Frequently Asked Questions

Can I drop off my paper or send my roommate with a draft?

All consultations happen with the writer present. Consultants talk (or chat online) with you about your goals for the writing and your plans for revision, so your participation in the session is integral. Consultants will not discuss your paper (content, structure, grammar, etc.) with anyone but you - unless you are present and willing to invite other voices into the conversation about your piece. 

I really need help proofreading my paper. Do you help writers with that?

Yes, we will help you with grammar and mechanics. However, consultants will not edit your paper for you. If you come into the writing center to work on grammar and mechanics, a consultant will help you to locate patterns of error and errors that impede communication. The consultant will help you learn how to identify and fix those errors, while helping you learn how to use online and print resources--such as handbooks--in the editing/proofreading process. The expectation is that by focusing time and attention on a few errors in depth, you will leave the writing center more knowledgeable and confident, and that you can continue to work on identifying and fixing those errors in your writing on your own.  

How long will a consultation last?

onsultations should last for 30 minutes. This time frame helps you and the consultant stay focused on your concerns for the draft and your plans for revision. As you'll see, a lot can happen in 30 minutes! 

Can I have more than one consultation in a day?

As a standard policy, we find that if we guarantee everyone ONE consultation per day, we can help everyone as fairly as we can. Our guideline, therefore, is to limit each writer to one consultation per day. You are allowed to have one consultation everyday that classes are in session & we are open. Our consultants want to help you; so exceptions to this rule have been made in the past. If you feel you deserve more time, just talk it out with your consultant. Also, it is important to know that there are other peer consulting services that may be able to help you out. To learn more, please visit the Knowledge Market Homepage

Will you tell me whether my paper is of "A" quality?

Because they are not professors, consultants will not grade your writing or tell you that the writing is "finished" and ready for submission. As experienced readers, trained responders, and good writers themselves, they have many useful suggestions for you to consider when revising, but these suggestions should not be interpreted as "grading" your writing.

My professor is offering extra credit for coming in today, how can we let them know I did it?

After your consultation is over, the writing consultant will walk you through our records-keeping system: session notes. At this time, you will record a basic summary of what was accomplished or planned in your session; and after, you'll have the option to send a receipt of the notes to your professor. The professor, then, will receive a copy of the session notes in their email. Just be sure to tell your consultant at this time. Additionally, if you forget to send the notes to your professor at the time of your session, just reach out to us, and we'll send it to your professor ourselves.

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