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Graduate Level Writing Assistance:

From Brainstorming to Thesis Assistance

All subjects, topics, and courses 5000 and above welcome! The Advanced Research and Curriculum (ARC) Writing Consultant assists all graduate students develop into more advanced, productive, and professional writers. This is accomplished by providing free individual- and small-group tutoring sessions, online assistance, peer review/writing sessions, writing and professional workshops, and thesis and dissertation (MA, MS, and PhD) formatting and feedback sessions to TAMIU graduate students.

Like traditional undergraduate tutors, the Writing Consultant provides guidance with the writing process (idea development, revision, and editing) as well as refreshers on sentence mechanics and grammar as needed. However, graduate student writers strive to meet the heightened standards of their instructors and the professional world, and the Writing Consultant guides the students through these processes. Because graduate work is mostly writing and research, the Writing Consultant provides these students with opportunities to discuss their research processes, incorporate scholarly sources into their writing, brainstorm research questions, collaborate with experienced writers who share their academic goals, and organize their ongoing thesis writing

 

Services Offered

 

GRADUATE TUTORING SESSIONS

Available both for individual and small groups of graduate students. If discussing specific assignments or essays, you MUST bring any available instructions, materials, or rubrics provided by your instructors about the project. This is NOT a drop-off editing service; this is a topic-focused time for graduate students to receive judgment-free refresher tips for sentences and grammar, troubleshoot problems with research, discuss organization techniques, or get a seasoned, second pair of eyes on some advanced writing. Tutoring is offered in both 45 minute and 1 hour blocks, and late night hours are expected to be especially popular with graduate students who often have day jobs and families.

THESIS AND DISSERTATION SUPPORT SESSIONS

Available for MA, MS, and PhD students who are looking for help with their formatting (APA, MLA, Chicago, and other styles all welcome), their structure and organization, sentences and grammar, or brainstorming or discussion. Our writing consultant can also help facilitate contact between students and thesis-related faculty. If you need the latest TAMIU thesis manual or are just need someone to bounce ideas off of, our writing consultant is available. This is NOT a drop-off editing service. While he can point out errors or necessary corrections, please do not email me your thesis and expect fixed edits. Wait times for thesis and dissertation are expected to be very busy near end of semester, especially in Spring.

GRADUATE PEER REVIEW/WRITING SESSIONS

If you are working on a paper or thesis and would like feedback on structure, organization, or a non-grammar issue, our consultant can meet or consult with you through email to provide orally-delivered feedback comments. Like tutoring above, this is not a correction service.

 

online assistance

Above services are available through online. Consultations can be made either through video, phone, or chat session as needed in order to give students the full attention their work deserves. Please schedule your session below.

writing & professional workshops

The Writing Consultant is working with ARC staff to develop workshops on a variety of professional development and writing-focused topics. If your ambition is to write like a master (or a doctor), click here or social media for updates on when and where these workshops will be held!

Graduate students are also welcome to come to the ARC office in LBV 346 for a supportive space to write or study or to consult one of our formatting and style manuals.

OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Walk-Ins welcome during regular office hours
After hour sessions available, schedule here

FRANCO ZAMORA, THE WRITING CONSULTANT

Lamar Bruni Vergara 346, ARC office
956.326.2477 or writingconsultant@tamiu.edu  

 


 

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Contact Us

TAMIU Advanced Research & Curriculum

5201 University Boulevard
Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center, LBV 346 
Laredo, TX  78041
Tel. 956.326.2499
Office Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8 AM - 5 PM