Scheduling and Getting Ready for Consultations
How do I make an appointment?
Use our online scheduler (WCONLINE), available on the front page of our website, to schedule an appointment. New clients will need to register as a new user.
Can I walk in for a face-to-face appointment, or do I need to schedule an appointment?
Face-to-face walk-ins are accepted on a first come, first served basis if we have consultants available.
What do I bring to a WCC Session?
For a session, please bring:
- Whatever writing you have done so far, even if it is just a few words
- The assignment, including a description of the assignment from your textbook or your class notes
- A willingness to learn strategies that will help you be a more efficient and effective writer
- Your questions, even if you don’t have a draft yet
- You may want to consider the following:
- Mark sections of your draft you’re unsure of, and write down questions about those sections
- Outline what you have written so far
- Think about comments and suggestions that have been made on other papers you have written
Do I need to provide a complete draft of my project for my consultation?
No. Provide your work to us at any stage of the process. You can even visit us to get ideas for how to start your project.
Do I need to bring a printed copy of my project to my face-to-face consultation?
While you can bring in a printed copy, it is not required. You can also use your own device or one of our laptops to access it.
Do I need to upload my project for an online consultation?
It is helpful if you can upload a draft online to help focus your consultation. However, if you need help to get started, you do not need to upload anything. Just let us know you need help getting started when you make your appointment, and we will be ready to help you.
During a Consultation
What happens in a typical WCC session?
In a typical WCC session (usually 30 minutes long), the consultant will engage you in a conversation, helping you realize strengths in your paper, and pointing out places that are unclear. The two of you will then discuss strategies to help you improve on areas that need strengthening. You will focus on audience awareness, organization, thesis, and development first, and then sentence-level concerns, grammar, mechanics, word choice, etc., if there is time. We always encourage you to come back for future consultations to continue the conversation.
You, as a writer, maintain responsibility for your paper. Much of what the consultants say may reflect their personal opinion, based on their own writing styles, so suggestions may be politely declined.
Will you proofread my paper for grammatical and/or mechanical mistakes?
Yes! However, we will not JUST look at grammar. We will look at your thesis, formatting, structure, and organization before we focus on grammar. This helps you make the best grammatical and mechanical decisions based on a finished product.
Who does the WCC serve?
Anyone at CBU
Any CBU undergraduate student, evening student, graduate student, faculty, staff, or alumni may use the WCC.
All Writing Levels
One-to-one writing consultations are not just for professional writers working with their editors. Nor are such consultations reserved for remedial writers and their tutors. Writing consultations can benefit anyone.
Writers can bring papers from courses in biology, political science, communications, and many other courses, including English courses. They can also come in to work on resumes, job applications, internship reports, or any other writing task they’re working on.
After Your Session
Will I be ready to turn in my project after a visit to the WCC?
You will probably still have some work to do on your project when you leave the WCC. Your session at the WCC will have covered your next steps, and you will leave with a clear plan on what to do to continue forward with your project goals. If time allows, you should come back to the WCC to check through your decisions before submitting your project.
Will my professor receive any notice that I visited the WCC?
The WCC does not automatically send word to your professor, but if you would like, your instructor can be notified about your visit. The choice is yours.
Is the WCC for tutoring?
No. When students come to the WCC, it isn’t because they are “bad writers” who come to us for information on how to “write correctly.” In the WCC you will collaborate on assignments with WCC consultants, who will help guide you toward writing decisions you make.
Can the WCC accommodate additional language learners (non-native speakers of English)?
Yes. Every effort is made to work with additional language learners. Often, our consultants are themselves speakers of English as an additional language.
Can I call, send, or fax a paper to the WCC?
No, to have your paper reviewed by a WCC consultant, you must make a face-to-face or online appointment.