Why Visit The Hanson Center for Technical Communication?

Our mission is to help you express yourself as a future engineer. Devoting time and effort to grow as a writer is the best preparation for a career in which success is often measured by the quality of your communication.

Who are the Peer Writing Tutors?

Peer writing tutors are undergraduate engineering students who demonstrate exceptional skill as writing tutors and technical communicators. Our tutors have excellent oral and written communication skills. Peer tutors do not grade, nor do they offer comments or conjectures about grades. Instead, they help fellow students turn brainstorming sessions and rough drafts into polished reports, essays, presentations, and proposals.

Who are the graders?

Graders are writing instructors who work closely with the Hanson Center staff as evaluators of student writing. Our graders offer individualized comments and use assignment-specific grading rubrics to help students through every stage of the writing process.

How does the HCTC help the College?

In the Fall of 2017, HCTC peer consultants held 850 appointments at the center. Of those, 318 were for scholarship thank you letters, 275 for Statics essays, 124 for lab reports, 39 for résumés, and 24 for personal statements. Almost 60% of the appointments came from students who had not visited the center in the past. Every student helped in the HCTC is an engineering student, but not every assignment needs to be an engineering assignment. Our tutors saw students from an array of courses: from Process Calculations, Materials Science, and Statics to Introduction to Management, Rhetoric, and the President’s Leadership Class.

How do I make an appointment?

Please make appointments through our online system. To get started, click “Schedule now” in the center of our website homepage, and you will be prompted to create an account through WCOnline. After creating the account, you will be able to log in, select an open time, and fill out a brief form to secure an appointment. We will keep records of each time you come to the center. If you also require proof that you visited, please let us know and we will send a report to your professor or advisor.