What to Do after a Writing Center Appointment

A Writing Center appointment can be an empowering experience. You may feel confident about your next steps to passing your task. However, without a concrete strategy, that feeling may last only a short time.


Here are some strategies that can lead to improved articulation:


  • Review the study plan. In your follow-up email, you’ll find a list of action items based on patterns of errors that require a conscious effort on your part to achieve competency.
  • Open attachments and read the comments. Make sure the comments are visible and understandable. Any feedback that you cannot access or understand is useless, so contact us if you have problems.
  • Review linked resources. For persistent errors, visit the links provided and study the topics in the Writing Center's Guide to Academic Writing. Errors that haunt you frequently may require regular visits to the Guide as grammar rules need continuous practice and self-reminders to heighten awareness and eventually “settle into” your writing.
  • Make a checklist from the comments. Keep a checklist of the error patterns on sticky notes in your office or on your desktop screen. Use the list in your proofreading. Observe how language is used when reading. Practice writing example sentences that reflect the correct usage. The more you utilize your checklist, the better your self-editing skills will become!
  • Revise what is highlighted. Unfortunately, some errors can go easily unnoticed, so be sure to mark errors on your task using the available tools in your word processor. Visual markers have been proven in research to increase linguistic awareness.









  • Make revisions beyond what is covered. Comments from instructors are representative samples of repetitive error patterns. It is ultimately your job to scan throughout your task to revise the remaining errors.
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes in a revision process can often lead to better accuracy because your mind will have worked through the rules by testing hypotheses and applying rules. Feedback you receive from such mental workouts will lead to a clearer understanding of the rules and will stick for the long run.
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