REMEMBER: We don't edit; we teach.
What's the difference between working with one of our tutors vs. working with an editor?
|Writing & Communications Center Tutors||Editors/Proofreaders|
|Aim to help students improve overall competence, independence, and autonomy in the subject||Aim to correct and perfect student work on individual assignments|
|Comment on strengths in student work and discuss opportunities for improvement without judgment||Focus on errors or weak points and judge the effectiveness of the work|
|Ask exploratory questions intended to guide students in reflection on higher-order concerns, such as thesis, purpose, audience, genre, and meeting assignment expectations||Focus primarily on lower-order concerns, such as spelling, grammar, and syntax
|Guide students in the development and application of their own ideas||Provide ideas and tell students how to incorporate them|
|Encourage students to take ownership of their work by taking notes throughout the session||Mark “line-by-line” errors on student work|
|Guide students in identifying and correcting lower-order concerns, such as spelling, grammar, and syntax, and introduce students to resources for further reference and development of self-sufficiency in proofreading||Correct errors without providing explanation or resources for further study|
|Guide students to develop revision plans and/or goals for future assignments or projects||Create short-term revision plans for students to perfect one assignment or project|