On-Campus Students

Located in Mervyn Sterne Library Room 175, the University Writing Center (UWC) is your go-to place for help with any kind of writing. In a session of 25 or 50 minutes, a trained, experienced UWC tutor will sit down with you and help with any writing project at any stage.

Please read on for more info!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who can use the UWC?

All current UAB students. We are happy to work with students from all levels and from all disciplines. All writers need help!

How can the UWC help me?

We can help you with any kind of writing and at any stage of the writing process. Whether you need help brainstorming ideas for your history paper, revising your personal statement, or editing your lab report, we are here for you.

How do I schedule an appointment?

To schedule an appointment, log into our appointment system with your Blazer ID and password. You can also cancel and reschedule appointments in this system.

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How often can I come to the UWC?

Each week, you can have either one 50-minute tutoring session or two 25-minute tutoring sessions. We can sometimes give students a third 25-minute session. Please call the front desk to schedule a third session. We are not able to provide extra sessions during the last two weeks of class.

What can I expect during a tutoring session?

Your tutor will always begin by asking what you need and then work from there. Our sessions are friendly and informal!

What should I bring to my appointment?

Bring your assignment directions and any notes or drafts that you have. You can bring print materials or bring them on a laptop—whatever you prefer.

What happens if I’m late or miss an appointment?

Your appointment will be canceled if you arrive more than 10 minutes late. Students who miss two sessions are prevented from making future appointments until they meet with the UWC Director. To avoid this, just cancel your appointment at least 30 minutes in advance.

Can I just drop in?

Having an appointment is best, but you can always drop in to see if someone is available to work with you on the spot.

Where can I learn more?

If you have additional questions, you can stop by or call us at (205) 996-7178 during open hours. You can also email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that we will be slower to return messages when classes are not in session.