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. 


Schedule Today

Appointments are available six days a week throughout the academic year and four days a week during the summer. Right now, all our sessions are virtual, but we hope to provide face-to-face sessions in the fall.

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.
  • While social distancing protocols are in place, most sessions will take place on Zoom, a 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 AppointmentQuest 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