Missouri State University

Scheduling and Preparing for an In-Person Appointment

Scheduling Your Appointment Online Using TutorTrac

For step by step instructions on how to book or cancel an appointment, click here.

To book an appointment, go to MyMissouriState.edu, choose the Academics tab and in the Learning Commons box near the bottom of the screen, click the Tutor Trac link. From here, you will choose Search Availability, and select Subject Area Tutoring or Writing Center. If you would like Subject Area Tutoring,  select the class for which you want tutoring from the drop-down menu of your classes in the Section box. If you would like to book a Writing Center appointment, leave the Section box blank!  Then click Search.

Appointments must be at least 24 hours in advance and can only be made up to seven days in advance. For walk-in appointments, see below.


If you miss three appointments scheduled in advance, you will be unable to use the services of the Bear CLAW (with the exception of the SI Program) for the remainder of the semester. Please note that cancelling an appointment less than 24 hours before your scheduled appointment counts as a missed appointment.

Same day appointments can only be booked IN PERSON by visiting the Bear CLAW reception desk.

Drop-ins - No Appointment Necessary!

You are welcome to stop by for an appointment any time we are open; however, walk-ins do not guarantee a session. Walk-ins will be seen on a first come, first served basis between scheduled appointments. Unlike a scheduled appointment, a walk-in session does not guarantee 45 minutes with a consultant. For a walk-in session, we recommend dropping by the Center on the half hour.


Bear Claw, Duane G. Meyer Library, Missouri State University, 1st Floor behind the circulation desk.

Meyer Library 1st Floor


Preparing for your Consulting Session

Our writing consultants are comfortable working with any step in the writing process: brainstorming, researching, drafting, and revising; however, they cannot proofread writing projects.

Preparing for Sessions

During a session, the writing consultant, using a facilitative approach, focuses on the academic quality of the paper, aiding the writer in achieving college-level technique. Instead of merely proofreading, the consultant enhances the author’s work by asking questions, making suggestions, and guiding the author to a greater understanding of the paper at hand and of writing in general. Writing consultants can aid in every part of the writing process, including brainstorming, researching, drafting, revising, and organizing a paper. Consultants also assist writers with grammar, punctuation, and the citation methods of the Modern Language Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, and the Associated Press, among others.

Our writing consultants will help you in every way possible during your session, but there are a few ways you can prepare ahead of time to make the most of your session:

  • Bring your project in well before it is due
  • Bring your instructor's assignment sheet, related class handouts, and textbook
  • List your goals for the assignment
  • Note the sections of your project that you feel are questionable
  • Write a list of questions about your project
  • Make a list of comments and suggestions that were marked on your other papers
  • Bring your instructor's name and e-mail address

Session Documentation

Every time you book, cancel, or move an appointment, we'll send you an e-mail of the change. If your instructor needs proof that you came to the center, give your writing consultant your instructor's name and e-mail address, and the consultant will e-mail your professor.