Our mission as writing consultants is to assist you as you analyze your paper and explore ways to improve it. Our primary concern is to help you become a better writer. To do this, we challenge you to learn more about composition and the conventions of Standard English.
Although the paper is often the medium we use to teach you about writing, we are not overly concerned with it. Our focus is to teach you how to improve it, not to do the work ourselves. For example, we don't have time to edit or proofread the paper, but we'll be glad to teach you how to do it. We also don't want you to get bogged down on inserting commas when you have a problem with organization and logic. We hope that with our guidance you'll end up with a better paper, but we can't guarantee that.
As writing consultants, we make suggestions, explore alternatives, and show you how good writers evaluate text so that you can learn to evaluate your own work without our help. If we see patterns of error, we'll be glad to explain the errors and how to avoid them. We usually suggest that you write another draft, and we'll be glad to help you evaluate that draft as well. If you have trouble mastering a skill, we'll recommend our self-paced review materials that you can study on your own so that you can acquire the skills you need.
Because our resources are limited, we have set up the following guidelines: