Free writing assistance is available for all
undergraduate and graduate students in Arts, Sciences,
and Engineering at Tufts. Graduate
Writing Consultants work with undergraduate and graduate students to plan, draft and revise papers.
Consultations are also available for longer writing
projects such as senior theses and dissertations.
Students may make an appointment with a Graduate Writing
Consultant through the
Online Tutor Finder,
or visit drop-in hours in Tisch
Library or elsewhere on campus. Before booking your
first appointment, please read our
FAQ and familarize yourself with our policies.
Writing Consultant Appointments
are now available through the
Online Tutor Finder.
(NOTE: During the summer, Tutor Finder appointments
are limited. Please contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-627-4345 if you
have trouble locating a tutor during the summer.)
- Writing Tutoring for English 1, 2, 3, 4 and
Our First-Year Writing
Program Tutors are professionals dedicated to helping first-year
students transition to college-level writing. Make
an appointment with a First-Year Writing Tutor through the
Online Tutor Finder.
- Writing Consultations for Any Undergraduate
Students can receive assistance from a Graduate Writing Consultant at any stage in the writing process, from
brainstorming to revising. To set up an appointment,
go to the
Online Tutor Finder. But don't wait till the
last minute, as our tutors are students, too!
- Writing Consultants for Senior Thesis Writers
And be sure to visit our dedicated
Senior Thesis Writer webpage!
Seniors writing a thesis can receive writing support
and feedback from experienced Graduate Writing
Consultants. Email Jenny Howe at
to request a Senior Thesis Writing Consultant.
- Special Writing Projects: Application Essays
for Graduate School and Fellowships
Jenny Howe at
Jenny.Howe@tufts.edu to request a Graduate Writing
Consultant for special writing projects.
For Graduate Students:
- Writing Support
We support projects such as essays, term papers,
fellowship applications, theses, doctoral
dissertations, conference papers, proposals and
abstracts. Writing tutoring is individualized, and
may be arranged for regular weekly appointments or
on an as-needed basis. Our Graduate Writing
seeking graduate degrees in English,
Philosophy, Art History, Biology, Nutrition, Law & Diplomacy, Child
Development, Museum Studies, and many other fields.
Online Tutor Finder to request a Graduate
- Graduate Writing Exchange (GWX)
Are you a
graduate student working on your dissertation or
thesis, seminar or qualifying papers? Are you having
trouble setting aside writing time? Do you need some
motivation, support and a quiet place to work? The
ARC's Graduate Writing Exchange (GWX) offers ongoing
writing support for any graduate student from any
discipline. We hold weekly, three hour meetings that
give you the opportunity to talk with peers about
struggles and successes, set personal goals, and,
most importantly to WRITE. An ARC Writing Consultant
will be available during these meetings for
GWX Spring 2014 hours: We will meet through the
semester on Thursdays, 9am to noon in the
Dowling Resource Library (room 730). (Please check back at the
beginning of each semester for updates on time and
location.) No registration necessary! Invite your
friends and colleagues! Come any weekóweíll be there
for you! If you have any questions, please email
Jackie O'Dell at
- Graduate Writing Retreats
or email Kristina Aikens,
Associate Director of Writing Resources, at
The ARC offers two retreats per year: a week-long
retreat during Winter Break, and a two-week retreat
during the summer. These programs allow advanced graduate students the time and
space for uninterrupted writing on their
dissertation or thesis. For more information, visit the
Graduate Writing Retreat
Policies and Limitations
- Oral Communications Visit the Online Tutor Finder and
choose "Presentations and Public Speaking Skills" to
make an appointment, or read more about the program
Individualized tutoring is also available to help
students prepare for class presentations,
professional presentations, interview, and course
We help non-native speakers of English improve their
diction, grammar, and prose style for greater
clarity in writing. Please note: as with all of our
services, we concentrate on helping students
understand concepts; we are not proofreaders or
- ARC services are open to any undergrad or grad
student in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering only. Due
to administrative and budgetary restrictions, we
regret that the Medford campus ARC is unable to offer services to
graduate students enrolled in any of the Tufts
professional schools. See the next section for
- Appointments are limited to
one session per day and three sessions per week. Students are limited to 15 hours of writing tutoring per semester.
- Students must give at least six hours' notice if they need to cancel an appointment with a writing consultant. Any student who cancels with short notice or who does not show for an appointment must to wait a full week before making another appointment.
If a student is regularly a no-show, we reserve the right to
suspend that student's use of our services for the remainder of the semester.
- Consultants will only work with a student on a take-home exam IF the student presents written permission from the professor
at the time of the appointment and makes it clear when signing up for the appointment that the assignment is a take-home exam.
Making an appointment for another student or
bringing another student's work to a writing
tutoring session is expressly forbidden.
The student attending the session must be the same
student who booked the appointment and must bring
his/her own paper. Violating this rule may result in
a suspension of ARC services as well as disciplinary
- In the case of group writing projects,
one student may make the appointment but the entire
group should attend (unless the individual student
only wants to work on his/her contributions).
Alternate Resources for Students in the Fletcher
School, Friedman School, Med School, and Dental
- The Boston campus now has drop-in Health
Sciences Writing Consulting for students enrolled in
Tufts Medical School, Dental School, and Friedman
School of Nutrition.
Health Sciences Writing Consultants support projects
such as research papers, clinical articles, personal
statements, theses, doctoral dissertations,
conference papers, proposals, posters, and
abstracts. Health Sciences drop-in hours are held
at the main
floor of the Hirsh Health Sciences Library, in the
alcove behind the security desk. Fall 2013 hours
are: Wednesdays, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Sundays,
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
- The Fletcher School offers its
own tutoring services; learn more at the
Fletcher Graduate Writing Program wiki.