What should I consider before scheduling an appointment?
Determine how many appointments you'll need for your paper. On average, graduate Lab assistants can read between two and ten 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. Our job is to help you make your paper better. The Graduate Office might still require you to have your thesis or dissertation independently edited before submission for publication.
Make sure you have the following to expedite the scheduling process:
your UWF Gmail address,
when you plan to submit your thesis/dissertation (Note: Lab assistants will not read a thesis/dissertation on the day you plan to submit it),
the name of your thesis/dissertation coordinator;
Keep in mind you can make only three appointments a day, and only 15 total paper reading appointments a semester.
Check your e-mail for messages confirming your appointments.
How should I prepare for my 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 Main Writing Lab 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.
You may be able to get your paper read as a walk-in. But we can't guarantee that a graduate Lab assistant will read your thesis/dissertation, and your walk-in appointment won't last longer than an hour.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Bring yourself -- on time. If you're more than 5 minutes late, then you will lose your appointment, and your appointment will count as a no-show;
Print a double-spaced copy of your thesis/dissertation 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 (Note: The Lab does not accept e-mailed or faxed theses and dissertations, and you cannot print your thesis/dissertation 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.
What is my role during the appointment?
You must sit with the paper reader while he or she reads your thesis/dissertation, so be prepared to be fully engaged throughout the reading, just as you would be during class. You will have to be present for the entire session.
Each thesis/dissertation appointment lasts two hours, but the paper reader will work on your paper for only 105-110 minutes because he or she will have to spend 10-20 minutes completing a Paper Reading Contract for your professor. The paper reader will e-mail the contract to your professor. The document will prove that a paper reading took place and will summarize what you and the Paper Reader 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 the recommended revisions on your paper so that there is a record of said recommendations.
What should I do after my thesis/dissertation reading?
Use the marked-up copy you and your paper reader revised as a guide to help you change your thesis/dissertation.
The Lab recommends that you submit your feedback copy along with your final draft to your professor.
Although the Lab isn't responsible for the rejection or acceptance of your thesis/dissertation, you should still keep track of the marked-up copy until after your thesis/dissertation has been accepted or rejected.