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Center For Academic Assistance
Writing Center - McKinney
ON CAMPUS-Room A-104
The McKinney Writing Center is open and available to all Collin College students.
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Consultants at the Writing Center work with students individually in a conference to help them address their various composition problems, such as formulating thesis statements and claims, organizing ideas, developing unified paragraphs, using topic sentences to advantage, learning to recognize and correct problems in grammar and mechanics, documenting to avoid plagiarism, and learning how to improve their prose style.
Students must bring a copy of the assignment instructions, along with two printed copies of their draft.
If the students are uncertain how to begin the paper, the consultant can often help them generate ideas and a strategy for developing the paper. In addition to college compositions, consultants can also help students with college scholarship essays and letters of application.
Understand the assignment and professor’s expectations.
Brainstorm, plan, and/or organize ideas for a writing assignment.
Construct a thesis statement, topic sentence, or determine the focus of the paper.
Develop and connect supporting ideas to the main idea or thesis statement.
Apply proper citation methods for MLA, APA, or Chicago.
Take ownership of the paper and the ideas contained in the paper.
Develop the ability to revise independently.
Writing Center consultants will not write papers for students, proofread or edit papers, judge papers according to grade, or guarantee a quick “fix” for students' writing problems.
Workshops are free and do not require advanced registration. All Collin College students and community members are welcome. Since some instructors give added credit for attending workshops, we provide instructors the names of their students who were present.
How do I meet with a writing center consultant?
Writing Center appointments are required to meet with a consultant. To make an appointment, please visit mywco.com/cpc to meet face-to-face or online. Students can still come to the Writing Center, in A104, or phone: 972-548-6857 to be assisted with schedule set up.
Do I have to set up an account online?
All students must set up an account online through mywco.com/cpc . Please remember that each campus is different, therefore you must sign up for each writing center you visit through their scheduling website. The links to the other campuses can be found here.
Who will I meet with at the Writing Center?
The Writing Center offers free one-on-one tutoring with degreed professionals in all areas of writing.
Where is the Writing Center located?
The writing center is located in A-104, inside the Anthony Peterson- Center for Academic Assistance (A104). Click here for a map of the McKinney campus.
How many times can I meet with a Writing Center consultant?
Students are allowed one conference per day, two per week. Walk-ins taken depending on availability.
What if I miss my appointment?
Students who fail to cancel an appointment at least 60 minutes ahead of time will be marked a no-show. After three (3) no-shows, your account will be locked for the remainder of the semester and you may only come to the Writing Center on a walk-in basis. You may cancel an appointment online, over the phone, or coming by the Writing Center.
How will my instructor know I came to the writing center?
Since some instructors give grade or lab points for attending a Writing Center consultation. Instructors will receive notification via email of each of their student's visits and the nature of help given.
Writing Center Handouts & Links
American Psychological Association - Learning APA Style (link)
Online Writing Lab at Purdue University (link)
Chicago-Turabian 2018 Chicago Sample Paper (handout)MLA
MLA Works Cited Documentation (handout)
Revised Sample Paper (handout)
These and additional handouts are also available in the Writing Center.
McKinney Writing Center
Phone: (972) 548-6857
2200 W. University Drive
McKinney, Texas 75070
Katherine Wallis, Manager