Whether a professor has encouraged you to visit or you've decided to request an appointment on your own, scheduling a consultation with the Writing Center is easy.
MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT WORK FOR YOU
- Schedule your appointment well before an assignment is due.
- In-person and remote sessions are available. In-person appointment take place in L09 on the library lower level. Remote sessions are held on WCO, our video conferencing platform.
- Plan to consult with your tutor, rewrite, and meet with your tutor again. It often takes multiple appointments to fully revise your work.
- Follow our instructions for sharing your assignment guidelines and any writing that you've completed so far.
- Prepare to share prewriting and draft(s) but remember, it's okay if you haven't gotten that far.
- Laptops are welcome during face-to-face appointments.
- Prepare to prioritize big issues, such as thesis, development, and organization, before you begin to edit for grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
- We'll help you identify and correct errors, but we won't edit your paper for you.
- If you have to cancel, please do so as soon as possible.
- If you can't connect to your WC Online account, email firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel or reschedule an appointment.
Your Tutoring Session
- Your meeting will open with a conversation. Your tutor will ask questions about your assignment, your goals, and your overall impression of your work.
- Depending on where you are in the writing process, you might have the opportunity to read your draft aloud, pausing to voice concerns and brainstorm solutions.
- You'll discuss topics like thesis statements, development, and organization before you start the editing process. We are not a last-minute proofreading service, but if time permits, we will help you correct patterns of errors.
Common Areas of Conversation
- Brainstorming and Idea Development
- Thesis, Purpose, Controlling Idea, or Theme
- Evidence and Examples
- Style, Format, and Mechanics
- Primary and Secondary Sources
- Integration and Analysis of Quotations
- Citations and Footnotes
- Bibliographies and Works Cited Lists
- Oral and Digital Presentations
- English Language Learning