Graduate Writing Center Consulting Philosophy*

Consultants are encouraged to:

  • Promote collaborative learning, in which both the consultee and the consultant work together to maximize understanding.
  • Assist with any writing related to the consultee's academic and professional goals, except those forms of writing excluded by the assistance policy.
  • Listen more than talk and keep the consultee actively involved in the session.
  • Offer honest and practical encouragement and constructive criticism.
  • Admit when they cannot answer a question and direct the consultee to the proper resources.
  • Use the resources of the center--books, handouts, and other consultants--to supplement their consulting sessions.
  • Disclose and/or recuse themselves from conflict-of-interest situations arising from intellectual property, funding competition, or other issues.

Consultants are prohibited from:

  • Doing the work for a consultee or imposing ideas on a consultee.
  • Proofreading and editing papers for mechanical and grammatical errors without explanation or discussion with the consultee.
  • Assisting a consultee with writing for examinations or other excluded types of writing (see assistance policy).
  • Assisting a consultee with writing for a class in violation of any official course policies about assistance.
  • Predicting a consultee's grade, either for a paper or for a class.
  • Working with a consultee either outside of the GWC or outside of the consultant's scheduled work hours.
  • Assisting a consultee who is not on the schedule (an unscheduled drop-in).

*The Graduate Writing Center Consulting Philosophy is based closely on the philosophy of the former UCLA Covel Tutorials, but with some modifications to address graduate-level writing issues.