The comments writers made when asked, “What did you learn today?” and “Would you return to work with the same writing consultant?  Why?” after their visits to the Writing Center (first couple of weeks of fall term 2021):

What did you learn today?
  • How to write a project proposal, Different groups in Carleton who provide funding for culture groups in Carleton
  • Making sentences more concise
  • Tips on how to write a paper in Linguistics, structure of the email, sign offs, ways of addressing, general ideas, use of dictionaries and thesaurases, APA citation
  • Well, she explained everything that I want before I start writing anything. I learned how to organize everything and understanding the syllabus.
  • Grammar
  • I learned how to cite sources using MLA format
  • We went through the wordings and grammar of my cover letters and resume
  • I learned how to better organize my essay and how to expand upon my original point
  • To be mindful of long/run-on sentences, More than 4-5 lines, examine whether that can be multiple sentences
  • How to spot passive voice and tricks to shorten/breakup sentences
  • Learned how to write a more concise intro, brainstormed ideal for a conclusion
  • Its helpful to ready aloud, Make sure to have conclusion sentences, Think of questions
  • I should make sure to address every part of the prompt
  • I learned about writing a response essay and how to structure a one page paper
  • Quote integration, transitions, and incorporating evidence into personal account.
  • Giving more examples can prevent my writing from looking like a list.
  • Reading my essay outload helped me notice where I made mistakes.
  • Carefully, application essay.
  • I received a good suggestion about a specific area to expand on and that my grammar needed checking.
  • I need to analyze more than I summarize.
  • I learned a bit more about structuring and reading responses.
  • How to structure certain sentences so that
  • Structure of essay. Bullet points -> ideas/ main point.
  • I learned how to organize my writing and how to improve my vocabulary.
  • I basically just went through the entire essay with[the consultant]and found a lot of grammar and logic problems on my own. [the consultant] helped me with some vocabulary and also helped me rephrase some awkward phrasing.
  • How to write in philosophy.
  • A. The function of writing center. What to expect from a session with a writing assistants. B.The ways to conjure a piece of creative writing. C. The essay needs to prioritize thesis and a sensible line of development.
  • Different connections with my claim in an essay. Clarifications in points on how my writng is interpreted.
  • I learned how to cover what the questions are asking for more.
  • I think I learned a bit about cohesion and putting ideas through my essay in order to create great questions and a shorter overall point.
  • I should use conjunctions in my essays.
  • Paraphrasing quotes, Breaking paragraphs and expanding ideas, how to make a conclusion
  • Nothing in particular, I got some feedback on clarity specific to this situation, but few broad principles
  • What to cut and add
  • Application Essay writing tricks
  • Analysis vs Summary, the direction/reasoning behind Socrates argument
  • I learned about different ways of facing the comps process.  She also informed me about which aspects of a scientific paper are desirable and which are not.
  • Help on formatting and brainstorming my paper
  • How to brainstorm for an argumentative essay
  • How to analyze poetry and write a good thesis
  • I learned a lot about how to write a bibliography and how to express myself through more streamlined writing
  • How to proofread and paraphrase sentences.
  • I fleshes out my topic more and the questions I need to ask.
  • I learned more about effectively concluding an essay and about making sure that the meaning of sentences are clear by talking about certain ambiguities.
  • How to organize my ideas.
  • I learned how to better write my thesis, topic sentence, and incorporate my ideas.
  • I learned about library appointments, specific annotated bibliography guides, and points about my proposal that need to be cleared up.
  • I learned tenses, what teachers look for in writing, and grammar rules.
  • I learned how to proofread and learned natural way of saying.
  • Discussed bringing a theme into my paper
  • That my writing can be fixed by reading out loud.
  • I learned how to sell myself on a cover letter and use really clear language.
  • I learned what to add to my essay to make points clear.
  • Grammar and clarity.
  • How to structure an essay.
  • How to rephrase redundant words and clarify things.
  • How to make a poster more concise and look more clean and professional.
  • I learned some clarity tips in terms of combining sentences and emphasizing important topics.
  • I learned more about the approaches for an observational paper and how to organize my thoughts.
  • Wording, how to make an essay sound better, organize sentences, and how to write an application.
  • I learned that I had a good start to my essay and we brainstormed ideas for me to continue writing and make my essay the specific length and make sure to hit all the points in the prompt.
  • How to format and structure my close reading, how to better revise it
  • To always come to the WC before handing in any important/nonimportant pieces of writing and make sure that the whole piece gets proofread
Would you return to work with the same consultant? Why or why not?
  • Yes, I would because my consultant went in depth about how to write a project proposal and showed examples
  • Yes, Familiarity
  • Yes, I would.  She had a helpful answer for anything I asked, I could not have wished for a better advisor.
  • Yes, I would. She’s really helpful patient and undetstanding.
  • Yes!  It’s great
  • Yes, the consultant was prepared and willing to help!
  • Definitely.  She is very serious about her job, energetic and encouraging
  • Yes, She was very helpful and wonderful to work with! She made suggestions but allowed me to make choices.  She was very nice and thoughtful.
  • Yes, she was informative, kind, and very helpful
  • Yes, very good feedback and great help to improving my writing
  • Yes, they were very energetic, supportive, etc.. Plus they offered multiple suggestions that helped me get a better idea of what to write next and also helped polish my essay
  • Yes, it was helpful and encouraging
  • Yes, my consultant was very specific in making sure I fulfilled every requirement in my prompt, and helped guide me to fixing/adding a few key details my essay needed
  • Yes, he was very friendly and helpful and he has lots of valuable suggestions.  He was a good listener and took notes
  • Yes, she was very nice and helpful with my essay. I will definitely be back in the future!
  • Yes, she gave me some constructive advice and the session was very helpful.
  • Yes, she is very helpful.
  • Yes, very nice and patient.
  • Yes, she was knowledgeable and helpful.
  • Yes, it was helpful.
  • Yes, he was helpful and made me feel more confident in the quality of what I had already written.
  • I’m not sure, I think I’d be more excited about working with him again on a different project.
  • Yes, very calming/ reassuring.
  • Yes I would, because she paid attention to what I told her.
  • she is really helpful but I do also want to just get to know more people in the writing center and explore how different consultants deal with writing and compare.
  • Yes!!!!! She was super helpful.
  • Yes, my consultant helped me to clean my mind and organized my thoughts.
  • Yes she was nice and easy to talk to while also offering constructive help.
  • yes, because he was very helpful and understanding and made things clear to me.
  • Yes! she was super kind and reassuring with their assesment of my writing. She answered my questions well, and they helped to build upon the area of my writing I was unsure about.
  • Yes, he explains things thoroughly.
  • Yes, very helpful suggestions
  • Yes, but I’m also interested in other consultants simply to see how else they could help me
  • Yes, very helpful
  • Yes! Super nice and helpful
  • Yes, of course, She was great and really helped me understand what was going on
  • I would definitely return, and will return. She knows about the topic I’m interested in – Linguistics – and knows how does it feel to be in an academic institution as a foreigner. Above all that, she has very good tips about how to organize the writing process.
  • Absolutely, she was an excellent writing consultant 10/10, would schedule again
  • Yes, she gives many opinions, she is a good listener and patient, she is kind
  • Most definitely.  She was great and insightful
  • Yes, she was nice and also very helpful
  • Yes, she tried to understand what I’m trying to say.
  • Yes Really helpful brainstorming.
  • Yes! She was very nice, helpful, and was able to help me a lot even though we were only able to meet for a few minutes.
  • Yes, they helped a lot with translating my thoughts into words.
  • Yes! she was very helpful!
  • Yes, because I got precise feedback that was straight to the point and I could understand and apply it well.
  • Yes, she was very approachable and provided clarity on some issues.
  • Yes! He was also aware of time of manage time well to go over everything that I wanted to check.
  • Yes.
  • Yes, there was effort to help and it did.
  • Yes, super helpful and understanding.
  • Yes! I found her to be helpful.
  • Yes, very helpful.
  • Yes, I learned a lot and the consultant is very nice.
  • Yes, she became better at managing time time to go over what I wanted to cover.
  • Yes, they were very helpful.
  • Yes, my consultant helped make my essay more concise and clear.
  • Yes! She was very helpful and gave me a lot of good advice.
  • I definitely would! She’s always trying to understand how I feel about my essay and giving me good advice. I want to work with her again.
  • Yes, they were very helpful with both reviewing the writing I had and  out what I should write next.
  • Yes, she understands the meaning and gave me useful advice.  She helped me articulate my writing, saying what is and is not relevant, finally she helped me write my opinions on paper
  • Yes, he helps build my confidence