How the Writing Center Can Help Graduate Students

The Writing Center serves students of every level, including students in IUP master's and doctoral programs. If you're a graduate student, tutors are equipped to work with you at every step of your academic journey.

Writing Center tutors can help graduate students by...

  • Providing feedback on all types of graduate-level writing, including essays for graduate courses, theses, dissertations, and cover letters.
  • Giving you the opportunity to explain your interests and intentions in your writing, which often leads to a deeper understanding of the subject.
  • Pointing out issues—such as inconsistencies, common grammar mistakes, or ambiguity—that can make a text seem unclear or unprofessional.
  • Helping you better understand professors' instructions, expectations, and perspectives. Furthermore, tutors can help you prepare publications and materials for career or academic advancement, including curriculum vitae and personal statements.

Undergraduate tutors can help, too!

Though it is sometimes possible for graduate students to work with graduate tutors or professors emeritus, undergraduate tutors have a lot to offer graduate students. All Writing Center tutors—undergraduates and graduates—are trained to listen to writers' needs and provide solutions that equip the writer to tackle his or her own work.

Because tutors work cooperatively with students and not as editors, graduate students can gain valuable insights from any tutor and should feel comfortable working with both undergraduates and graduates.

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: Adelay Witherite

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