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Preparing for Your Appointment

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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 291

  • 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

  • If you plan to use Skype, make sure you've downloaded the program (for free), if you've never used it before. Learn more here.
  • Be at your computer about five to ten minutes before your appointment, ready to receive an email from your tutor with a link to your assignment's file in Google Drive. 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 Skype to talk with your tutor or use the Chat or Comments feature in Google Drive to talk about your work.
  • 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.