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Center for Academic Development & Enrichment
225 Alumni Hall
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 436-3010

Service Hours Fall 2017:
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(Admin. Offices close at 4:30 daily)


Writing Help


I need help with a writing assignment.

We can help you with a paper from any course, but instructor permission is required for you to get assistance. Please print and fill out this permission form and check to be sure your instructor has granted permission before coming to your first appointment at CADE. (If the professor hasn't granted blanket permission -- which you can look up on our website-- you will need to take the second page of the permission form to the instructor for a signature.)

How do I sign up for an appointment?

Signing up for an appointment with a writing tutor is free and easy. Go to and Click "Writing Assistance." Fill out the information using your SUNY Oneonta username and ID. Choose any appointment with the tutors listed on the page.

Peer Writing Studio consultants are available to help with papers for classes. Students who need to meet for a consultation with a professional tutor to go over a College Writing Exam should be sure to choose that specific type of appointment.

If you're not coming for a class paper or CWE or if you're a graduate student, please choose "Other" and explain what you're hoping for us to help you with.

Be sure to show up on time to the appointment you make because the tutors see students every 30 minutes.

What to expect at your first appointment

Each writing consultation is different, but there are some things you should expect during your first appointment. Your appointment will last half an hour. Your CADE tutor will first want to read the specific assignment you’ve received (be sure to bring it with you). The instructor will then ask you to explain what you most want help with. Guided by what you’ve asked for help with, your Writing Center staff member will then respond, as a critical reader and as a writing instructor, to what you’ve written — pointing out sections that work well, identifying possible problems, teaching you important principles about writing, and helping you find ways to improve your paper as you revise. Please see this handout on how we prioritize our time with students.

CADE tutors are likely to concentrate on large-scale issues first. For example, they’ll try to help you make sure that you’re responding to the assignment and that you’re writing a focused, well-organized, and effectively developed paper before they help you with such concerns as style, grammar, word choice, and punctuation. They follow this order for a good reason: small changes in individual sentences will not improve a paper as much as changes in thesis, focus, and organization will.

It’s important for you to know that tutors will not edit or proofread your papers for you. Nor will they do your reading or thinking or writing for you. Instead, their goal is to teach you to do these things for yourself so that you can become a better, more confident writer.