How a Consultation Works
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
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.