Thank you very much for your interest in me as a writing tutor and/or proofreader! I hope that after reviewing my information, you are as confident in my writing abilities as I am. Any good relationship must begin with reasonable expectations, both for what my role is and what your role is as well. Here are a few guidelines:
1. I cannot do your work for you.
For most of you, you are likely enrolled in some type of class for which you have been given writing assignments. The purpose of any writing assignment is for you to demonstrate your understanding of the subject matter, as well as develop your analytic and written skills. As such, I cannot explain the essential subject matter of your course to you, nor can I explain what your professor expects; I cannot teach you your class (unless you have hired me to tutor you for a law-related class). My job is limited to helping you to better demonstrate what you are learning in your course of study by assisting you with basic tools of good writing that are applicable to ALL disciplines. My goal is to help your writing to be a better expression of your own work.
2. I cannot guarantee any particular grade.
The grade you receive is ultimately up to your professor/teacher. The bulk of most graded assignments depends upon the quality of the substance of the work, which is what you have learned in the course. I can only work with what you have provided and expressed to me. If your written product is lacking in substance, or does not follow the instructions given by your teacher, your grade will necessarily reflect that. I can only help to improve your grade by assisting with things such as grammar, spelling, sentence structure, organization, and other aspects that tend to further detract from your grades. Unfortunately, I cannot promise you an A.
3. Your professor is always right.
If anything I say or suggest conflicts with what your instructor has told you, go with what your instructor has told you. I will do my best to give you suggestions and corrections that are in line with the assignment, but ultimately you are the one receiving daily or weekly first-hand instruction from the person who will be giving you your grade. You are expected to know your professor's expectations. When in doubt, ask your professor.
4. Provide sufficient time to review your drafts.
If you need for me to review and provide comments on a draft, please submit it to me with a minimum of 48 hours before it is due. This will allow me adequate time to give it full and thorough attention, and give you enough time to make changes. I do have a (demanding) full time job, a family, and several professional obligations, so I typically (and ethically) cannot review documents during the day. I will do my best to communicate with you if something comes up in my schedule that will not permit me to review your drafts in a timely manner. I cannot be held responsible for assignments you turn in late, under any circumstances.
These are only a few guidelines for our working relationship. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me via my WyzAnt e-mail.