When you make an appointment at the Undergraduate Writing Center, you will work one-on-one with a Peer Learning Facilitator (a fellow undergraduate who is trained to help with writing). Peer Learning Facilitators (PLFs) can assist with any kind of paper for any class, and at any stage of the writing process. That includes help identifying a topic, formulating a thesis, organizing your ideas, incorporating and citing sources, or learning to proofread effectively. Make an appointment for help on a particular assignment, or set up regular appointments throughout the quarter to work on improving your writing.
We offer the following types of appointments:
- Scheduled Appointments: Our most common service is a 50-minute appointment scheduled ahead of time to work face-to-face with a PLF on either composition or ESL issues. These types of appointments are available in A61 Kaplan (formerly Humanities) and in our Social Science location (in Powell 238) We are also open in Rieber Hall 115 for on-campus residents and in Powell Library 238 for all students. The Rieber location offers both 50- and 25-minute appointments, while the Powell location offers 50-minute appointments.
WAITLIST: When someone cancels or doesn’t come to a scheduled appointment, a session becomes available. To get on a waitlist for a cancelled appointment, come to the Undergraduate Writing Center OR send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 206-1320. Include a phone number and the time(s) you are available for a session. We will call you if we have an opening.
- Walk-in Appointments: We offer walk-in tutoring on a first-come, first-served basis at all of our locations during our regularly scheduled hours of operation. Most sessions last 30 minutes, but sessions can last from 10 minutes up to 50 minutes, depending on the number of students who are waiting for an appointment.
- Online Appointments: This service allows you to submit your paper online and, at a scheduled time, you and a PLF can each view your paper simultaneously and discuss revisions in a 50-minute conversation online, using Google Hangouts and Google Docs. You schedule an online appointment just like you do a regular face-to-face appointment.
How Do Online Appointments Work?
Online writing appointments occur during our regular A61 Kaplan (formerly Humanities) location appointment hours, Monday-Thursday, 10am-6pm and Friday, 10am-3pm. We use a combination of Google Docs and Google Hangouts or Skype. For further instructions, go to “Making Online Writing Center Appointments” and “Using Google Docs and Google Hangouts.”
What’s the Difference b/w Online and In-Person Appointments?
If you cannot come in person to the Undergraduate Writing Center, an online appointment is a good way to receive feedback on your writing. Online appointments are very similar to face-to-face sessions: we will work with you on any assignment and at any stage of the writing or research process. Also, even if you don’t have a written draft, we will work with you to brainstorm ideas and identify good ideas to start your paper. Because of the technology, there are some limitations in online writing appointments:
- Online appointments may take longer or cover less ground than in-person appointments.
- You must make an appointment in advance for an online appointment AND e-mail us your paper in advance of the start of your appointment so that we have your paper when we contact you online.
- Online appointments require as much involvement as an in-person appointment. Have a clear idea of what you want to work on and show up online with lots of questions.
Making Online Writing Appointments
Here’s how to get started:
- Make an appointment online. Be sure to indicate that you want an online appointment. This appointment must be made one day in advance.
- After you’ve made the appointment, send your paper to the following email: email@example.com. Make sure to attach documents that you and the PLF will need to look at. If you haven’t started drafting, that’s OK. Just attach the assignment OR a description of the writing project. IMPORTANT: We need to receive those documents 30 minutes BEFORE your appointment. Your PLF will then upload any documents you provide to Google Docs and share them with you for the purposes of the consultation.
- Online consultations will be conducted using Google Hangouts or Skype so that you can talk to the PLF. To use Google Hangouts, you need to have the Google Hangouts application loaded on your computer. Go to http://www.google.com/chat/video to find the app for download. This needs to be done before your appointment.
- Finally, you need to be online at the e-mail you have given us at the time of your appointment. You will receive an invitation from the following gmail account to chat from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please accept the invitation and then we can begin our work.
Privacy and Google Docs/Hangouts
Please remove all personally identifiable information from the document that you will share with the PLF on Google Docs. Personally identifiable information includes your UID, phone numbers or email addresses or any other sensitive information. The same applies to Google Hangouts or Skype.