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How a Consultation Works

Our philosophy

Our consultations are designed to teach strategies and skills that apply to current and future writing projects. The goal isn’t to fix your paper for you—it’s to show you some ways you can revise your own writing so you can be successful on your own even after you leave the writing center.

What a consultation looks like

We recommend that you make an appointment to guarantee a meeting with a tutor. You can make an appointment through the TutorTrac scheduler, or call us at (407) 823-2197. We welcome walk-in writers, but walk-ins can only be seen if we do not already have an appointment scheduled or if our appointments do not show within 15 minutes of the appointment time.

At the beginning of your appointment time, you’ll come to the UWC and sign in (or, if you’re having an online consultation, you’ll log into our Adobe Connect meeting room). Your tutor will meet you and you’ll sit down together.

If you haven’t worked with a tutor on this writing task before, the tutor will probably begin by asking you a number of questions: about your assignment requirements, about what you’ve done so far, and about what questions or concerns you have, or what specific parts of your paper you want to focus on. The tutor wants to have a better understanding of what you’re working on, and gather information that will help the two of you decide what to prioritize in the consultation. You won’t be able to discuss all aspects of your writing in 30-45 minutes, so the tutor may recommend a few key issues to focus on. Together, you and the tutor will also discuss your concerns in order to make a plan for the session.

After that, the tutor might read part of your paper aloud, or ask you to read it. You’ll discuss key issues, and your tutor might have you do some revising during the consultation so you can practice the strategies you’re talking about. At the end of the consultation, you’ll log out, and your tutor will send you an e-mail that will recap what you did during the session and serve as your “to-do” list for continuing to revise after you leave.

Some things UWC tutors can help you do

  • Understand assignment requirements
  • Develop ideas
  • Plan and organize your writing
  • Identify and address some key aspects of your writing for you to revise
  • Learn to cite and document sources
  • Practice strategies for proofreading and editing
  • Learn to correct errors in grammar, punctuation, and mechanics

You may also visit the UWC in small groups. This could be a group consultation on a group assignment, or several classmates working on the same individual assignment may wish to visit as a group.

How to get the most out of a consultation

  • Visit the UWC well before your assignment is due.
  • Allow enough time to have multiple consultations (on different days) for big writing projects. You probably won’t be able to discuss all aspects of your writing in just 30-45 minutes.
  • You don’t need to have a completed draft. Working with the UWC earlier in your writing process—even before you get started—can be just as useful.
  • For long-term help, arrange a recurring weekly appointment to meet with the same tutor at the same time throughout the semester.
  • If you’re not sure how to handle a complicated assignment, or if you’ve got writer’s block, those are good times to visit us!

What to bring to a consultation

  • Your assignment requirements or guidelines for writing
  • Your work—everything you’ve done so far
  • Your notes, outline, sources—everything you’ve used to help you write
  • Ideas, questions, and specific learning goals you’d like to accomplish

About online consultations

The UWC offers online consultations in addition to our face-to-face sessions. Online consultations take place in real time via Adobe Connect, a free web-based program.

To learn more about online consultations, visit our Online Consultations page.

Recurring appointments

  • You may wish to work with the same consultant on a recurring basis. Recurring appointments may be scheduled by contacting the UWC during business hours at 407.823.2197. You should also complete the following form and bring it with you to schedule your appointments.

Small group consultations

For ALL sessions (face-to-face and online)

  • Group members should designate a team leader who will schedule the appointment at the writing center. When making the appointment, the team leader can make a note that this consultation will be a group appointment.
  • All members of the group should attend the session. Sending one member of the group to have the writing tutor “look over the paper” doesn’t facilitate learning for anyone in the group. In order to learn, all members of the group must be present.
  • Groups should be no more than three to four students. Our space can only accommodate five people at a table (4 writers + 1 tutor).
  • Sometimes, group papers or projects can be a large undertaking. Because consultations are only 45-minutes, it is best for the group members to identify segments of the project that they may want to focus or work on during the consultation.
  • There may be no more than one appointment per group per day, and no more than three appointments in a seven day period.

For ONLINE groups, follow these additional steps:

  • After making an appointment for the Online Center, the group leader must forward the log-on instructions to each member of the group, and checking to make sure everyone has reliable internet for the consultation. Our Adobe Connect software should be functional on every writer’s computer before we can hold online group consultations.
  • To maximize the time to discuss the writing, please be sure that all members of the group are in the Adobe Connect room at the start of the appointment hour. At the beginning of the consultation, the consultant will ask for NIDs so that we can log each writer into our system.
  • Online appointments are limited, as we have only one online tutoring station. Sometimes, these appointments book up a week in advance. Please consider staggering deadlines and encourage students to not wait until the last minute to schedule appointments.