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 address your audience, purpose, and context more effectively. Tutors are especially prepared to help students with assignments from Engineering and Technology faculty, but can assist with other technical writing and speaking tasks as well.
   During your session, you and your tutor will identify key areas to improve. You can always return for a follow-up session if you have more questions than the tutor can help with in one session. You will need to be actively engaged with the tutor. Tutors are not here to fix your papers. They are here to help you become a better communicator.
  Come in early while your document or presentation is still in the idea stage. Tutors can help you understand the assignment, brainstorm ideas, and clarify them. Or, come in later when you have a draft. Tutors can respond as a reader, helping you identify potential problems for readers and suggesting ways to improve your document.
  • All appointments begin on the hour and include up to 45 minutes of one-on-one tutor time and 15 minutes of administrative time. 
  • You can make one appointment per day and up to three per week. Please do not make appointments you do not intend to use. 
  • If you are ten minutes late, your appointment will be canceled and you'll need to reschedule (this will count as a missed appointment).
  • If you can't make your appointment, please cancel or reschedule at least 2 hours prior to your scheduled time so others can use that time slot. If you do not cancel or reschedule at least 2 hours prior to your scheduled time, it is a missed appointment. 
  • If you miss three scheduled appointments during the semester, you will not be able to schedule additional appointments during that semester.
  • Bring the assignment instructions with your assignment.
  • Electronic versions of your assignment are fine, but either bring your own laptop, or upload your assignment to IUBox, Google Docs, or another cloud-based app. For security reasons, we cannot download your paper (NO USBs or flash drives).
  • Turn off your cell phone and put it away 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 upon.
  • Tutors will send a note to your professor upon request. You must provide the professor's email address.
  • Drop-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis if the tutor is available.

Check out our video on YouTube, "Tales of the TCM Writing Center, Episode I: Manually Distressed."

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

Hours & Appointments

TCM Writing Center Spring 2018 hours begin January 17, 2017. Additional hours may be added as demand increases.


1 p.m.-5 p.m.

6 p.m.-9 p.m.


6 p.m.-9 p.m.


12 p.m.-4 p.m.

6 p.m.-9 p.m.


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. 


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Indianapolis, IN 46202
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