Will consultants proofread or edit students’ writing?
We usually begin consultations with discussions of global writing issues—meeting the requirements of an assignment, developing a thesis statement, supporting ideas with evidence, and organizing those ideas. Within those discussions, consultants work with students on local concerns, such as grammar, usage, syntax, or punctuation. Consultants also guide students in learning proofreading and revision strategies, so students feel confident making local revisions outside of the Writing Center. While consultants are happy to talk about proofreading and revision strategies, they will not act as copy editors.