Whether a professor has encouraged you to visit or you've decided to request an appointment on your own, scheduling a consultation with the Writing Center is easy. 


Our Spring Semester Appointment Book Opens Soon

Once the spring semester begins, you'll be able to schedule a 60- minute in-person or remote session with a Writing Center tutor. 

Scroll down to learn what to expect.  We also share a few suggestions for maximizing your appointment.


  • Schedule your appointment well before an assignment is due.
  • In-person and remote sessions are available. In-person appointment take place in L09 on the library lower level.  Remote sessions are held on WCO, our video conferencing platform.
  • Plan to consult with your tutor, rewrite, and meet with your tutor again. It often takes multiple appointments to fully revise your work.
  • Follow our instructions for sharing your assignment  guidelines and any writing that you've completed so far.
  • Prepare to share prewriting and draft(s) but remember, it's okay if you haven't gotten that far.
  • Laptops are welcome during face-to-face appointments.
  • Prepare to prioritize big issues, such as thesis, development, and organization, before you begin to edit for grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • We'll help you identify and correct errors, but we won't edit your paper for you.
  • If you have to cancel, please do so as soon as possible.  
  • If you can't connect to your WC Online account,  email writingcenter@siena.edu to cancel or reschedule an appointment.

Your Tutoring Session

  • Your meeting will open with a conversation. Your tutor will ask questions about your assignment, your goals, and your overall impression of your work.
  • Depending on where you are in the writing process, you might  have the opportunity to read your draft aloud, pausing to voice concerns and brainstorm solutions.
  • You'll discuss topics like thesis statements, development, and organization before you start the editing process. We are not a last-minute proofreading service, but if time permits, we will help you correct patterns of errors. 

Common Areas of Conversation

  • Brainstorming and Idea Development
  • Organization
  • Thesis, Purpose, Controlling Idea, or Theme
  • Evidence and Examples
  • Style, Format, and Mechanics
  • Primary and Secondary Sources
  • Integration and Analysis of Quotations
  • Citations and Footnotes
  • Bibliographies and Works Cited Lists
  • Oral and Digital Presentations
  • English Language Learning