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About Graduate Writing Support

The GSRC offers writing support for CSULB post-baccalaureate/graduate students (master's, credential, certificate, and doctoral) in all disciplines. Post-baccalaureate students can schedule a 45-minute appointment with our Graduate Writing Specialist for one-on-one assistance with all areas of graduate writing, including:

  • Academic writing (course papers, dissertation/thesis, conference papers, etc.)
  • Funding applications, including grants and fellowships
  • Graduate application materials (statement of purpose/personal statement, CV/résumé, teaching statement, writing sample, etc.)

Graduate writing support is not a paper-editing or “proofreading” service. Instead, we offer guidance, tutoring, and support with the following:

  • Planning, drafting, and organizing papers
  • Word choice and semantics
  • Argumentation and rhetoric
  • Self-editing and proofreading strategies
  • Overcoming persistent grammar and usage problems
  • Appropriate style, tone, and “voice”
  • Clarity and conciseness
  • Citation of sources and avoiding plagiarism

Our goal is to help students develop long-term, effective skills that will strengthen students’ academic and professional writing.

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Appointment Policies

Students are encouraged to arrive at the Graduate Studies Resource Center (Library 504) five minutes prior to their appointment time. Late arrival (more than five minutes) without advance notice may result in the cancellation of your appointment. Skipping appointments without cancelling 24 hours in advance may result in restrictions on your ability to make reservations.

Graduate students may schedule as many as three 45-minute appointments per week (Monday-Friday). Appointments may be scheduled up to three weeks in advance through our online scheduling system. Walk-ins are accepted, when the schedule permits, on a first-come, first-served basis – please call ahead (562-985-8946) to check the availability of same-day appointments. 

Appointments with GRSC are voluntary. We do not sign off on extra credit assignments nor do we accept students who are required to make appointments as a condition for improving a grade, getting off of academic probation, or as “punishment” for real or perceived academic misconduct.