Frequently Asked Questions

How do I book an appointment?

Just go to and follow the instructions:

How many appointments can I make per week?

Students may sign up for two appointments of 30 or 60 minutes each per week. A 60-minute appointment is usually the most productive length of time for a single appointment, especially online.

Is there any charge for making an appointment?

Nope! All services at the APU Writing Center are 100% free to current APU students.

I see several different schedules when booking an appointment. What’s the difference?

Each schedule corresponds to a different location where you can make an appointment. Our staff can help you at APU’s East and West Campus locations; at our regional locations in the High Desert, Inland Empire, and San Diego; and anywhere in the world when you schedule an online appointment.

What if I’m located outside of the area? Can I still get help?

Yes! Several of our staff are available for online consultations—you can check their availability on the Regional Campuses and Online schedules, and by looking for the online note next to staff names in the East Campus and West Campus schedules.

I can’t find an appointment slot that works with my schedule. What should I do?

It’s best to book appointments several days ahead of time to assure getting your preferred location and time. Make sure you’re looking at all of our schedules (in the dropdown menu at the top of the WCOnline schedule). We also have walk-in hours available on a first-come, first-served basis.

All of the appointment slots on the schedule are full this week. What can I do?

You can sign up for the wait list using the clock icon next to the day of the week in the WCOnline calendar. This will put you on our waiting list (in case of any cancellations), so we can connect you with other staff members who are available. You might also try checking the schedule each morning for last-minute cancellations or visiting during our walk-in hours.

I’m applying to an internship or fellowship. Can you help me with my application letter?

Absolutely! We’d be more than happy to do so. Just make sure to also book an appointment with our colleagues at the Center for Career and Calling to get feedback on your résumé or CV.

Do you offer workshops on APA?

Yes! We offer dozens of workshops on many writing-related topics, including several on different aspects of APA. Browse our complete schedule.

Can I get feedback on APA formatting?

Certainly! Every member of the Writing Center staff can give you detailed feedback on APA formatting, including helping you understand the rules and conventions. Make sure to check out our handouts and how-to guides!

I’m a doctoral student. Can I get feedback on my dissertation?

Absolutely! In fact, our doctoral coach, Tori Dalzell, Ph.D., works specifically with doctoral students and is available for appointments online and in person at the Azusa campus. You can make an appointment to discuss note-taking strategies, drafting your proposal, chapter content, wording, and more. Depending on where you are with your writing, you can get feedback on dissertation planning and editing, and even detailed chapter reviews.

I’ve been out of school for a long time and am having trouble with academic writing. What can I do?

Don’t panic; make an appointment instead. If you can, bring a recent sample of your writing and any feedback you may have received. If you’re having trouble getting started or with organizing your writing, you should also check out our how-to guides and writing samples.

I’m preparing a journal article for publication. Can I get feedback?

Absolutely! When making your appointment, let us know what journal(s) you are planning on submitting to. Different journals have different expectations for style, appearance, and formatting, and providing this information will help us give you tailored feedback.

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