Graduate Student Tutorials

GRADUATE STUDENT INTAKE POLICY

The Writing Center asks that all graduate students who are interested in one-on-one tutorials meet with the Coordinator for Graduate Writing Support before scheduling an appointment. These meetings help determine the best plan for tutoring and the best fit with a tutor. Please email the Coordinator of Graduate Writing Support at gradwriting@uconn.edu to make an appointment.

We implemented this policy to better serve graduate students because the Center is primarily designed for and staffed by undergraduates. Graduate writing projects are longer and more complex than those for undergraduates, and we want to make sure that any one-on-one tutoring is tailored to these challenges. Meeting with the Coordinator of Graduate Writing Support will help you find a good tutorial match based on experience and field of expertise. In addition, we can discuss other services offered by the Writing Center or other departments that might complement a tutoring plan.

If you have had already had an intake meeting but are starting a new writing project, please schedule a meeting with Coordinator of Graduate Writing Support to develop a new tutoring plan.

NOTICE: Due to procedures implemented by UConn to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, tutoring sessions and intake meetings will be held virtually. See our homepage for more details.

TUTORIALS

Graduate students can meet with writing tutors one-on-one at no cost, just as undergraduates can. However, we ask that graduate students interested in tutoring meet with the Coordinator for Graduate Writing Support for an intake session before scheduling any appointments (see above). Please note that while undergraduate students are allowed to schedule up to three appointments per week, graduate students may only schedule one per week.

Tutoring sessions are 45 minutes long and can address a range of issues from generating ideas to considering audience to revising a draft so that it is clear and focused. Please see how our tutorials work to learn more.

Our tutoring philosophy is the same for undergrads and grads; tutors act as writing coaches and offer strategies to help the writer reach their goals for the project. This can include work on grammar, variation, clarity, and other style-related issues, but the Writing Center is not a proofreading or copy-editing service. Graduate writers who need copy-editing services are encouraged to hire an editor. You can email gradwriting@uconn.edu for a list of local editors for hire. These editors do not work for UConn, and they do charge fees.

OTHER SERVICES

Students seeking extended work on a large project may be better served by enrolling in our 5-week (no credit) seminar in academic writing for graduate students. We also offer several other writing productivity services designed specifically for UConn’s graduate students, including retreats, and boot camps.

Gabe Morrison
Coordinator for Graduate Writing Support
University Writing Center
University of Connecticut, Storrs  

Office: Homer Babbidge Library, Level 2, Room 128
Email: gradwriting@uconn.edu