ACADEMIC SUPPORT WRITING CENTER — HAVE A QUESTION — ASC US!
Helpful Tips on What to Ask
Our job is to offer advice and feedback; we do not edit or revise papers. To give you an idea about types of appropriate questions, here are some examples:
How can I add more details to my essay?
Have I used transitions correctly?
Does my thesis stand as an effective sentence?
Can you provide an example of a comma splice?
What does FANBOYS mean?
Here are some examples of inappropriate/broad questions:
Have I made the same grammar mistake more than once in this paragraph?
Please read my paragraph. Does it sound okay?
Can you proofread my paragraphs?
Can you tell me if this is "A" work?
How can I improve my writing?
When you submit an inquiry or comment, be as specific as you can, so our instructors can serve you best. For example, instead of asking “How can I improve my writing?” try asking something like:
Do you think I have effectively structured my paragraph?
Is the topic clear in my writing?
Do you find my writing to be organized?
Rather than asking a broad question, narrow your inquiry down to a specific point we can answer for you. Doing this will allow us to answer your question efficiently.
As a college student, you are ultimately responsible for proofreading your essay and following your instructor's assignment instructions. We will not predict grades at any time. We reserve the right to advise students to consult their instructors before we submit a response.
How to Fill Out the Form
Special Instructions: Using the form below, ask us a question about grammar, punctuation, mechanics and usage, or anything concerning English (with the exception of word definitions) and we will respond to your question via email. In the space provided, you may type a short question or you may even enter a paragraph or two from your paper and ask for a critique.
Note: Emails will be answered in the order they are received; if you need an immediate response to a question, please visit the Writing Center in person. PLEASE NOTE: Emails will be answered only during the school week, excluding any holidays. Emails sent on Friday may not be answered until the following week.
EMAIL: Because home computers may identify IRSC email responses as spam, students should adjust settings to accept our response.
Note: Please DO NOT submit your homework questions. We will not do your homework for you. DO NOT try to submit your entire paper, the program will not accept it.