Graduate Writing Tutors

The Graduate Writing Lab (GWL) offers free consultations by appointment with trained and certified graduate writing tutors. Our tutors offer helpful feedback on any kind of writing at any stage in the writing process. The Graduate Writing Tutors service is a collaboration between the THINK TANK Writing Center and the Graduate College.

Graduate Writing Tutors Schedule

  • Monday through Thursday: 10 AM to 2 PM Arizona Time
  • Monday evenings via Zoom: 5 PM to 7 PM Arizona Time (Updated 1/24/24)
  • Feedback Loop submissions accepted 24 hours, 7 days a week. Reviews are usually completed within a week.

You can use the scheduling system Retain to schedule an appointment with a Graduate Writing Tutor. Limit one appointment per day and two appointments per week. Please book no more than three appointments at a time. If you need to cancel, please let us know 24 hours in advance.

  • Click the button below to sign in to Retain with your NetID and password.
  • In the THINK TANK Services box on the right side of your Retain dashboard, you can click the blue Writing Center button and then select a service. The topmost services are graduate-student specific, though you are welcome to use all Writing Center services.
  • Learn more about using Retain by reading THINK TANK's Guide to Retain.

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Support Styles

  • In person
  • Zoom
  • Feedback Loop  - Submit a document for review and receive feedback, usually within a week.

What should I expect and what do the tutors help with?

During each session, tutors get acquainted with the student’s writing, answer questions, identify patterns, make recommendations, and help the student come up with a plan for moving forward. Tutors can serve as a second set of eyes on personal statements, application essays, lab reports, theses, dissertations, resumes, fellowships, and even professional emails.

Please note that we cannot work with students on exams, including final and comprehensive exams. If you would like to discuss any exceptions to this policy, please contact us.