Types of Face-to-Face Paper Readings

Click on the types of paper readings below to learn more about them.

Final Draft Paper Reading

This type focuses on the manuscript format, content, correctness of expression, and documentation style of ungraded papers.

This reading is the most common type of paper reading requested by both students and their professors.

Grammar Check

This type focuses only on the ungraded paper's correctness of expression (language/grammar, word choice, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, sentence construction, etc.)

Group Paper Reading

This type is just like a Final Draft Paper Reading, except this type is for group papers.  Group papers are those to which multiple students contribute.

All group members must be present so that the Paper Reader can ask any of you about the content of the paper.

Paper Tutoring

This type is for graded papers only.  It focuses on understanding and/or revising the features of a graded paper that have been identified by the instructor.

This type is available for walk-ins only.

Paper Revision

This type focuses on revising and/or rewriting an ungraded or graded paper, particularly papers to which instructors have responded, "Take this paper to the Writing Lab."

Be sure to bring your graded paper if you have one.

Documentation Check

This type focuses on helping you with MLA, APA, Turabian, or other documentation formats.  This type also focuses on your title page, parenthetical documentation or footnotes, and Works Cited page, bibliography, or reference list.

Paper-in-Progress Paper Reading

This type is essentially a brainstorming session that focuses on helping you organize a paper, incorporate cited research material, and/or format the Works Cited or Reference page.

Bringing all of your sources and your professor's instructions is crucial to this type of paper reading.

Bring a printed, double-spaced copy of your paper to this reading.

This type of reading may not fulfill a professor's paper reading requirement. Check your instructions, or check with your professor.

Paper-in-Progress Brainstorming

This type focuses on brainstorming, or taking the writer from the invention stage of writing the paper to drafting a skeletal outline or first draft.

Bringing all of your sources and your professor's instructions is crucial to this type of paper reading.

You do not have to bring a printed, double-spaced copy of your paper to this type of paper reading.  But neither you nor the Paper Reader will type the paper during this appointment

This type may not fulfill a professor's paper reading requirement, so check with him or her and the instructions.

Q & A Paper Reading

This type provides answers to three to four specific questions about the correctness of expression of an ungraded paper.

You cannot make an appointment for this type -- you must visit us as a walk-in.

This type cannot last for longer than 10 minutes.

What Paper Readers Check

Generally speaking, our Paper Readers will ensure that your paper


  • addresses the assignment or topic as it is written, by explaining it or taking a position on it and supporting it
  • establishes a clear focus
  • logically states and develops the thesis and sufficient detail
  • consistently presents topic sentences for body paragraphs
  • uses transitions economically and effectively
  • is organized with an introduction, body, and conclusion

Manuscript Format

  • uses correct spacing, margins, a heading, and correct format

Correctness of Expression

  • uses language effectively, correctly, and appropriately
  • uses well-formed sentences
  • follows standard practices of formal written English:  spelling, grammar and usage, word choice, capitalization, punctuation, and sentence construction

Documentation Style

  • correctly and consistently uses a standard documentation format (MLA, APA, AP, Chicago/Turabian, etc.)