FAQs


What do we do?

We help students discover and learn methods and strategies to help them become better writers, readers and presenters.

We can help writers:

  • Get started by brainstorming.
  • Develop their papers with details, examples, and other rhetorical devices.
  • Organize their ideas logically.
  • Identify grammatical error patterns and offer ways to self-correct them.
  • Self-identify methods and strategies for revising.

We can help readers:

  • Develop strategies to increase the ease and speed at which they read.
  • Develop and implement strategies for improving reading comprehension.

We can help presenters:

  • Select and narrow a topic.
  • Create and outline.
  • Research and cite sources.
  • Rehearsal of presentations.

Why do we do it?
We do it to help students develop strategies and to build their confidence so that they are able to work more independently.

How do we do it?
We do this dialogically. We ask, and we listen. They talk, they write, they read, and they learn.

Who can visit the Writing, Reading, and Speech Assistance?
Students, faculty, and staff can come to the center for assistance with assignments in all subject areas and disciplines, not just English and Speech. We can assist developmental students and Honors students, too.

What is a visit like?

A writing coach will ask you to begin reading a portion of your paper, so you can hear what you've written. Together, both of you will discuss your work as well as choices you have for improving it.

A reading coach might begin the session by asking you to read to determine the level of assistance you require. Then, you will work together to develop personalized strategies for improving your reading speed, accuracy, and overall comprehension. You will work together to complete exercises that will improve this important skill.

A speech consultant will ask you some questions about what you plan to accomplish and provide a non-threatening environment to practice your presentations, as well as, assist with topic selection, research, outlining, and organization of ideas.

What should I bring with me?
Bring your assignment information, brainstorming ideas, free writing or drafts, textbooks, and any other materials that pertain to it. Also, come prepared with any questions you'd like to ask.

How do I schedule an appointment?
You can schedule your appointments online at cod.mywconline.com, or call (630) 942-3355 for appointments at all locations.

Do I have to make an appointment or can I walk in?
When you schedule an appointment, you are guaranteed that a coach will be available to work with you. However, walk-ins are welcome.

When should I make an appointment?
You should make an appointment as soon as you have an assignment or are having difficulty with an assignment. The earlier you make an appointment, the more opportunities you will have to develop your skills.

How often can I make an appointment?
You may make three reading, three writing and unlimited speech appointments per week. Students with Blue Cards may schedule four reading, four writing, and unlimited speech appointments per week. You can make a weekly standing appointment, too; however, if you don't show up for two sessions, your standing appointment will be cancelled. 

Contact Information


Learning Commons
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2102, (630) 942-3941

Mathematics Assistance
(630) 942-3339

Writing, Reading, and Speech Assistance
(630) 942-3355

Tutoring Services
(630) 942-3686