During this period of remote learning, the Undergraduate Writing Center is offering the following services:
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 with a PLF on either composition or ESL issues. These types of appointments are available online via Zoom during remote learning. Click here for more information on our Zoom appointments.
WAITLIST: When someone cancels or doesn’t come to a scheduled appointment, a session becomes available. To get on a waitlist for a canceled appointment, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 206-1320. Include your name, a phone number, your student ID number, and the date(s)/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 our locations during our regularly scheduled hours of operation. Walk-in appointments are generally 30 minutes, but you may have multiple walk-ins in one day, depending on the number of students who are waiting for an appointment. Walk-ins are currently being offered online via Zoom. Find more information about how to sign up for a walk-in here.
- Email Consultations: If you are having trouble scheduling a Zoom appointment, you can now receive written feedback on your paper via email. If you email us a copy of your paper and indicate a few of your specific concerns, a PLF will review your work and provide comments. You can find detailed information about this new service here.
What’s the Difference Between Online and In-Person Appointments?
Because we are not able to offer in-person services during this time of remote learning, scheduling 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 to online writing appointments:
- Online appointments may take longer or cover less ground than in-person appointments.
- You must 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 by clicking on “Book” in the upper right corner of the website or signing up for a virtual walk-in.
- The day before your appointment, a receptionist will send you instructions on how to share your paper with the UWC. 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 at least 2 hours 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. Find more information about sharing your paper via Google Docs here.
- Online consultations will be conducted using Zoom so that you can talk to the PLF. Your PLF will send you a link to the Zoom meeting shortly before your appointment.
Privacy and Google Docs
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 Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Skype.