Working with a Writing Consultant (Undergraduate Students)
Here are answers to questions undergraduate students typically ask about working with a writing consultant.
Q: How can you help me with citations and formatting?
A: As a graduate student you probably have a fair amount of experience with the basics of the citation style used in your field. Often grad students come to us with trickier questions that go beyond the basics. Just like you, we rely on the current style manual to answer those questions. We have the manuals on hand and can help you look for the information. If the answer is not clear from the book, you will probably want to ask one of your professors for guidance.
Q: Can you edit my paper for me?
A: If your main concern is "correctness"--getting the grammar, punctuation, and spelling right--we can help you develop your editing skills. Sometimes it's a matter of learning a few simple proofreading techniques. Or it may mean using the handbooks, spellcheckers, and resources we have on hand.
Q: My paper is due in an hour. Can you help me?
A: You will need time after your session to make changes to your draft. You can get the most out of your session by setting up your appointment in advance of your paper's due date. The amount of lead time you'll need will vary depending on the type of assignment and how much work you've already done, but usually the bare minimum is a day before the paper is due.