Frequently Asked Questions


  Do I need an appointment to meet with a consultant?

Not necessarily. Clients can walk-in and meet with a consultant if one is available, although we are frequently completely booked.

Thus, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment at least two to three days in advance. All of our sessions start on the hour and last 45 minutes, so it is best to come in a little before the hour begins.

  What happened to read-ahead appointments?

As of Fall 2017, the UHCL Writing Center no longer offers read-ahead appointments.

Now, you can have up to five consultations per week.  This enables you and your consultant to spend more time on the same text - talking about it together instead of working on it separately before sharing impressions.

  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 than another.

We recommend you ask the receptionist for a consultant familiar with the type of documentation you are working with when you schedule an appointment. Or, check Consultant Specialties when making an appointment online.

Because it can be time-consuming and we are not familiar, 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. 

  Can I drop my paper off 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 per 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.

  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 Tipsheets and PowerPoint presentations
  • We offer online sessions, which are synchronous chat sessions held in real-time, where you join your consultant online to discuss your project using a chat box and whiteboard. All you need is a computer, tablet, or laptop with an internet connection. 
   How do I become a consultant?

Call the UHCL Writing Center at 281-283-2910 or email, about applying for admission into his training course, Writing Center Praxis, which is offered in the fall and spring semesters. 

  • Writing Center

    Phone: 281-283-2910

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

    Regular office hours:
    Mon. - Thurs., 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.