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Frequently Asked Questions

  Where are you located?

We are located on the second floor of the Student Services and Classroom Building (SSCB) on the same hall as the Human Sciences and Humanities Faculty Offices.

  When are you open?

We are open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 – 7 p.m. on Sundays.

  Do I need an appointment to meet with a consultant?

Not at all! We offer drop-in consultations Monday – Sunday, although most of our consultants may be booked with appointments Monday – Friday, resulting in longer wait times for drop-ins. Thus, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment for Monday-Friday.

  How can I make an appointment?

To schedule an online or face-to-face appointment, visit our online scheduler at, register for an account, and make an appointment with one of our writing consultants. For online appointments, make sure you're logged in to Microsoft Teams at the time of your consultation. Your writing consultant will contact you in the Writing Center's Online Writing Studio (OWS) in Teams at the time of your appointment.

  What happens when I am marked as a "no-show"?

If you miss 3 appointments or more without notifying us that you will be late or need to reschedule your session, you will be limited to drop-in assistance for the remainder of the semester and cannot schedule appointments in advance. Once a new semester begins, your access will be re-enabled, and you start with a clean slate.

  Can I still use the Writing Center if I can't come to campus?

You sure can! We provide online assistance in several ways:

  • We provide a wide assortment of tip sheets and PowerPoint presentations on our Resources page.
  • We offer online writing consultations held in real-time, where you join your consultant in our Online Writing Studio (OWS) in Microsoft Teams to discuss your project. All you need is a computer, tablet, or laptop with an internet connection. To read more about how online sessions work, visit our Online Writing Studio page.
  What can I expect from a writing conference in the UHCL Writing Center?

You can expect a helpful, relaxed conversation with someone who wants the same thing that you do: to help you become a better writer. To that end, your consultant will review your work, ask you questions about your goals for the project, discuss general concerns you have about your writing skills, and then provide feedback designed to help you learn strategies that you can apply to all of your writing projects.

  Can I drop off my paper for a consultant and pick it up later?

No. Our policy is to work with the writer to help them improve their writing skills, so we do not "work on" your paper without you being present. The Writing Center is a learning support center that assists the writer with the writing process through conversation-based sessions, where the consultant discusses your writing with you rather than edits your work.

  What can I do to have a productive session?
  • Bring any instructions or guidelines you have for the project
  • Bring any notes, outlines, research, or drafts of your project
  • Bring a list of questions for your consultant
  • Come to the Writing Center well before your project's due date to give you time to make revisions based on your consultant's feedback
  • Plan ahead for multiple sessions in case you need more than one
  I am a bilingual or multilingual speaker of English. Can you help me?

Of course! All consultants receive training in this area, and they enjoy working with students who are multilingual.

  How much of my paper will we be able to get through in a session?

Because there are so many different factors involved, we cannot guarantee that a certain amount of pages will be covered in a session. No matter what, we recommend that you visit us with your writing assignment early enough to allow plenty of time for revisions. Depending on the length, we might recommend you come in for multiple sessions.

  How many sessions can I have per week?

You can have an unlimited number of drop-in writing consultations at the Writing Center! To account for consultant availability, you are allowed up to five 45-minute appointment sessions per week. However, under certain circumstances, we may be able to allow you longer appointment-based sessions. If you think you and/or your project warrants longer sessions, please talk to our Virtual Front Desk, who will put you in touch with the administrators.

  What if I don't have anything written?

We help writers at every stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to editing. Our consultants are well-versed in helping writers overcome writer's block. We can help writers brainstorm, map out ideas, and discuss a variety of strategies for approaching an assignment. If you are stuck, please come see us!

  Can you help me with my grammar?

Absolutely, but keep in mind that we won't edit your paper for you. The kind of help we provide involves teaching you to improve your grammar skills. Thus, we will help you identify and understand the grammatical errors in your writing and then learn and practice editing strategies you can use on your assignment as well as future projects.

  Can you help me with documentation?

Certainly. Our consultants will help you find the resources you need to correctly document your paper. All consultants are familiar with MLA, APA, and Chicago, but some are more proficient with one type or another. We recommend that you ask the studio guide who is working our front desk for a consultant familiar with the type of documentation you are working with when you schedule an appointment, or check under "Consultant Specialties" when making an appointment online. 

Because it can be time-consuming, we do not check citations for you, but we will give you resources and teach you what you need to know to do them yourself.

  What should I do if I can't make it to my appointment?

Please give us a call or go online at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment so that your session is available for other students and that you don't get marked as a "no-show." If you don't cancel an hour in advance or just don't show up for your appointment, you will be marked as a "no-show."

   How do I become a writing consultant?

Contact the UHCL Writing Center at 281-283-2910 or about applying for admission into the Writing Center Praxis training course. Recruitment for new consultants typically begins in the spring, training takes place over the summer, and consultants are fully trained by fall.


  • Writing Center

    Phone: 281-283-2910

    SSCB 2.101
    2700 Bay Area Blvd
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Regular Office Hours:
    Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Online Tutoring Hours:
    Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Fri: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Sat: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Sun: 2-7 p.m.

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.