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Editing is a crucial part of the writing process. When drafting, writers simply must direct attention to the sentence level and
 

Summary: 
Editing is a crucial part of the writing process. When drafting,
writers simply must direct attention to the sentence level and
work to produce precise and polished prose. And, as is the case
when developing proficiency in any feature of college writing,
learning how to edit requires time, practice, and patience.
Tutors at the Knight Institute Writing Walk-In Service are available to provide certain kinds of sentence-
level support. Tutors will clarify rules, explain conventions, provide examples, and guide writers as they
revise their own sentences. Tutors will discuss style, language, and rhetorical choices. But tutors are
not editors they cannot correct grammar, syntax, punctuation, or typographical errors.

Here are several reasons for this policy:
First, there is little to no pedagogical value in having a tutor edit a student's paper. Writers
do not learn when other people correct errors for them. The Writing Walk-In Service's primary
goal is to ensure that students have access to learning opportunities, so during tutoring
sessions, tutors use specific pieces of writing to engage broader discussion about academic
writing and to encourage robust interventions into student writing processes.

Second, copyediting someone else's writing requires a highly specialized skill set. Writing
tutors are not professional editors; they simply do not have the training, experience, or desire

  

Source: Angenent, Lars T. - Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

 

Collections: Renewable Energy; Engineering