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Writing Advice Format

See the format of advice from the Effective Writing Center at UMGC so you know what to expect.

Following is an example of a template used by advisors at University of Maryland Global Campus's Effective Writing Center to give students feedback on their work. Please note the following:

  • Advisors may not be experts in the topic your paper covers
  • Advisors will not make any judgment about the grade your paper may receive
  • Advisors do not copyedit papers; sections of your paper will be used to model the editing you should do
  • Advisors know only as much about the assignment that you share; please provide an assignment description in the submission form

Your advice will be delivered in two separate documents:

  1. A Summary Feedback Form

  2. A copy of your submitted document with comments from your tutor.  

All advice can be retrieved from the “My Account” section of your profile, accessed from the “Tutoring” link under “Academic Support” in the classroom.

Summary Feedback Form

Your Summary Feedback Form is presented in five sections:

  • Thesis Statement

  • Developing Ideas 

  • Essay Structure

  • Research/citation

  • Grammar/Mechanics

In each of these sections, you’ll be provided with an overall description of that aspect of your writing, as well as detailed feedback and relevant additional resources.  This document can be downloaded as a PDF as well, should you wish to save it elsewhere.

Document with comments

In addition, you’ll receive your Reviewed Document, which will have targeted comments aligned to the advice you receive on the Summary Feedback Form to better illustrate your focal points during revision.


Remember that the goal of writing tutoring is to help you develop the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in your future endeavors.  

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