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One-on-one undergraduate writing consultation

What to Expect in a Consultation

Writing Consultants strive to uphold the Writing Hub's Core Principles and Practices. 

You can expect that the Writing Consultant will want to talk with you about your paper and the thinking and ideas that you are trying to express in your paper.

Our goals are that you 1) leave your writing consultation with specific and actionable feedback for making progress on your paper, and 2) learn something about writing along the way that you can use next time. 

All undergraduate consultation appointments are 30 minutes, and you can make up to 3 appointments per week. 

What You Can Expect from a Consultation: 

  • Help with every stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to final draft.
  • Supportive, in-depth conversation about your ideas and your writing process.
  • Insights into bigger writing contexts, meaning the consultant will explain the bigger picture behind their suggestions and questions, so that you can learn general writing principles. 
  • Friendly talk about your concerns/challenges with this project. The writing consultant will do their best to address your specific concerns as well as other things they see in your writing. 
  • Mutual problem-solving. If something is unclear, the consultant will talk with you about your thinking and bring those insights back to your draft. Together, you and the consultant will problem-solve to figure out what to do next. 
  • Situationally-appropriate feedback and suggestions. Consultants will try to take into account the due date, assignment requirements, and other important factors when they give you feedback. 

What You Shouldn't Expect from a Consultation: 

  • Proofreading or editing: the consultant wants to engage you in your own work through conversation. So while they won't proofread or edit your writing, they will help you develop strategies for making sentence-level revisions for better clarity. 
  • The consultant to give you ideas: the consultant wants to know what you think, so they will ask you questions to develop your own ideas and get you thinking deeper about course material. 
  • The consultant to be familiar with the specifics of your course: even if the consultant is unfamiliar with your particular course/assignment, they will use whatever prompts and course materials that are available (either sent to us by instructors or that you bring in).
  • The consultant to sign a form or give you proof: after every appointment, your consultant will send you an email with a session summary form that you can use to send to your instructor or TA.