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We provide individual consultations for any type of writing and for any stage of the writing process.

What is a consultation? 

A consultation is a chance for you to sit down with a writing specialist and talk about a specific piece you are working on. It’s not a “fix” for your paper, though you and your consultant will focus on developing solutions for 2-3 problem areas. The types of problem areas we usually work on are content development, thesis statements, organization, incorporating research, grammar, and style, but feel free to bring in any paper you want some guidance on.  Our consultations last about 30 minutes.  

What is an online consultation? 

Online consultations are run like a virtual meeting, but we’ll be “chatting” or using video. WCOnline (where you make an appointment) will allow you to choose “online appointment,” and will create a private session room for us. Click to view a video demonstrating how to register and use this. Appointments are meant to guide you, walk through the problem areas within the paper, and give you the tools to succeed and not be a "quick fix" or easy editing. Please note we are only offering e-tutoring and online consultations only for the Fall 2020 semester. 

What to expect?

Tutors assist students with everything from brainstorming to revising a final draft. The types of problem areas we usually work on are content development, thesis statements, organization, incorporating research, grammar, and style, but feel free to bring in any paper you want some guidance on.  Our consultations last about 30-60 minutes.  

Getting the most from a session

The Writing Center is a place for you to experiment with your writing—you may try a new type of introduction, or a different way of structuring a sentence. Be open to that experimentation. Your consultant will not tell you what to do. She will ask you a lot of questions about what your intentions are with the piece and offer suggestions that will help make those intentions clear to a reader. The choice to make a change is yours.

The same idea applies to grammar problems. Your consultant will point out any patterns of problems she sees, and will teach you how to avoid that problem. It will be up to you (with your consultant’s guidance) to find and change instances of that problem.

How to prepare

You will need your assignment and any notes/ drafts that you have done (in hard copy even if you uploaded your essay). Be sure to do any reading or planning that you can ahead of time. For example, if you want help brainstorming, you should have read all of your materials. If you want help with structure, try to create a sample outline. Watch video to see what a consultation looks like.

What is the Difference Between E-Touring and Online Appointments?

  • E-TUTORING - If you make an e-tutoring appointment, you’ll upload a copy of your writing to the online scheduling system for a tutor to review. During the hour you booked for a session, the tutor will take a look at your writing and send you a feedback letter by the end of the hour. You don’t actually have to be present for the session, which makes this a great choice for clients who have busy schedules. If you need directions for uploading a document for review, visit our website for instructions. 
  • ONLINE APPOINTMENT - If you make an online appointment, you’ll meet with your tutor via the WC Online Appointment Scheduler. Meetings take place online, using the built-in online consultation module. Online meetings include a chat area, a whiteboard or document-sharing space, and limited audio/video. WC Online is part of the Shaw U system, so you already have an account with WC Online
  • ZOOM APPOINTMENTS - If you request a Zoom appointment it is the same as an online appointment with more capability with audio/visual, screen sharing, commenting, and editing. However, unlike an online appointment, you will need access to your laptop or desktop camera or a phone camera. With online appointments, you can simply use the chat feature to discuss changes. With Zoom, the tutor will make real-time changes in Google docs.

Rules for consultations

  • The Writing Center no longer allows same-day papers or paper assignments over 6 pages.  
  • Tutors must have at least 48 hours to return papers. We do not accept same-day or 24-hour page editing requests. We ask that all appointments be made 48 hours in advance of the due date. 
  • All appointments must have the assignment rubric and guidelines uploaded to the appointment. 
  • All e-tutoring appointments must at least come with a draft or some brainstorming started, and very clear expectations must be given. 
  • Papers cannot be given to a tutor without clear instructions and problem areas outlined. 

Appointment Policies

  • If you need to cancel, you must cancel at least one hour before the appointment. You may cancel online or call the Center at 919-719-2285.
  • If you are more than five minutes late to your appointment, it may be given to a walk-in client, and it will be recorded as a missed appointment.
  • After three missed appointments in one semester, you may not make appointments—you are still encouraged to use the Center on a walk-in basis.
  • Submit only your own work. It is not the responsibility of the Writing Center to identify plagiarism; if you are unsure of whether or not you are plagiarizing, please bring in the source with your paper. If a consultant believes a paper is plagiarized, she is at liberty to end the consultation.