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Writing Support

Writing Support

Following are several tips to help you plan for your appointment, so you can make the most of your session with a Writing Consultant:

  • If you’re unclear about an assignment or a professor’s comments on your work, meet with him/her in advance to clarify expectations or questions   
  • Review your assignment and any writing you’ve begun; jot down ideas, questions, and areas of concern so you have them organized and ready  
  • If you haven’t begun drafting your paper yet, it is often useful to engage in some “prewriting”—such as brainstorming ideas, free writing or sketching a rough outline—to get your ideas flowing before your appointment; if this is an area for which you are seeking support, this can be done during the appointment
  • Have a goal of one or two key things on which you’d like to focus; there will not be time to review an entire paper during one session
  • If you're working on a group and/or collaborative assignment, keep in mind the Writing Consultant is only able to help with the part you wrote; your whole group may come in for a group session, though please indicate this when scheduling the appointment

Plan ahead and allow plenty of time between your appointment and deadline for preparing or revising your paper; you may need to schedule more than one session on different days to address all of your writing concerns.

Sessions take the form of a dialogue, so plan to be actively engaged in discussing and exchanging ideas about how to strengthen aspects of your writing.

 What to Bring to Your Writing Support Appointment

  • Your agenda for the session—one to two key areas on which you'd like to focus
  • The assignment sheet/writing prompt, so the Writing Consultant has a better understanding of the project your professor has assigned
  • Any pertinent reading assignments, books, or other sources
  • Any work-in-progress notes, free write, outline, or rough draft 
  • If you've begun writing, two printed copies of your essay (one for you and one for the Writing Consultant); note that printing is not available at the Center
  • Comments or feedback provided by your instructor on an essay (if available)
  • Paper for taking notes and a pencil/pen
  • Only one project per session to ensure productive conferences





Preparing for Your Appointment

What to Expect During Your Session

Plagiarism and Other Policies

Tutorials and Writing Resources

Contact Information

Learning, Advising, and Balance
Carnegie Hall, First Floor
P: 510.430.3360

Last Updated: 9/1/17