Tips To Streamline Your Workshop Visit

Have you checked out the Writing Workshop yet?

Yeah, we know, we talk about it a lot. But seriously: the Workshop provides intelligent, meticulous tutors who will gladly read your papers at convenient times, all for free. Isn’t that better than emailing your drafts to mom and dad?

If you haven’t visited the Workshop yet, now’s a great time to head over before next week’s midterms rush begins! By this point in the semester, you’ve likely been returned some graded assignments. If you haven’t done as well as you’d hoped, or even if you’re doing great and want to make sure you stay on track, come visit the Workshop!

Before you head over, brainstorm some answers to the following two questions to make your session as efficient as possible:

  1. What am I most concerned about with this assignment?
  2. What do I want to accomplish in this session?

For instance, say you’re writing an anthropology paper that seems to be arguing two different things. You’re worried that the thesis you started out with is not the thesis you ended up with. (Perfect candidate for a Workshop paper!) Your answers might be:

  1. I’m most concerned that my thesis is not consistent.
  2. By the end of this session, I want to have a clear and concise thesis statement that reflects what my paper is actually arguing.

If you go into your session with these thoughts in mind and communicate them to your tutor, he or she will be able to zero in on the problems you’re most nervous about. This way, you won’t spend the majority of the session talking about other aspects of your writing that, while worthy of mention, don’t get at the heart of your concerns. Coming into the session with a clear idea of where you want to be when you leave makes a tremendous difference!

Remember, the Workshop is open on Sundays – Thursdays from 7-11 pm and on Mondays – Thursdays from 1-4 pm. Check out the more detailed schedule here!

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