Revising after Visiting Your Writing Center

If your school has a writing center, plan to take advantage of it. Writing centers usually offer students one-on-one advice at any point in the writing process. It helps to understand what writing center tutors typically can and cannot do.

Writing Center Tutors Do Writing Center Tutors Do Not
  • Help you create a plan for completing a writing assignment.
  • Create a plan for you.
  • Suggest effective prewriting strategies to help you explore and focus your topic.
  • Narrow down your topic for you.
  • Provide feedback on your thesis statement ideas.
  • Write your thesis statement for you.
  • Suggest research strategies for finding sources to support your thesis.
  • Gather source materials for you.
  • Review your outline and suggest places that may need more or less detail.
  • Create an outline for you.
  • Review your draft and provide constructive feedback, often in a face-to-face meeting.
  • Write or revise your draft for you.
  • Point out grammatical errors, especially recurring problems.
  • Proofread and correct your paper for you.

To make the most of your writing center visits, plan ahead: