The Writing Center offers online appointments for distance learning students and those who aren’t able to meet with us in Lloyd Hall.
You can choose between asynchronous (e-tutoring) or Zoom consultations.
.Asynchronous (E-tutoring) Consultations: You don’t need to be online for an asynchronous session. You will upload your draft when making your appointment, and your tutor will review the work and send comments via e-mail at the end of the hour. Your feedback will also be stored in our system if you want to log in and review it later.
Zoom Consultations: This option allows you to chat with a tutor in real-time. When you book with us, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with your tutor’s Zoom link. You can click on that link at the start of the appointment time to meet up with your tutor.
Choosing Asynchronous vs. Zoom: Asynchronous sessions are a great option if you already have a good understanding of your assignment and a draft of the paper. When you make your appointment, you will upload your draft and include questions for the tutor. The tutor will respond to your ideas, point out places where you can improve, and give suggestions to improve your grammar and style. You will receive feedback via e-mail by the end of the hour (it is not necessary for you to be online during the appointment time). You can also log into our system and navigate to your past appointments in order to retrieve feedback. You can review the feedback and make revisions at your convenience.
Zoom sessions allow for more conversation and an opportunity to ask questions. If you need help with brainstorming, understanding your assignment, deciding on a research strategy, improving your writing process, or learning a new citation style, you might prefer this kind of consultation. In a Zoom session, the tutor will ask a lot of questions, help you clarify your goals, and give you specific tasks to help you get started or make progress on a draft.