Frequent Asked Questions
Who Can Use the POLS/LSJ/JSIS Writing Center?
Anyone who is enrolled in a class and/or is a major in one of our partnered departments can use our writing center.
A class is in our partnered departments as long as it's cross-listed in one of the departments. For example, you can visit if you're enrolled in the English section of a course that's cross-listed as English and the Jackson School.
If you are teaching in one of these departments, the director is happy to meet with you to develop writing workshops as needed.
What Kinds of Writing Can I Bring In?
We work with any kind of academic writing. This includes, but is not limited to: course essays, outlines for in-class exams, scholarship applications, theses, and dissertation chapters.
Are You Only for Bad Writers?
NO!!! Writing is a skill that you develop over the course of your lifetime. We work with students who are at all stages of that development. You are welcome to come if you haven't written a college essay before, but you are also welcome to come if you want to talk through structuring your argument.
Where Are You?
What Are Your Hours?
We typically open the second week of each academic quarter and stay open through the Wednesday of finals week.
We are open from 9:30-4:30 Monday through Thursday and 9:30-1:30 on Friday.
Students wishing to make an appointment may sign up using our online appointment scheduling tool: click here to see available appointments. This will reserve a 45 minute, one-on-one appointment with one of our tutors.
We offer drop-in appointments, Monday through Wednesday from 3:00PM to 4:30PM. When appointments are unbooked, we are able to work in drop-ins earlier in the day, as well as on Thursdays and Fridays. Please feel free to drop by.
What Should I Bring to My Appointment?
Please bring a hard copy of the document you would like to discuss and the prompt. It's also helpful to bring in a copy of the prompt and any notes you've been using.
How Many Appointments Can I Have a Week?
Students can have 2 appointments per week for most of the quarter.
During the last week of instruction and finals week, students can have 1 appointment each week. This is so that we can accommodate as many students as possible.
To cancel an appointment, log onto the appointment scheduling page, and click the "See Your Appointments" link on the left. Enter your student UW Net Id (NOT your student number), then when the dialog box opens, click "cancel."
Please note that canceling your appointment within 90 minutes of its scheduled start time will count as a missed appointment.
If you are an honors student or a graduate student and have set up an appointment with a graduate tutor, we ask that you respect their time and contact them directly as soon as possible if you have to cancel. Please do this in addition to canceling your appointment on the computer.
What Happens If I Cancel?
You can cancel your appointments up to 90 minutes before it's scheduled to start without penality.
HOWEVER, canceling an appointment within 90 minutes of its start time will count as a missed appointment!
What Happens If I Miss Appointments or Don't Cancel?
After 2 missed appointments, the scheduling system will not allow a student to sign up for additional appointments for the rest of the academic year.
Not showing up by the end of an appointment and canceling an appointment within 90 minutes of its start time count as missed appointments.
Students who have been blocked from appointments may still use the center but only on a drop-in basis.
What Happens If I'm Late?
If a student is more than five minutes late for an appointment without having made prior arrangements, tutors will see other students who are waiting for a drop-in session.
Where Can I Print My Work?