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the difference between barely writing and BEARLY WRITING

Schedule an appointment with a GWS tutor: Appointment@GWS

Monday, February 14, 2022 through Friday, May 13, 2022


Cornell post-graduates (graduate students, professional students, post-docs, and faculty) can work with Graduate Writing Service tutors to refine and develop strategies for drafting and revising writing projects and teaching materials:

Dissertation Chapters, Seminar Papers, Research Proposals, Conference Presentations, Journal Articles, White Papers, Literature Reviews, Dossiers, Job Letters, Grant Applications, Teaching Statements, Teaching Philosophies, Syllabi, Lesson Plans, Writing Assignment Handouts, and Strategies for Responding to and Grading Student Writing.

During a GWS session, tutors may help writers to:
  • get started with writing projects and teaching artifacts by brainstorming organizational schemes, evaluating materials, defining research questions.
  • explore ways to shape coherent arguments, make strong use of evidence, work with appropriate citation conventions.
  • consider questions about depth of analysis, organization, thesis statements, paragraph development, audience expectations, style, sentence structure.
  • identify patterns of error in grammar or usage in order to develop effective strategies for line editing.

Writers meet with tutors in 172 Rockefeller Hall (face-to-face appointments currently suspended) or online using an internet-based video, audio, or synchronous messaging platform (Online Tutoring). They can also submit drafts for a tutor's written feedback (eTutoring).

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Our tutoring program is by appointment only, so to get started, writers need to register for an account and make an appointment.

Next, you need to decide how you would like our feedback.

If you schedule an ONLINE APPOINTMENT, you will meet with a tutor in a platform similar to a Zoom or Skype. You and the tutor can view, edit, and discuss your draft synchronously. You will be able to see each other (if you both enable the video feature), chat out loud (if you have a microphone or camera), or type in a messaging window on the right side of the screen. To prepare for your appointment, you should:

  • upload a draft within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment time.
  • a few minutes before your scheduled appointment time, log in to the scheduling site at
  • click on your red appointment block
  • look for red text in the middle of the pop-up window "Start or join online consultation."
  • click "Start or join online consultation" to open online meeting
  • Tutors are prepared to help you navigate technology issues—they will email you to check-in and offer help should you have any trouble “showing up.”

If you schedule an eTUTORING APPOINTMENT, you must upload a draft 24 hours before your scheduled appointment time. The tutor will read and respond to your draft and upload written comments by the end of the scheduled timeslot.



Graduate Writing Service LogoFEEDBACK & QUESTIONS

  • Have you visited the Graduate Writing Service recently? Would you like to offer us your feedback? Click here: GWS Feedback.
  • For answers to questions about the Service or if you need special assistance, contact Dr. Tracy Hamler Carrick, Knight Institute Writing Workshop Director and Graduate Writing Service Director.
  • Review our Editing Policy