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Writing Assistance

What kinds of writing help are available?

I have to take the Writing Placement Test? What do I need to know?

Where is tutoring located?

I need help with a writing assignment

I need general help with writing

I have a question about grammar

I didn’t pass the College Writing Exam

I’ve been referred by the Education Department


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 take it to your instructor before coming to your first appointment at CADE.

How do I sign up for an appointment?

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

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.


CADE - Center for Academic Development & Enrichment
SUNY College at Oneonta
225 Alumni Hall, Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 436-3010 | cade@oneonta.edu

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Last Modified: June 14, 2010