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Our goal is to help you bridge the gap between your present skills and what you must know to be successful in your college work. We will explain what you need to do, give examples, and discuss possible revisions with you
The tutors focus primarily on "higher order" concerns (HOCs) that affect the whole paper, such as thesis or focus, audience and purpose, organization, development, and unity. It is generally better to address
"lower order" concerns (sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling, word choice, etc.)
after HOCs are resolved.
We ask that you make your writing as clear and grammatically correct as possible before asking for assistance with
grammar and related concerns. Your tutor will identify and explain some errors and then demonstrate ways to correct them. The tutor will not "fix" every error because our goal is to teach you to edit your own writing.
If you need more assistance with lower order concerns after your session, you may return for more help
after you have applied what you learned in your tutoring session to the rest of the paper and
produced a new draft.
Questions? Please visit the Academic Success Center (A332) or call 972-273-3089. You may also email us at