Face-to-Face Paper Reading

"There are no great writers, only great re-writers." --Ernest Hemingway

Before Trying to Schedule Your Appointment . . .

  • Determine which type of Paper Reading Appointment you would like to have.  You may need to check with your professor to see which type of paper reading he or she requires.
  • Determine how many appointments you'll need for your paper.  On average, Lab assistants can read between one and seven pages an hour, depending on the quality of the paper and the experience of the Lab assistant.
  • Keep in mind that Lab assistants will not write your papers for you, nor can they help you produce error-free, publishable papers.

Scheduling Your Appointment . . .

  • Either call or visit the Lab at which you would like your Paper Reading appointment to take place:
  • Make sure you have the following to expedite the scheduling process:
    • your UWF Gmail address,
    • your professor's name (make sure you can spell the name correctly),
    • the name of your class,
    • the due date of the paper,
      • Lab assistants will not read a paper on the day it's due, unless the paper is due at 11:59 p.m. that night.
    • the style guide the paper should follow (MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, etc.), and
    • the type of Paper Reading Appointment you require.
  • Keep in mind you can make only three Paper Reading Appointments a day and only 15 total Paper Reading Appointments a semester.
  • Check your e-mail for messages confirming your appointments.

What to Do Before the Day of the Appointment

  • Create the best draft you can.  The time for a paper reading is limited, and the last thing you want is the Lab assistant correcting things that could have been corrected before the paper reading began.
  • If you need to cancel your appointment, contact the appropriate Lab office at least twenty-four hours in advance.  If you need to cancel your appointment while the Lab is closed, you may either call and leave a voicemail message or e-mail us.  Please give us your name, the date and time of your appointment, and the name of your Paper Reader.
    • If you do not cancel your appointment twenty-four hours in advance, then your appointment will count as a no-show.

What to Do the Day of the Appointment, Before the Appointment Begins

  • Be on time.  If you're more than 5 minutes late, then you will lose your appointment to a walk-in, and your appointment will count as a no-show.
  • Print a double-spaced copy of your paper and bring it to your appointment.  The Lab assistant will write possible revisions on that copy, and you will take that marked-up copy with you when you leave.
    • The Lab does not accept e-mailed or faxed papers, and you cannot print your paper at the Lab.  Visit UWF Student Printing to learn how to print.
  • Print your professor's instructions and bring them to your appointment so that the Lab assistant can be sure that you have what your professor wants you to have.
  • Bring the hard copies of the sources you used for your paper.

During the Appointment

  • You have to sit with the Lab assistant while he or she reads your paper, so be prepared to be fully engaged throughout the reading, just as a student should be during class.  You will have to be present for the entire session.
  • Each appointment lasts one hour, but the Paper Reader will work on your paper for only 40-50 minutes.  The Paper Reader will have to spend 10-20 minutes completing a Paper Reading Contract for your professor.  The Paper Reader will e-mail this contract to your professor, and this document will prove that a paper reading took place and will summarize what you and the Lab assistant discussed and revised during the appointment.
  • You do not have to accept every revision that your Paper Reader suggests, but he or she does have to mark each of the recommended revisions on your paper so that there is a record of said revisions.
  • The paper reader is authorized to terminate a reading if you are not interactive or if your behavior suggests that you are here to fulfill a course requirement rather than participate in revising and editing your paper.
  • The paper reader will ask you to sign and date the top of your paper to indicate that you have read the paper reading policy you understand it.
  • The paper reader will make a copy of the signed draft of your paper for Writing Lab records and for review by your professor, if necessary. 

After the Paper Reading Ends

  • Use the marked-up copy you and your Paper Reader revised as a guide to help you change your paper.
  • The Lab recommends that you submit your feedback copy along with your final draft to your professor.
  • Although the Lab isn't responsible for your grade, still keep track of the marked-up copy until after you've received a grade from your professor.