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Preparing for Your Appointment

Just as with your classes, you get more out of your Writing Center visit if you prepare before you get here. Consider a few tips that will make your appointment more rewarding:

Face-to-Face Appointment in RB 286

  • Bring your assignment sheet with you. It helps the tutors to know what your teacher has asked of you.  Also bring any work you have already done on the project, which can include outlines, research articles, drafts, and notes you have made.
  • Have questions or ideas ready for the tutor. This gives your session more direction right from the start.
  • Give yourself enough time between your tutoring session and your deadline to revise your writing; stopping by The Writing Center right before you turn in your paper doesn’t give you time to use what you’ve learned.
  • Come to The Writing Center with the goal of improving your writing, not just fixing your paper.  
  • Come back for another appointment to continue to strengthen your writing skills over time.

Online Appointment

  • Be at your computer about five to ten minutes before your appointment, ready to click on your appointment in the scheduler and on the red link that says "Start or Join an Online Consultation." Once in your session, you can upload your file (top right, the icon with the two arrows). This will help you start promptly.
  • Have your assignment sheet with you--you can summarize or email your tutor the file/hyperlink your instructor gave you. It helps the tutors to know what your teacher has asked of you. Also have handy any work you have already done on the project. For example, if you're having trouble citing a resource, you might have a hyperlink to the resource ready that you can share with your tutor. This will help your tutor help you learn how to cite the specific resource about which you have questions.
  • Have questions or ideas ready for the tutor. This gives your session more direction right from the start. You can use video conferencing to talk with your tutor, as well as the Chat and In-text Comments features to talk about your work.
  • You can download the file you worked at the end of your session--just click on the two arrow icon again and follow the steps.
  • Give yourself enough time between your tutoring session and your deadline to revise your writing; contacting a tutor right before you turn in your paper doesn’t give you time to use what you’ve learned. Come to The Writing Center with the goal of improving your writing, not just fixing your paper. 
  • Come back for another appointment to continue to strengthen your writing skills over time.