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Services for Graduate Students

The Writing Center has two tutors who work specifically with graduate students on their writing projects, theses, and dissertations. They try to find mutually convenient times to meet with this population, recognizing that often these students are working professionals.

It is important, though, for graduate students and their advisors to understand what the tutors will and will not do for these students.

We are not editors; we are tutors.

To explain the difference clearly, we have prepared the document below.


What the Writing Center Will Do for Graduate Student Thesis and Dissertation Writers

  • work with students to help them craft clearer sentences
  • offer students suggestions with regard to the organization of their documents
  • offer students comments and provide them with instruction, models, and resources for proper grammar and mechanics
  • help students to observe the style guidelines of their chosen or required citation style (e.g., MLA, APA, IEEE)
  • work with students to help them paraphrase, cite, and avoid plagiarism
  • help students to find the answers to their questions about the style guidelines of their chosen or required citation style and/or the guidelines outlined by the Graduate School
  • require documents of ten to thirty pages in length at least three days before scheduled in-person sessions
  • meet with and/or offer asynchronous electronic consultations on student work of ten to thirty pages in length once a week
  • require documents of over thirty pages in length at least one week before scheduled in-person sessions
  • meet with and/or offer asynchronous electronic consultations on student work of over thirty pages in length once every two weeks

What the Writing Center Will Not Do for Graduate Student Thesis and Dissertation Writers

  • rewrite sentences or sections for students
  • proofread or edit student documents line by line
  • fix or format student documents so that they conform to the style guidelines of their chosen or required citation style or to the guidelines outlined by the Graduate School
  • accept walk-in appointments for students looking to discuss more than ten pages of their work
  • meet with and/or offer asynchronous electronic consultations for students with a greater frequency than that which the policy outlines

If you are a graduate student interested in working with one of our tutors, please contact Ms. Billie Tadros, Assistant Director of the Writing Center, at billie.tadros@louisiana.edu.

If you are a faculty member who would like to have one of our graduate tutors make a presentation to your class, please contact Ms. Denise Rogers, Director of the Writing Center, at drogers@louisiana.edu