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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (573) 341-4436 for assistance.
To get the most out of your consultation, keep these tips in mind: