Individual Grad Consultations

1-on-1 Consultations

You can use our scheduler to make an appointment at our Holmes or Snell locations. Please keep in mind that:

  • We are a multidisciplinary Writing Center that serves undergraduates, graduates, and faculty. You will likely be working with an undergraduate or graduate student, and they may not be a specialist in your field of study.
  • Our consultations are 45 minutes long, and we do not read material before the session.
Tips for your Session

The following strategies may help you have more successful sessions with achievable goals.

  1. Consider a realistic goal for a 45 minute session. For example, this might include how many pages you’d like to go over and distinguishing between macro discussions (about structure) and micro discussions (about grammar and vocabulary). Typically, for big-picture discussions, you can cover more pages during a consultation. For closer looks at grammar and vocabulary, you might only be able to comb through a few pages.
  2. Schedule multiple appointments with the same tutor. You can schedule up to two sessions a week, but note that our appointment system will not allow you to book two appointments on the same day. If you would like to schedule two appointments back-to-back, please contact Alison Stephens (a.stephens@northeastern.eduat least one week in advance. This exception is only for clients who are bringing in a draft of a dissertation, thesis, or manuscript, and it is subject to the availability of our tutors.
    Note: during concurrent sessions,
    tutors may request a 15 minute break after the first 45-minutes, or they may end the session at 90 minutes.
  3. Bring in mentor texts for whatever it is that you’re trying to write. Mentor texts are clear examples of a certain kind of writing; we look to them to teach us the style and form of a genre. Our consultants find it helpful when they can see a model of what you’re trying to write. If you’re not sure where to find a mentor text, ask your advisor or another professor/professional in the field.
What Your Consultant Can Do
  • Listen to your ideas and help you outline
  • Ask you questions about your research to help you highlight its significance
  • Provide feedback on structure, transitions, and the progression of your argument
  • Give refreshers on library research strategies
  • Help you analyze your mentor texts and discover the linguistic forms of your discipline
  • Read for grammar/clarity and provide assistance with editing and choosing appropriate words
  • Connect you to resources about writing in your discipline
What Your Consultant Cannot Do
  • Act as a substitute for your advisor
  • Provide discipline-specific feedback on your content
  • Edit your paper for you. We believe that the writer should always be in the “driver’s seat” in terms of working on the paper.

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