Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the Writing Consultants?

Our Writing Consultants are Yale Ph.D. students from various disciplines with extensive experience in editing and teaching. Consultants’ positions are competitive and selective. The consultants in the Graduate Writing Lab have proved themselves to be excellent in providing feedback to other students’ writing. 

Why types of writing do we not handle?

If you need assistance with your resume and other non-academic career materials, please contact the Office of Career Strategy. If you need help with your teaching portfolio or your teaching statement, schedule a consultation with the Graduate Teaching Office of the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning.

Where do Individual Consultations take place?

Individual Writing Consultations take place at three locations:

  • Most consultations for humanity and social science students take place in the Graduate Writing Lab at 301 York Street
  • Some consultations in the Natural and Social Sciences take place at the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) in the Kline Biology Tower room C20C. CSSI is located on the concourse level of the Kline Biology Tower.
  • We also offer consultations in the Natural Sciences in the Sterling Hall of Medicine (SHM) Cushing/Whitney Medical Library in room 101. Room 101 is located immediately to your right as you enter the library.

Please check the location of your consultation when you schedule your appointment.

Do you offer online consultations?

Yes, some consultants provide consultations via video-conference software including Skype or Zoom, which is noted under the consultants’ names in the online scheduler. If you are interested in this option, please select the “Yes–Meet Online” option when you schedule your consultation. We offer a variety of online consultation options, and your consultant will contact you to confirm which option will work best for you. You can learn more about online consultations here

What if I need to miss an appointment with my advisor?

If you need to cancel your consultation, you can access and cancel your appointment through your account in the scheduling system up to 24 hours before the time of your appointment. The system will not allow you to cancel your appointment after that time. If an emergency arises less than 24 hours before your appointment, you should immediately contact the writing consultant you scheduled with. Please note that if you cancel your appointment less than 24 hours in advance without a strong reason or do not show up, a fine of $25 will be charged to your Yale student account for every 30-minute appointment. Please be aware that after three unexplained absences at appointments or frivolous cancelations, your eligibility to use the Graduate Writing Lab will be revoked.

Does the Writing Lab provide copy-editing or proofreading services?

No, the Graduate Writing Lab does not provide copy-editing or proofreading services. The Lab’s objective is to help graduate students grow as independent academic writers, rather than proofread for them. If you are interested in improving your editing and proofreading skills, please seek help outside Yale University.

How can I apply for a Writing Consultant position?

If you want to be a writing consultant, please contact Elena Kallestinova for more information. The applications for the new academic year are available in March and April and can be accessed through the Graduate Writing Lab website.