FAQ

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What services does OWLS offer?

OWLS provides students with the opportunity to meet with trained tutors to discuss individual concerns, whether in writing or other disciplines.

OWLS serves Loyola students and faculty in several ways:

  • Free tutoring in the Student Success Center/Office of Writing and Learning - Monroe Library Rm 229
  • Access to computers and printers
  • Full-class tutoring services
  • Workshops in writing, grammar, documentation, and research
  • Opportunities for student internships
  • Faculty "idea-exchanges"
  • Online tutoring

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Do I need to make an appointment?

The short answer is no. We can serve students on a walk-in basis; however, most students prefer to schedule an appointment ahead of time.

Make an appointment or sign up for our scheduling system

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How do I make the most of my tutoring session?

Always bring as much information and material as possible. For assistance with papers, bring your assignment sheet from your professor and any graded or ungraded drafts. If you have a graded draft, its always best to try revising your paper before you bring it in to a tutor (but be sure to bring both your graded paper and your revision). If you are still in the brainstorming process, bring your assignment and a willingness to get some of your ideas down on paper. If you need help with other subjects like accounting or chemistry, bring your textbook, class notes, and any other materials that you think your tutor might need to assist you in answering your questions.

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What if I just have a quick question?

You should still walk in or schedule an appointment with us. Often quick questions can lead to other questions, and we want you to get the most out of your time with us.

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I live on campus. Can I still submit online?

Students living on campus or who attend classes on campus should visit OWLS (Monroe Library 229, inside the Pan-American Life Student Success Center) for a one-on-one tutoring session. WAC does not encourage online submissions for on-campus students. If you have extenuating circumstances that prevent you from coming to the center, contact Robert Bell at rcbell@loyno.edu or call 865-3094.

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How can OWLS help me with writing?

OWLS tutors are available daily to assist you with writing assignments. OWLS Tutors also provide tutoring aimed at helping you recognize personal strengths and weaknesses in your writing so that you can begin to spot errors and correct them. Tutors are trained to help with:

  • clarity of writing
  • thesis statements
  • development
  • organization
  • paragraphing
  • sentence structure
  • grammar
  • formatting and citation
  • online research

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What qualifies OWLS tutors?

OWLS Tutors are undergraduates trained to assist others. Tutors are selected on the basis of academic performance and demonstrated ability. Each tutor has participated in a training program focusing on their specific discipline.

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I’m a good writer, why would I go to the Writing Center?

One misconception about the Writing Center is that it is a place for bad writers; however, the truth is that all writers benefit from another pair of eyes. Good writers discuss their work and ask others for feedback. Even if you have good writing skills, remember that your writing can always be made better, and we’re here to help with that.

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One of the links on the website is broken, who do I report it to?

If you come across a broken link or experience any problems or malfunctions on the website, please call us at (504) 865-2990.

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What if I still need more information?

If you have any other questions, please call us at (504) 865-2990.

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