Consultations

Student consultant works with student using laptop.

To help students improve writing, presenting and researching skills, Writing Resources consultants review:

  • Writing Projects
  • Digital Presentations
  • Graduate School Personal Statements
  • Creative Writing

In other words, though we assist in the revision of drafts, our main concern is enhancing a student’s writing, presenting, and researching PROCESS.

Our approach to learning is centered around peer reviewing, not peer editing. We won’t tell you what to write in your paper or say during your presentation. We will point out the errors you may be repeating again and again, and help you build on your strengths.

For creative writers, we can help you bridge the gap between your own writing projects and your academic writing. If you are considering submission to a literary journal or magazine, our consultants will be happy to review your pieces and offer constructive criticism. Many of our consultants are creative writers themselves and know how important it is to respect a writer’s personal voice and style.

What to expect during a consultation

Please bring with you:

  • your laptop or a copy of your draft and a pen
  • a copy of the assignment
  • any other relevant information from your professor.

Consultation ExpectationConsultants will ask students to read part or all of their work aloud so the student can correct any minor typos and the consultant can get a feel for the student’s writing style.

The consultant will address the issues of the paper in accordance with the high-to-low order concerns method.

The consultant will then schedule a follow-up appointment if necessary. At the end of each consultation, the consultant will write a session log to document the issues addressed and the progress made by the student. A copy of the session log will then be sent to the student’s professor so that the professor is informed of the student’s work progress.

Some things to keep in mind

  • We don’t edit, but we do show students how to edit
  • We don’t do research for students, but we do work with students to develop effective research methods
  • We don’t “fix” student work, but we can help students assess their strengths and weaknesses
  • We don’t “give” students ideas, but we can help students brainstorm
  • We don’t predict grades, but we will try our hardest to help students

Scheduling an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, visit the Writing Resources website. First time users must register by going to the “Click Here to Register” link on the log in page. Once registered, students can go online anytime to schedule, change, or cancel a consultation. All consultations are 50 minutes. For questions or help, call us at 859-985-3404. Walk-ins are welcome!

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