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Tutoring for Graduate Students

The Writing and Speaking Center provides tutoring support for all members of the University community, including AS&E graduate students. In fact, we offer dedicated hours especially for graduate students.

Whether you’re working on a seminar paper, a conference paper, a dissertation proposal, or a fellowship application, our writing tutors can help you at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to revising. While we cannot provide subject-area expertise or proofreading services, we can discuss writing strategies and principles, and share reader-based feedback on your work as general academic readers.

AS&E graduate students can schedule any available appointment, but we encourage you to schedule a “Grad Student Appointment,” which are appointments reserved for graduate students. These types of appointments:

  • Can be scheduled back-to-back (for a total of two hours), and part of this time can be used for writing
  • Will not be given to undergraduates during busy times of the semester (which might happen with regular tutoring appointments)
  • Feature writing tutors who have been specially trained to work with graduate-student writers

Whether you choose a “Grad Student Appointment” or a regular appointment*, a tutoring session might include discussions about:

  • Strategies for project management, including developing time management skills, setting reasonable short-term and long-term goals, recognizing progress, and creating action plans that help you meet writing and revision goals
  • Planning strategies, such as outlining, free writing, and other pre-writing activities
  • Strategies for crafting effective literature reviews, proposals, or abstracts
  • Organizational strategies
  • Revision and self-editing strategies

*NOTE: If you schedule an appointment that is not specifically a “Grad Student Appointment,” you may be asked to reschedule if there are undergraduates on a waiting list.

Interested in meeting with a tutor? schedule an appointment.

Speaking Appointments

The Speaking Fellows are undergraduate tutors who can provide feedback on speeches and presentations for classes and beyond. They can help with many aspects of spoken communication, including:

  • Planning, practicing, and polishing speeches and presentations, including thesis defenses
  • Leading class discussions
  • Practicing for interviews
  • Developing visual aids (including posters)
  • Overcoming speech anxiety

Interested in meeting with a Speaking Fellow? Check out the drop-in hours or schedule an appointment.