Writing House Online (WHO)
Writing House (WHO) is CNHS’s own writing resource center. WHO offers writing guides, workshops, and tutoring sessions--both online and in-person. CNHS students and faculty have access to WHO resources through Blackboard Learn. Through our online scheduling system, students can schedule their own appointments with tutors.
In a WHO tutoring session, students work with trained graduate student tutors who are friendly and open-minded. A WHO session provides a non-judgmental environment where students can ask questions, develop their writing, and feel comfortable enough to say, “I don’t know.” WHO can help students become competent and confident writers.
CNHS students work with WHO tutors to:
- Review writing basics
- Understand writing assignments
- Get started on papers by brainstorming
- Organize thinking and writing into outlines
- Clarify positions, theses, and arguments
- Integrate ideas from scholarly sources
- Develop supporting evidence for arguments
- Revise and rethink drafts
- Format papers in APA style
- Edit and proofread papers
The Writing House is located on the third floor of Wheatley Hall, Room 154/6. To make an appointment with a WHO tutor, CNHS students, please contact Julie Baer, Writing Program Manager, at WritingHouse.CNHS@umb.edu.
Q: How do I know if I need a tutor?
A: All writers can benefit from working with a tutor, from new college students to advanced graduate students working on dissertations. WHO supports all CNHS students, in both Nursing and Exercise Health Science.
Q: I haven’t started my assignment yet. Can I still make a WHO appointment?
A: Yes! We know that writing involves many steps. We can help students make sense of the assignment instructions, get started on an outline, develop a draft, or practice proofreading.
Q: Can I come for help with reading?
A: Yes! WHO tutors will read with you in order to practice reading strategies that you can then use on your own.
Q: How many appointments can I make per day? Per week?
A: You can schedule one appointment with WHO per day, and up to two appointments per week. You can also make weekly appointments to build your skills.
Q: If I don’t have an appointment, can I still work with a tutor?
A: It depends. If you stop by and a tutor is free, he/she will be happy to work with you. However, WHO gets quite busy during the semester, so we recommend you reserve a time slot by booking appointments.
Q: Can WHO help me with the University’s Writing Proficiency Evaluation (WPE)?
A: Yes! WHO can help you with reading comprehension, understanding the question, organizing your thoughts, and revising your WPE essays.
Q: Can I bring a friend who’s working on the same assignment to my appointment?
A: Definitely! Please indicate in the appointment form that you and a classmate will be coming in for a group appointment.
Q: What should I do if there are no appointments available?
A: You can join a waiting list through our scheduling system, and you will be notified if an appointment becomes available.