Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


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Who can use the Writing Center?
The Writing Center is open to all Gaston College students.

How can the Writing Center help me?
We can help you with any writing assignment for any class, not just English. We can help with reports, reviews, journals, critical thinking questions, reader responses, literary analyses, research papers, reflections essays, scholarship essays, college transfer application essays, resumes, cover letters, and much more.

I don’t know how to start my paper.
We can help you with brainstorming, outlining, researching, revising, and editing in addition to basic grammar instruction.

Can I come during my class time?
No. A student cannot miss his/her class in order to get help with a paper.

Where are you located?
We have locations on both the Dallas and Lincolnton campus. The Dallas location is in the Robinson Building (RCB 236), and the Lincolnton location is in the Lincoln Classroom Building (LC202).

Can I walk in?
Yes, you may walk in, although we do recommend appointments. If you don’t have an appointment, there may be a wait period before a writing coach can see you. However, we may be able to give you an approximate wait time. Walk-ins will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

How do I make an appointment?
Call us at 704-922-2369. We can make your appointment for either the Dallas or Lincolnton campus.

When can I come for an appointment?
Call us at 704-922-2369. We can make your appointment for either the Dallas or Lincolnton campus.

If I can’t make my appointment time, can I still get help?
If you are unable to make your appointment time, please call us at 704-922-2369 so that we can reschedule your appointment if needed. If you arrive late for your appointment and have not called us, there is a chance you will lose your time slot. Any students that do not show up for their appointments will have their writing coach reassigned to work with someone else.

Can I change my appointment date and/or time?
Yes, call us at 704-922-2369, and we can make the necessary changes.

Can I change the location of my appointment and/or date and time?
Yes, if that date and/or time is available at the campus you wish to change it to. Or we can schedule a different date and/or time.

My class is an online class; can I still get help?
Yes. Call us at 704-922-2369 to schedule an online appointment; or if you prefer, you can make a face-to-face appointment at the campus of your choice. We recommend scheduling at least a week before the assignment is due.

Are there any requirements for an online session?
Yes. You will need access to the following:
• Your Gaston College e-mail account login information
• An internet-capable device from which you can hear audio
• A microphone if you wish to talk to your tutor (optional)
• We strongly encourage students to make appointments at least a week in advance. Although scheduling an appointment in less time may be fine, we are not likely to be able to schedule same-day online appointments.

I have to give a speech or do an oral presentation; can you help me?
Yes. We have access to a private room with an overhead projector and podium so you can practice with PowerPoint or Prezi and other visual aids, and get feedback on your work. These hours are limited and variable, so you should call early to schedule.