Words of Wisdom
- Avoid run-on sentences they are hard to read.
- Don't use no double negatives.
- Use the semicolon properly, always use it where it is appropriate; and never where it isn't.
- Reserve the apostrophe for it's proper use and omit it when its not needed.
- Do not put statements in the negative form.
- Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
- No sentence fragments.
- Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
- Avoid commas, that are not necessary.
- If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
- A writer must not shift your point of view.
"Fumblerules," Courtesy of Wikipedia, originally from The New York Times, 1979.
We offer graduate students assistance with writing and public speaking, including class assignments, CVs, journal articles, research posters, oral presentations, theses or dissertations, and the oral defense.
Our consultants, certified by the College Reading and Learning Association, are generalists. They specialize in assisting writers and public speakers in a wide variety of situations. While they may not be familiar with the details of every discipline's writing style, they can work collaboratively with you to help you understand and follow the requirements of your discipline's genres for organization, grammar, style, and content.
Consultants focus on individualized needs and specific documents and on building your writing skills and fostering professional writing habits: they can help you overcome anxiety or procrastination, break through writer's block, and build your confidence as a writer so that you maintain a steady writing pace.
We can also help you learn to integrate source material into your work effectively and ethically, including helping you interpret results of originality reports generated by turnitin.com. (Note: We are NOT able to run turninit.com reports during your session, so be sure to take care of that beforehand.)
All our programs are sensitive to the needs of English Language Learners.
The University Writing Center is not an editing or a proofreading service, but we can help you locate professional freelance editors
. Or, we can help you develop the skills you need to proofread and edit your own work.
Other Graduate Student Services
Dissertation, Article, and Thesis Assistance (DATA). DATA assigns a specific consultant to work with a student for up to 10 sessions. Participation requires an approved proposal. For more on DATA and how to apply, see our full description.
Write Line. Write Line is a virtual graduate student writing group conducted via Zoom. Write Line provides a productive virtual writing space so that participants can stay accountable to their writing goals. For more on Write Line and how to apply, see our full description.
Guides on Writing and Public Speaking. This long list of UWC resources, including both handouts and videos, can be viewed alphabetically or topically.
Graduate Student Workshops. Offered during the fall and spring semesters, these workshops are designed to help graduate students enhance their communication skills. The workshops address graduate-specific topics, including preparing a literature review, writing grant proposals, and giving conference presentations. Students participating can earn a unit toward the G.R.A.D. Aggies Professional Development Certificate. See our full description and the lineup for Fall 2020.
Thesis and Dissertation Retreats. For four full days, you can work on your thesis or dissertation and get advice from UWC consultants and staff. This is a great way to make significant progress in your writing. Participation is limited and requires an application. For more on Thesis and Dissertation Retreats and to apply, see our full description.
Resources for English language learners. The list of resources includes both on-campus help and suggestions for self-study.
For more information about any of our graduate student services, contact us.