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We invite students to bring papers to the Writing Center at any stage in the writing process. Those different stages call for different approaches. See the Basic Guidelines for Consultations on Drafts for an overview of how a typical consultation might progress. (As though any consultation is typical . . .)

It is important to think about Starting a Consultation and Bringing a Consultation to an End. Backwards Outlining can be especially helpful when a student comes in with a paper that is disorganized or otherwise difficult to follow.

To learn more about how to lead a successful consultation, check out the different resources below.

You may also want to think about Power Dynamics in the Writing Center.

In addition, we often have consultations with students whose first language is not English, or students who identify as learning disabled.