks Hall, at the corner of Broadway and University. We can be accessed by using the black double doors on the southeast side of the building or using the accessible entrance on the northeast corner of the building (closer to the TTU seal).

When are you open?

During the fall and spring semesters, we are open for consultations 

Monday – Thursday: 10 AM – 8 PM*

Friday: 10 AM – 3 PM

Sundays: 3 PM - 5 PM*

*The 7 PM appointments and all Sunday hours offer written feedback appointments only.

Summer hours vary.

The GWC is closed on student/TTU-observed holidays and breaks.

Making Appointments

How do I make an appointment?

Visit uwc.ttu.edu and click on the Graduate Writing Center. From there, click the “Schedule an Appointment” button. If this is your first time using the Writing Center, you will need to create a profile. Once you are in the schedule, click on the day and time you would like to have an appointment. The white boxes indicate available appointments; the light blue boxes are appointments scheduled by other students, and dark blue boxes indicate when a consultant is not available.

Appointments are 50 minutes long. You can choose face-to-face (the default option) or online. If you are having trouble with the system, call 806.742.2476 ext. 1 for help.

How many appointments can I have?

You can schedule one (1) appointment a day and up to three (3) a week. There are a limited number of appointments available each day. These are first scheduled, first served. Walk-ins are available as space allows.

Can I get an online appointment?

To schedule an online, synchronous appointment, select the radio button next to “Yes. Schedule Online appointment.” in the designated box when filling out the appointment form.

These online appointments are in real time (synchronous). They work best with the Chrome browser. You will need to give the browser permission to access your microphone and camera (if a camera is available).

Screenshot of appointment scheduler showing default selection of face-to-face appointment with arrow pointing to the "Yes. Schedule Online appointment" option.

Do you take drop-ins?

We do serve drop-ins. However, priority is given to people who scheduled an appointment. If you are having trouble with our online scheduler, give us a call or stop by, and one of our student assistants will walk you through the process.

Click here to schedule an appointment at the Graduate Writing Center.

Our phone number is 806.742.2476 ext. 1.

Is there a waitlist?

Yes! If all appointments for a particular day are taken, the words "Join the Waitlist" will appear at the bottom right of that day's schedule. Click "Join the Waitlist" to get notified if a slot opens for that day. The waitlist will not appear if there are appointments open for that day.

Will you notify my instructor that I came to the writing center?

Students have the option to have their instructors notified about their appointments with the Writing Centers of TTU. If you want your instructor notified, please provide the instructor's TTU email address when filling out the appointment form.

Usually, notifications are sent on Mondays. Instructors are only  notified of students' names, not what was discussed during the consultation.

I am a student at TTU Health Sciences Center. Can I use the Graduate Writing Center?

The GWC is specific to the TTU Main campus and satellite campuses. You can make an appointment at the TTUHSC Writing Center by clicking here.


What do you do?

The Graduate Writing Center is here to support you as a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher! We offer consultations, writing groups, workshops, and other supports. Whether you are looking for one-to-one feedback on your writing, peer support and accountability, or ways to learn more, we'd love to see you!

To learn more about how our services fit your needs, check out our GWC Services Flowchart here!

Can I get help with citations?

Yes! We can help you learn the specific requirements for style guides such as  APA, MLA, Chicago, or IEEE. We can also help you figure out other citation styles required by an instructor.

Proper citation of paraphrases, ideas, and direct quotes helps avoid plagiarism. Our consultants help students think through what needs to be cited.

View our handouts on citations here.

I am preparing to submit my dissertation/thesis draft to my committee. Will you edit my draft line by line?

The GWC can certainly help you recognize and correct sentence-level concerns. However, consultants will not line-edit your work for you. The Graduate School has a list of editors for hire. Please contact Allison Belisle, allison.belisle@ttu.edu, in the Graduate School for this list.

I want to make sure my thesis/dissertation formatting is correct. Will a consultant help me?

GWC consultants can help with the language in your Table of Contents, titles, and figures/tables; however, we are not the authority on formatting. Please contact Allison Belisle, allison.belisle@ttu.edu, in the Graduate School for questions about thesis/dissertation formatting requirements.

Can I get support on my comprehensive/qualifying exams?

The GWC can provide feedback on comprehensive exams, qualifying exams, and coursework final exams with the permission of the instructor. The student can upload the instructor's permission email when they schedule the appointment, or their instructor can email the Graduate Writing Center at gradwritingcenter@ttu.edu.

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