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Prepare for a Session

  • Expect to make an appointment for a 45-minute session.

  • Plan to meet one-to-one with a trained writing assistant to work on some aspect of your writing assignment.

  • Bring your syllabus, assignment sheet, readings, and/or class notes with you.

  • Be ready to explain, in your own words, what you want to work on, even if you're confused about it.

  • If you would like to work on an existing draft of your paper, bring a hard copy with you to the session.

  • If you bring a draft, expect to read it to your writing assistant who will listen and give you feedback about its overall effect.

  • Consider your writing assistant an informed reader who will help you understand your writing by asking you questions about it.

  • Don't expect the writing assistant to edit your paper. In order to become a better writer, it is important to understand all aspects of the process.