During Your Consultation

Your writing consultant will consider global issues first. For example, the consultant will make sure you have a strong thesis statement or that the thesis is effectively supported before helping you with such concerns as grammar and usage. The reason global issues are considered before local ones is that if your thesis or supporting evidence is weak and needs to be improved, changes in grammar or usage will not make your paper stronger.

The consultants at the Center for Excellence in Writing will not edit or proofread your papers for you. They will not do the thinking or the writing for you. Instead, their goal is to teach you to critically think about your paper so that you can become a strong writer. You always remain in control of your writing during the session.