Scheduling Writing Consultations

Quick Consultations

These appointments run 10-25 minutes, beginning on the hour or half hour. They are available from M-Th 9 AM - 3:30 PM and F 9 AM - 1:30 PM. Quick appointments are generally appropriate for:

  • Short documents (1-2 pages), generally including:
    • FE1100 Purpose Statements
    • Mech E 1720 Memos
    • Abstracts
    • Short sections of longer papers
  • Brainstorming sessions
  • Résumé reviews
  • Quick answers to specific questions

Note: Quick appointments may not fulfill Writing Center requirements for some classes. If you are required to visit the Writing Center, or if you receive extra credit for meeting with a writing consultant, check with your instructor to determine whether quick appointments are acceptable.

Comprehensive Consultations

Comprehensive appointments run 30-50 minutes. They are scheduled on the hour only. These appointments are available M-Th 9 AM - 3 PM and F 9 AM - 1 PM. Book a comprehensive appointment for:

  • Longer documents (2+ pages), including:
    • Substantial drafts of papers for English, history, philosophy, or other humanities papers
    • Research proposals or papers for any course
    • Organic Chemistry lab reports
    • Senior Design project reports
  • Short but complex documents such as graduate school application essays
  • Help if your native language is not English

Walk-In Consultations  

Can't make an appointment in advance? Not certain what type of consultation you need? Consider taking advantage of our walk-in hours:

Monday  Thursday, 4 PM to 6 PM M-Th

Sunday, 1 PM to 5 PM

During walk-in hours, the Writing Center is open on a first come, first served basis. When you arrive, you'll sign a registration sheet indicating your name, the class or purpose for which you are writing, and the time of your arrival. Consultants will work with students in the order in which they arrive for as long as necessary up to 50 minutes. The last consultations will begin no less than 25 minutes before closing time. 

  1. Click the Book Appointment button on our homepage.

  2. Click on either Quick Consultations or Comprehensive Consultations; this will take you to a booking page. (For more information on which consultation type to choose, click here.)

  3. On the booking page, select a date from the calendar; the available times will populate on the right.

    Note: If a date is grayed out, either the Writing Center is closed that day, or all appointments have been booked. 
  4. Select an appointment time from those listed; you will be taken to a registration screen.

  5. On the registration screen, complete all required information. Click Continue.

    Note: Use the Comments field to clarify any information you provided, add further information, or ask a question.
  6. Review the information you submitted. If it is correct, click Book My Consultations. You will be taken to a confirmation screen from which you can book additional appointments if necessary.

  7. When you book an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email. Please retain that email as proof that you scheduled an appointment. You will also receive a reminder email two hours in advance of your appointment time.

The following explains Writing Center policy on scheduling consultations:

Eligibility: Appointments are available for currently enrolled undergraduate students only. 

Limitations: Writers may schedule no more than two appointments in a single day and only one comprehensive appointment per day. In addition, each appointment can address only one document.

Advance Booking: Appointments available up to a month in advance. Appointments must be booked at least one hour in advance.

Group Writing Projects: If your document is part of a collaborative effort, the writing consultant can meet with multiple group members.  Note, however, that the person or persons who actually composed the document must be present for the appointment. Writing consultants can discuss documents only with those who wrote them.  

Cancellation Policy: If you cannot keep an appointment, please cancel so that others have an opportunity to book an appointment at that time. Appointments must be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance. If you do not cancel your appointment by this deadline and you fail to show up at the scheduled time, you will marked as a no-show. After two no-shows in any given semester, you will may be meet with writing consultants on a walk-in basis only; you will no longer be eligible to schedule appointments. 

To get the most out of your consultation, keep these tips in mind:

 

  • Although some instructors provide the Writing Center with copies of assignment instructions, we cannot guarantee that we'll have on file the instructions for your assignment. Bring to your consultation whatever instructions, models, or other help documents your instructor has provided.

  • If your paper requires research or relies on sources, bring your researches materials or sources with you to your appointment so that you can consult them if necessary. If you can't bring you sources, be sure to bring any notes you've taken on them.

  • Our consultants are happy to work with students who need help getting started. Consultations are often most useful, however, for students who have prepared a draft, no matter how rough. Even if you're not confident that you're on the right track, consider trying to put some thoughts on paper before your visit. Your efforts will give you and your consultant and place to start.

  • If your assignment requires that you cite sources, be sure to check with your instructor to find out what citation style you are expected to use. That information will help the consultant provide accurate feedback and helpful resources.

  • Finally, remember that although the are skilled, our writing consultants do not have superpowers, and they are students like you. They help thousands of students each year in a broad range of classes, so they cannot read all the source material you may have to read to complete your paper. Nor do they have time to read student papers in advance of consultations. Finally, they cannot fill the gaps left by a student's failure to read or prepare, so read your sources before you seek help!