Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology


TCM Writing Center

The Technical Communication Writing Center is a free student service provided by the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology. 

TCM Writing Center tutors can help you plan, organize, and revise your documents or presentations to more effectively address your audience, purpose, and context.
Tutors are especially prepared to help you with assignments from Engineering and Technology faculty, but can assist with other technical writing and speaking tasks as well. They are here to help you become a better communicator.
During your session, you and your tutor will identify key areas to improve (they will not "fix" or edit your papers). You will need to be actively engaged. 
Come in at any stage:
  • early while your document or presentation is still in the idea stage: tutors can help you understand the assignment, brainstorm ideas, and clarify them
  • when you have a draft or in final stages of revision: tutors can respond as a reader, helping you identify potential problems for readers and suggesting ways to improve your document.
  • Appointments begin on the hour and include up to 45 minutes of tutoring and 15 minutes of administrative time. 
  • Appointments are limited to one per day, three per week. Out of courtesy to others who need appointments, please do not make appointments you do not intend to use.
  • Walk-ins are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  
  • If you can't make your appointment, please cancel or reschedule at least 2 hours prior to your scheduled time.
  • Your appointment will be marked as a missed appointment if you cancel or reschedule with less than 2 hours notice or if you arrive more than 10 minutes late
  • If you miss three scheduled appointments, you will not be able to schedule any more appointments during that semester.
Preparing for Your Appointment
  • Bring all assignment instructions with your assignment.
  • Bring a hard copy of your assignment, or bring your own laptop with an electronic copy of your assignment. Do not bring USBs or flash drives. For security reasons, we cannot download your paper. 
  • Decide what you would like to work on before you arrive. Remember appointments are only 45 minutes. You are welcome to schedule a follow-up session to continue working on assignments. 
  • Turn off your cell phone during your appointment.
  • Tutors will not edit your paper. They will work with you to become a better technical communicator and help you learn to identify patterns and issues to improve.
  • Tutors will send a note to your professor upon request. You must provide the professor's email address.

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If you are looking for general information about the Technical Communication Program, visit our website at

Instructors: Tutors are available for class visits to speak with your students about what they do. Please contact the TCM Writing Center to schedule a class visit or for more information. 

Hours & Appointments

TCM Writing Center Summer 2019 hours*:

Monday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

*Hours begin Thursday, May 30, 2019.

To schedule an appointment, new users must first set up an account. Once you have set up your account, you can log in and make an appointment. Set up an account here: TCM Scheduling

If no appointments are scheduled during a shift, or if the last appointment is more than 15 minutes late, the TCM Writing Center may close early. 




799 West Michigan Street, ET 232
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 278-9946 or

Director: Dr. Corinne Renguette 

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