Frequently Asked Questions

The SAW Program welcomes questions from the Mount Holyoke community. Don't see the answer you are seeking? Please do not hesitate to contact the SAW Administrative Office.

Who works at the SAW Center?
Mount Holyoke undergraduates, across all class years, staff the SAW Center in the MEWS on the main level of Dwight Hall.

What kind of help will I receive from a SAW mentor?
The SAW Center is designed to offer students a unique opportunity to get useful feedback on their writing and speaking assignments. SAW mentors will discuss your assignment with you and make suggestions on approaching a topic, organizing a paper, developing your style, refining your thesis, or correcting recurring errors. They will discuss your product and process. Mentors may also direct you to other resources for further assistance. Mentors will not edit or proofread a paper or write any part of your paper for you.

How can I schedule an appointment at the SAW Center?
To schedule an appointment at the SAW Center, please make your appointment online. You will be asked to register with a username (use your full Mount Holyoke email address) and password.

I am a five college student, can I use the SAW Center?
Yes, the SAW Center is resource available to all members of the five college consortium. Please use your full college email address when you create an account in the online scheduler.

How long are SAW Center appointments?
SAW mentors are available for 30 minute and 60 minute appointments.

How many appointments can I schedule per week?
You can schedule two 60 minute appointments or four 30 minute appointments per week at the SAW Center. In addition, you may visit the Center during as many drop-in hours as you would like.

When are drop-in hours?
The SAW Center has morning and evening drop-in hours. The morning drop-in hour is 10-11am and the evening drop-in hour is 7-8pm. Drop-in appointments will not count toward your weekly appointment limit.

What type of writing or speaking assignment can I bring to the SAW Center?
SAW mentors are trained to assist their peers with reflection responses, lab reports, analytical papers,application essays, presentations, personal statements, speeches, and more.

I am in the beginning stages of my assignment, can I still make an appointment?
Absolutely. You can visit the SAW Center during any stage of your assignment. SAW mentors offer support at all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming to the final draft.

Is the SAW Center open during Reading Days?
Yes, the SAW Center has an extended schedule during Reading Days each semester that will be posted to the online scheduler.

Is the SAW Center open during Final Examinations Week?
The SAW Center is closed during the examination period at the end of each semester.

I scheduled an appointment but can no longer make it, how can I cancel my appointment?
You can modify or cancel your appointment by logging in to the online scheduler. You can cancel your session up to 24 hours ahead of time in the online scheduler, otherwise you may call the SAW Center at 413-538-2651 to speak with a receptionist. To learn more, please view the SAW Center's cancellation policy.