Individual Consultations

Graduate Support offers free one-on-one consultations in writing, ESOL, statistics, academic skills, preparing for grad school, and career coaching with a trained graduate consultant to all UNM graduate and professional students, prospective students, and undergraduate students. These individual consultations can be in person or at a distance via phone or video conferencing—just let us know what you prefer. To schedule an appointment you may email us at or visit us at Zimmerman Library 3rd Floor.

What to Expect

A consultation is a collaborative exercise that results in your becoming a stronger writer and communicator through ongoing development of your writing skills. Consultations are either 30 or 60 minutes per session, and we recommend one appointment per consultant each week. Appointments can be scheduled up to one week in advance. Please keep in mind that our graduate consultants will not provide copyediting services, though we will discuss common grammatical and sentence-level issues.

If you need specific editing or proofreading help, or need assistance with specific style manuals (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.), please contact one of the off-campus editors.


Schedule an individual consultation for assistance with graduate-level writing assignments, including (but not limited to) funding proposals, presentations, articles, and even your thesis or dissertation! Our graduate consultants are trained to provide feedback on content, organization, argument, and structure. The goal is to help you become a proficient writer, so come prepared to engage with our consultants and do not expect a proofreading or editing session.

ESOL Writing

These one-on-one consultations are designed to address specific concerns and questions about academic writing for students who have English as a second language. Using a collaborative approach, the consultant will engage you in reviewing your writing strengths as well as in identifying areas for improvement. The focus of the consultation will be on helping you develop self-directed language learning skills and applying the feedback to future academic writing pieces.


Statistics Consultants offer support with quantitative research, including statistical design, analysis, and interpretation. Our consultants can also assist with particular statistics software or recommend additional resources. Students enrolled in undergraduate statistics courses may also use CAPS' drop-in lab at Zimmerman Library, or access their full list of supported courses via the Undergraduate Support tab on the CTL website.

Career Coaching

Many career paths besides the traditional academic path are open to our graduate students. Our consultants can assist you in planning for the next phase of your career journey, whether you are early in your graduate program or in the final stages. We can provide career path advisement, assist with résumés, CVs, or other application materials, and help prepare you for the job market.

Preparing for Graduate School

The decision to pursue an advanced degree takes careful consideration and preparation. Sit down with one of our experienced graduate students to find information on the graduate school experience, timelines for applying to graduate and professional programs, and to get assistance with the components of the application process, such as personal statements and CVs.

Academic Skills

No one comes into graduate school knowing all the practices that will make them successful.  Our consultants can help by reviewing your learning needs and strategies, providing research-tested approaches to studying and reading, and developing time management plans with you. We are also able to discuss academic topics such as dissertation committee selection, reaching out to faculty, publication steps, and more.