How the Writing Center Can Help with Grammar

  • Students visiting the Writing Center frequently ask for help with grammar issues, such as sentence fragments and subject-verb agreement. 

    If you need help with grammar, Writing Center tutors can help you by…

    • helping you identify the grammatical error or errors you commonly make—tutors often do this by reading your paper with you, and doing so slowly.
    • showing you how to locate and correct your most common errors.
    • asking you to identify sentences or phrases that sound awkward to you as we read together.
    • consulting reference books and/or online resources.
    • offering suggestions for proofreading your papers on your own, including reading it aloud yourself or someone else.
    • giving you time to proofread your paper on your own. Many students are able to work alone to fix errors once they know what to look for.
    • providing help sheets for common grammatical mistakes.

    As a reminder, tutoring sessions typically...

    • last 30 to 45 minutes.
    • focus on one or two writing issues.
    • help to develop and focus ideas as you talk one-on-one with a tutor.
    • identify aspects of the paper you need to improve on your own.
    • conclude with a short evaluation form.
    • respect the confidentiality of your visit; a tutor will send a report form to your instructor only at your request.

    Written by: Chris Taylor