What should I bring to a consultation?
For the most successful consultation, clients are encouraged to be prepared with the following:
- Specific questions
- The description of the assignment or prompt from the instructor
- A hard copy of the paper/draft/outline/notes or an electronic copy that can be accessed during the session
- A flash drive
- The name and e-mail address of the instructor (if the client desires a copy of the Record of Visit to be e-mailed to the instructor)
- Current or past rough drafts of papers with instructor comments/suggestions on them
What types of assignments should I bring to the Writing Center?
Writing Center consultants can help you with much more than just English papers. Feel free to bring in writing assignments received from any class in any discipline. We can advise on history papers, lab reports, résumés and cover letters, linguistics assignments, PowerPoint presentations, speeches, Microsoft Office programs, job or graduate school application essays and more.
You can receive help during any stage of the writing process. Bring your assignment in if you are having problems with your outline, rough draft, revised draft or final draft or if you need a peer review. We can even go over a variety of techniques for generating ideas if you are having a difficult time starting your paper or feel disconnected from it. Consultants are familiar with many writing styles, including APA, MLA, AP and Chicago, so you can also come in for assistance with referencing and citing sources.
What are the policies and procedures of the Writing Center?
Currently the Writing Center does not have a listing of policies and procedures online; check back with us later for policies and procedures.
Is the Writing Center open during finals week?
The WC has limited hours for finals week, and sessions are scheduled typically by appointment only. Hours during finals week vary each semester. In addition, the Writing Center is not open during the first week of the fall or spring semesters.
What is an ROV?
An ROV (Record of Visit) is a form that must be filled out electronically for each consultation by both the client and the consultant. The client fills out general information (name, date, e-mail address, etc.), information on the assignment to be discussed and whether or not he or she wants the instructor to be notified of the visit. The consultant records what happened during the consultation and writes revision suggestions on the ROV after each session.
Once the ROV is completed, the WC keeps it for its records and e-mails a copy to the client. Another copy is sent to the client's instructor if the client requested so on the form. Generally, it is a good idea to notify instructors of the visit so that they are aware of your extra effort and of the topics discussed during the session. Some instructors require notification.
Also, you may want to ask your consultant for a printed and signed copy of the ROV before leaving your session if WC visits count for class credit, as the WC sometimes might get backed up with ROV work during especially busy times of the semester.