Frequently Asked Questions

What's the Writing Center’s late policy?

For an hour appointment, you have a 10-minute grace period. If you are not logged into the session during the grace period, your appointment will be marked as a no show. If you have 3 no show sessions, your WCONLINE account is disabled.

What will happen during my Writing Center session?

Just before the appointed time, you will log into your appointment in the schedule system and click on the start or join a session link. You will paste your document into the whiteboard. Then you and the writing coach will discuss your work. You are responsible for making any changes to the document.

Some instructors require proof of your visit. A confirmation of the session information will be emailed to you after the writing center coach submits the daily log at the end of the shift.

Can I make a Writing Center appointment for a group project?

Yes. Only one member of the group needs to schedule the appointment, but when completing the session information, you must specify that your appointment is for a group project. We'll need to know how many members are in your group and the names of all members. Be sure to schedule an appointment that everybody can attend, as a session cannot occur unless all group members are present. We cannot make exceptions to this rule.

When the session starts, you will be able to copy the link to the appointment into an email and your group members will be able to join the session.

Can I just email the Writing Center my paper?

The short answer is not really. Working with the UWC is a collaborative process, and you're a big part of that process. We do have online appointments. During these sessions, you and your coach will review the document together in real time. Please be aware that this system only allows us to work on content and grammar rather than formatting.

Supplemental Instruction

Why do we have to work in groups?

The SI model has proven that students learn best when interacting with each other in groups and with course material; they retain information. The SI model is based in learning theory that incorporates group work. SI research continues to highlight that students who actively participate in group-based SI sessions retain 2.5 times more information than students who study alone. An SI session offers a safe environment to review and process coursework with peers while having an “expert” on hand to facilitate learning. The SI model is a fun and interactive experience that helps students build or strengthen both their social and academic skills.

Why doesn’t my SI leader work with the professor/instructor more?

The SI model is embedded in collaboration, even with our faculty partners, yet we do not want to infringe on already busy schedules. Although they are strongly encouraged to communicate regularly with SI Leaders, there is no requirement. The SI Leaders work with the professors/instructors, but not for the professor/instructor. Some faculty partners have the time within their schedules to have significant contact with their SI Leader while others do not. SI Leaders undergo extensive training to be able to facilitate SI sessions either with or without professor/instructor input.  

What is a PAC?

Peer Academic Coaches are successful undergraduate students who will share student-to-student NIU-specific tips, host academic success workshops and provide general academic support in a safe environment. Peer Academic Coaches provide ongoing and individual coaching on:

  • Study tips and habits.
  • Setting yourself up for success.
  • Adjusting to online courses and using technical platforms.
  • Time management.
  • Study strategies and test taking skills.
  • Avoiding procrastination and staying motivated and focused.
  • Staying or getting organized and creating an effective study space.
  • Goal setting and developing good academic assessment habits.
  • Connecting with faculty and advocating for yourself.
  • Preparing to meet with your advisor.

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