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SC Writing Center FAQs

SC Writing Center FAQs

Q: Why should I request an online consultation?

A: Academic writing, like all professional writing, is purposeful communication.  One-on-one consultation with a faculty writing mentor holds the potential to:

  • meet the learner at his/her present writing level to
  • gain clarity in the rudiments of purposeful academic writing structure;
  • identify the individual writer’s respective strengths and weaknesses;
  • develop skills in revision and editing of one’s own writing efforts;
  • and to become a more confident academic and professional writer.

Q: What kind of writing might one seek help with?

A: Come to the consultation to receive guidance at any stage in the writing process for help with any type of writing and/or writing-related issue, across the curriculum, with the single stipulation that one must submit a writing prior to the consult. This serves as a place to start and facilitates the consultant’s preparation ahead of the meeting.

Q: Do the consultants provide editing services?

A: Consultants will guide the learner to gain clarity on writing concepts and strategies including grammar, punctuation, and sentence construction.  The Writing Center does NOT provide editing services. One might consider web-sites such as where one has the opportunity to submit one’s writing and receive immediate feedback.

Q: What can I expect from a 30-minute virtual consultation?

A: In a typical consultation, the learner can expect to receive answers to writing-related concerns.  In the alternative, the consultant will recommend goals for the session and/or provide guidance in meeting assignment requirements.   

Depending on the learner’s individual needs and/or the specific assignment instructions, the consultant might guide the conversation in the direction of:

  • brainstorming and narrowing to a topic
  • thesis development
  • essay structure and development
  • topic sentences and paragraph development
  • prewriting and organizational strategies
  • audience identification
  • understanding and effectively using APA manuscript style and documentation
  • avoiding plagiarism   
  • revision and editing
  • addressing specific grammar and sentence-level issues