Scheduling Writing Consultations

Basic Appointment Information That You Need to Know

We know it can be intimidating to make your first Writing Center appointment, and you may have a lot of questions about what will happen and how to prepare. Use the information below to guide you in the process and learn how to make the most of your appointment. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call us at (573) 341-4436 or email

Any given appointment includes a 50-minute consultation with a peer writing tutor. The following information will help you choose what form of appointment will be best suited for you:

In-person (Synchronous): An in-person appointment is a "typical" appointment. For this type of appointment, you will come into the physical Writing Center location to meet your consultant.

Online (Synchronous): An online synchronous appointment is an appointment conducted over video chat. For this type of appointment, you will log into the relevant application from your personal computer to meet your consultant. These consultations most frequently happen on our video chat software WCONLINE (accessed from your appointment) and Zoom; you can request the application you prefer.

Online (Asynchronous): An online asynchronous appointment is essentially a peer review. For this type of appointment, you will attach your document draft to your appointment along with your main questions and concerns, and your consultant will read your draft and provide feedback on it at the time of your appointment.

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  • Click on a scheduled appointment to modify or cancel it.
    • To cancel an appointment, click the Cancel Appointment button at the bottom of the appointment window.

The following explains the Writing Center's policy on scheduling consultations:

Eligibility: Appointments are available for all students and faculty. 

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 canceled at least 2 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 be marked as a no-show. After two no-shows in any given semester, you only be able to meet with writing consultants on a walk-in basis only; you will no longer be eligible to schedule appointments. 

Limits on Appointments: You are allowed to schedule up to 2 appointments per day and up to 3 appointments per week. In addition, each appointment can address only one document. If special circumstances require that you make more appointments than this, please contact us at or (573) 341-4436 for assistance.

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 helpful documents your instructor has provided.

  • If your paper requires research or relies on sources, bring your research materials or sources with you to your appointment so that you can consult them if necessary. If you can't bring your 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 a 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 they 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!