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The Academic Success Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Is the Writing Center?

The Writing Center is on the third floor of McQuade Library, Room 320, between the Alden computer classroom and the Tutoring and Math Center.

When Is the Writing Center Open?

Sunday, from 6 to 9 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Who Staffs the Writing Center?

  • A graduate writing consultant in the higher education program.
  • Peer writing consultants from a number of disciplines.
  • Writing fellows assigned to specific courses.

How Do I Make an Appointment?

  1. Point your web browser to
  2. Enter your Merrimack email and the password. (Note: If your account was created by a writing consultant during a drop-in appointment, please use the password “writingcenterMC.” You can change your password in “Update Profile & Email Options” in the dropdown menu at the upper left side of the screen).
  3. Select the schedule you want to see from the dropdown menu and click “Log In.”
  4. Once in the schedule, select the white box that represents a day and time that are convenient for you.
  5. Fill out the Writing Consultant Form as prompted.
  6. Click the “Save Appointment” button at the bottom of the page.
  7. You will be sent an email confirming your appointment.

 What Resources Are Found in the Writing Center?

  • Guides for writing academic papers.
  • Guides for grammar and usage.
  • Handbooks for writing in different disciplines.
  • Guides for non-native speakers of English.
  • Computers for conducting electronic research.

What Can the Writing Center Do for Me?

The Writing Center can help you to grow more independent and confident in your academic, personal and professional writing. You do not need to bring a completed draft before visiting the center. You can get help in such areas as:

  • Interpreting assignments.
  • Choosing topics.
  • Organizing writing projects.
  • Solving specific writing problems, from getting started to editing/proofreading.
  • Developing effective revision strategies.
  • Learning to use critical reading as a means to perceptive writing.
  • Developing research abilities.
  • Creating your individual writing style.
  • Managing group writing projects.
  • Developing PowerPoint presentations.
  • Developing skills in written English, if English is not your first language.