Studio Guidelines

When to Visit the Studio

  • You have no clue what to write or speak about
  • You have some good ideas but want to bounce them off of someone else
  • You know your paper or speech has "issues"
  • You are finished, but you think you need another opinion
  • You are confused about punctuation, grammar, or pronunciation
  • A teacher encourages you to make an appointment
  • You would like guidance with research and citing sources

How to Make an Appointment

We welcome walk-in appointments or 30- to 50-minute sessions. Consultations happen in the Studio, Library 116.

What to Bring

  • Questions
  • Ideas
  • Assignment sheet
  • Draft of your paper or speech (if you have one)
  • A pencil or pen
  • Sources (if you're writing research)
  • Any other materials that will help the consultant help you

What You Will Do

  • Talk with the consultant
  • Read your paper aloud or listen as the consultant reads it aloud; practice your speech with the consultant as the audience 
  • Ask questions and respond to the consultant's questions and suggestions
  • Learn to find and revise your own errors in your papers and oral presentations

What the Consultant Will Do

  • Ask questions
  • Make suggestions
  • Help you identify your strengths and weaknesses
  • Help you see options for revision

What the Consultant Will Not Do

  • Write your paper or speech for you 
  • Correct every mistake in your written work (NOTE: Editing is a highly technical skill. Consultants are not trained editors or proofreaders. They can help you find error patterns and teach you how to address them, though.)
  • Let you drop off your paper or presentation and pick it up later

Tips for a Successful Consultation

  • Come by and see us as soon as you get an assignment
  • Come often
  • Visit at every stage of the process
  • Bring necessary materials
  • Plan to spend 30-50 minutes with a peer consultant 
  • Be committed to your own progress and success
  • Be nice to the consultants

Please Remember . . .

  • Consultants work with peers on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Students should not expect to work with a consultant more than one session an evening to allow everyone opportunity to take advantage of the Studio's services.