One-on-One Reviews

Walden students, including those working on their dissertation and doctoral study proposals, can make appointments for one-on-one reviews with the Writing Center's staff.  Choose the "Writing Staff" option in the Walden scheduling system for a one-on-one review.  Simply make an appointment, upload your document including instructions on what you would like us to focus on, and expect to receive thoughtful, individualized feedback embedded in the draft within 2 days.

We will offer feedback and resources on APA style adherence, basic formatting, cohesion and flow, and voice and grammar.

Working With Us

For one-on-one reviews, we can review one document per appointment; we will spend approximately 30 minutes per submission and therefore, we rarely can read through an entire draft (although the majority of our comments will be applicable to the remainder of the draft). You are eligible for an unlimited number of reviews so long as you are adhering to the best use policies in the following section. For doctoral students, although only the proposal chapters or sections are reviewed in one-on-one appointments, you may send questions about the final chapters or sections to and expect a response within 24 hours. You may also want to attend a webinar offered on writing the results and conclusion chapters or sections, or watch an archived version of those webinars.

We ask that students submit papers that do not include any comments from a Writing Center staff member or course instructor. If you incorporate past comments and feedback into a revised draft of your paper, you are apt to get more help from your review versus the same feedback as before. Our goal is not to fix your papers but to help you develop your skills. If students are not applying feedback from one review to the next, no matter what we've reviewed (i.e., different papers or the same section of a paper), we reserve the right to return the paper without a review. Please also submit papers free from any comments from an instructor or chair. Please incorporate past comments and feedback on a draft (whether from an instructor or from the Writing Center) before submission.

We may also request students choose another staff member to work with to ensure that they are receiving feedback that best suits their learning style.

The staff of the Walden Writing Center strives to serve students through timely responses to student questions and one-on-one reviews. However, in the event of extenuating circumstances (illness, emergencies, etc.), the Writing Center reserves the right to cancel or delay responses to e-mails or student reviews.

Questions can be directed to More direct questions about APA style in the results and conclusion chapters/sections (e.g., tables and figures or formatting participant interviews) should be directed to

If you are interested in assistance beyond the scope of the Writing Center, here are some tips for hiring an outside editor.

Sample Paper Review

Click here to view a sample paper review.


  • Upload your paper when you make your appointment; papers must be uploaded by 5 a.m. Eastern time the day of your appointment.
  • Please upload Microsoft Word (or Word-compatible) documents; your review may be delayed if you upload a nonstandard file format.
  • Writing Center paper review appointments are not live; you will receive feedback via e-mail within 2 days of your appointment.
  • Appointments with the Writing Center open 14 days in advance on a rolling basis.