Here is what you should expect from a face-to-face session:
- Be sure to bring along a printed copy of your draft (if you have one), notes or sources that might be helpful, and the instructions for your project (if any).
- When you arrive at the Writing Center, someone will greet you and log you in to our database as well as sign you into our paper log.
- Next, you will be asked to fill out a bit of paperwork to tell us more about your writing. The consultant you're working with will review that paperwork with you, and together you will decide on the direction for the session.
- Often, if there's already a draft, the writer (or sometimes the consultant) will read the paper aloud. As the writer, you will keep a pencil in hand to make any notes or obvious corrections you discover as the paper is read. The consultant will take notes on what stands out about the paper to go over with you. This method works well to keep both the writer and consultant engaged, but if there are reasons it won't work for you, we'll work on an alternative plan with you.
- The consultant will ask questions and make suggestions to help you decide what needs redrafting. The consultant will also provide information and/or resources to help you meet the expectations for the assignment.
- If the session lasts more than 40 minutes, the consultant will give an opportunity to ask any final questions in the last minutes of the session (which last up to 50 minutes). The consultant will then help you formulate a plan of attack for applying what was addressed during the session, which we then will ask you to record briefly on some paperwork so we can refer back to this information, especially if you visit again or have a follow-up question.
- The consultant will ask whether you'd like to make any additional appointments, and then will log you out of the database and the paper log.
Please watch for an e-mailed survey to let us know how we did. Your response will remain anonymous to the consultant, and the director will review it and follow up if you have any additional concerns.