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, Mauri Liberati, before scheduling an appointment. These meetings help determine the best plan for tutoring and the best fit with a tutor. Please stop by her office hours (Tuesday 10am-noon and Wednesday 2pm-4pm in our Writing Center location on Level 2) or feel free to email her 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 Mauri will aid you in finding a good tutorial match based on experience and field of expertise, and we can also schedule an appropriate number of sessions that takes into account the length of your project and your goals for it. In addition, we can discuss other services offered by the Writing Center or other departments that might complement a tutoring plan. These meetings, therefore, are an opportunity to ensure effective tutoring and to meet the unique demands of graduate writing.

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

We ask that you keep in mind that, rather than line editing and proofreading, tutorials are geared toward improving your writing skills and developing strategies to meet your writing goals. 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.

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 services designed specifically for UConn’s graduate students, including retreats, and boot camps; please see our website and discuss these with Mauri too.

TUTORIALS

Graduate students can meet with writing tutors one-on-one at no cost, just as undergraduates can. However, we do ask that graduate students interested in tutoring meet with the Coordinator for Graduate Writing Support for an intake session before scheduling any appointments. Email Mauri at gradwriting@uconn.edu to set up an appointment. 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. 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. Please see how our tutorials work to learn more.