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Appointment Types

Writing Center Tutors work with writers—individually or in groups—on different types of projects across multiple disciplines and media. Throughout all our work we emphasize collaboration, writing, and revision.

We help writers develop awareness of their own process(es) as they navigate different exigencies. In each appointment, your tutor will work with you to collaboratively set an agenda focused on one, two, or three specific topics for revision.

The Writing Center also serves as DePaul’s official source of student support for ePortfolios.

Specific details about each type of appointment the Writing Center offers are described below.

For further information, please see our Writing Center policies.

As per DePaul President Esteban's update on COVID-19, the Writing Center is currently offering online appointments only.

Online Realtime Appointments

Online appointments allow you to meet with a tutor remotely in real time and get the same quality feedback as though you were sitting face to face. You’ll meet your Writing Center Tutor online in a chatroom and/or via Webcam within WCOnline, our scheduling platform.

How An Online Realtime Appointment Works

  • Online Realtime appointments must be at least 1 hour long. In order for our tutors to provide thorough feedback, please consider your priorities for revision when determining the length of your appointment. We’re able to work on:
    • 8 double-spaced pages of writing per 1 hour
    • 12 double-spaced pages of writing per 1.5 hours
    • 16 double-spaced pages of writing per 2 hours
  • To meet your tutor online, log back onto WCOnline and select the red link that says, “Start or Join Online Consultation” from your appointment window approximately 5 to 10 minutes before the start of your appointment.

  • You and your tutor can review the paper together and make changes to it in real-time in a collaborative rich-text editor. You can upload the paper or simply copy and paste the text into the editor.

  • You’re in charge of the direction of the appointment, so before you meet online, try to prepare questions for your Writing Center Tutor or some goals for the tutorial.

  • You may also work on prewriting, brainstorming, working under pressure, improving grammar, and other aspects of writing, even if you do not have a draft or a particular assignment.

Online Realtime Appointments

Written Feedback Appointments

In a Written Feedback Appointment, you can receive feedback on your work no matter where you are or when you’re free. You submit your project electronically and our tutors review it and email it back to you with feedback. Your tutor will write a summary letter and leave comments in the margins that you can review at your own pace.

When you make your appointment, you can attach any applicable materials to the appointment, including your writing prompt, draft, and any sources, such as an article you’re citing, to help your tutor better help you.

How A Written Feedback Appointment Works

  • Access WCOnline to submit your paper. For Written Feedback appointments, we can only work with editable file types (e.g. .docx, .xlsx, .pptx, .rtf).

  • A Written Feedback appointment must have a minimum time of 60 minutes (1 hour) in order to allow time for your tutor to access and read your draft before offering comprehensive feedback.
  • In order for our tutors to provide thorough feedback, please consider your priorities for revision when determining the length of your appointment. We’re able to work on:
    • 8 double-spaced pages of writing per 1 hour
    • 12 double-spaced pages of writing per 1.5 hours
    • 16 double-spaced pages of writing per 2 hours
  • If you want your tutor to review a specific part of your paper (e.g. pages 8–15 in a 20-page draft for a one-hour appointment), you’ll need to indicate the page range when you make your appointment. Otherwise, the tutor will start their review at the beginning of your document.
  • When you set up your appointment, make sure to give your tutor as much information about the assignment or project as possible, including the kind of help you’re interested in, such as feedback on how the draft follows the project requirements or how you develop your argument, help with developing content or a counter-argument, suggestions for how to organize your draft or a particular section of it, or feedback on recurring issues with particular aspects of grammar or punctuation.
Written Feedback Appointments

Conversation Partner Appointments

Want to improve your spoken English? If you’re an English language learner and would like to practice speaking English, our tutors are available to work with you as Conversation Partners. Conversation Partners can meet through an Online Realtime appointment via webcam for a 60-minute appointment.

You can schedule a Conversation Partner appointment in WCOnline by selecting it from the appointment type menu. You can also request a Conversation Partner in person or over the phone with our receptionists.

How A Conversation Partner Appointment Works

  • You’re in charge of the direction of the appointment, so before you meet, try to prepare questions for your Writing Center Tutor or some goals for the tutorial.
  • You can bring any material you may want to have a conversation about, including something you recently read or an assignment you were given in a class. You can even bring a translation dictionary if you think it will help you and your tutor communicate.
  • You and your Writing Center Tutor can discuss grammar, idioms, and other language-related questions you may have.
  • Your Writing Center Tutor isn’t going to evaluate your English speaking skills. Our tutors are genuinely interested in helping you practice conversations in English so that you can become more comfortable with everyday use of the language.
Conversation Partner Appointments

Writing Group Appointments

Writing Groups are an UCWbL service in which a Writing Center Tutor facilitates a review and discussion of works in progress for a group of 3 or more writers. These 90-minute meetings are scheduled on a weekly or biweekly basis, and they are designed to provide support and feedback for specific fields of writing. Each session usually combines discussion and feedback, although the focus is determined by the writers’ needs, and the meeting’s agenda is developed collaboratively by the facilitator(s) and writers.

Writers seek or join Writing Groups for a variety of reasons:

  • Accountability—Writing Groups give writers a deadline and motivation to write
  • Feedback—Writing Groups provide reassurance, suggestions, and recommendations for revision
  • Guidance—Writing Groups can help writers become familiar with new genres, reader’s needs, and reader’s expectations
  • Brainstorming—Writing Groups help writers generate and develop ideas
  • Networking—Writing Groups provide a community for people with like-minded interests
  • Inspiration—Writing Groups help people who are looking for different perspectives and new ideas
Writing Group Appointments

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