Guide To Scheduling Remote Writing Center Tutoring

All Writing Center sessions will be online for Fall 2020. Students will have the option to choose between synchronous online tutoring or asynchronous eTutoring sessions.

For more help making an appointment, contact us at writingcenter@pnw.edu.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you want to speak with a tutor over video while reviewing your writing together, similar to a normal in-person appointment, you should make an appointment for Online Tutoring.

Scheduling an Appointment

  • Click the time slot you’d like to reserve and the “Create Appointment” window will pop up. (This window should look pretty normal. There is, however, an added box near the top.)
  • To schedule an appointment where you will talk with the tutor online, choose “Yes. Schedule Online appointment.” You will then answer the usual questions about your assignment.
  • At the bottom of the window, you now have the option to upload up to three files. Although you will also be able to paste or import your draft into the text window within the online consultation, this can be useful in case of technical difficulties so that the tutor still has access to your writing. Consider uploading your prompt or assignment description as well so the tutor can review that with you.
  • You can add files at any point before your appointment starts by clicking on your appointment in the schedule and clicking “Edit Appointment” at the bottom of the window.
  • Click “Create Appointment,” and your session is now reserved.

Going to Your Online Appointment

  • Open the WCOnline schedule and find your appointment. Click on it to open the appointment window.
  • Click on the link that says “Start or Join Online Consultation.” This will open a new tab and begin the session!

eTutoring or asynchronous tutoring is a different type of appointment where you submit your writing and the tutor reviews it and sends it back to you. There is no conversation between you and the tutor, although you can still let them know your main concerns about the paper through the appointment information.

This is not a proofreading service; the tutor will provide suggestions and respond to your writing as a reader, but they will not make “edits” or “corrections” to your work. This could be a good option for you if your camera and microphone don’t work well, if you’ve experienced technical difficulties with other video platforms, or if you’re working from a different time zone.

Scheduling Your Appointment

  • Click on the time slot you’d like to reserve and the “Create Appointment” window will pop up. This window should look pretty normal. There is, however, an added box near the top.
  • To schedule an appointment where you will submit your paper to be read by the tutor, select the “Yes. Schedule eTutoring appointment” option. You will then answer the usual questions about your assignment.
  • You will also be asked whether you would like the client report form forwarded to your professor at the end of the session. Since you will not have the opportunity to speak with your tutor in eTutoring, please indicate your choice while making the appointment.
  • At the bottom of the window, you will see fields to upload up to three files.
  • You don’t necessarily have to have your draft done before you make your appointment. You can reserve the time slot ahead of time, and then at any point before that session is scheduled to begin, you can upload any files by clicking on the appointment and selecting “Edit Appointment” at the bottom of the window.
  • Please send the tutor your current draft, the prompt or assignment description if you have it and any other information you think will be helpful. We ask that you limit your uploads to .doc, .docx, or .txt to ensure compatibility with the tutors’ computers.
  • Click “Create Appointment,” and your time slot is now reserved.

What Happens in an eTutoring Appointment

  • The tutor will spend the hour you scheduled for your appointment reading, reviewing and commenting on your writing. Shortly after the end of your reserved time, you can expect to receive an email notification with a document attached that contains the tutor’s feedback.
  • Although you will not interact directly with your tutor, we have asked the tutors to treat asynchronous eTutoring as much like a normal session as possible. This means that the tutor will not spend extra time beyond the hour reading your paper and they will not make direct edits or proofread your work. Keep this in mind when scheduling, as you will still need to review the tutor’s comments and make your own revisions before the work is ready to turn in.

These materials are adapted by those created by the Wake Forest University Writing Center. Many thanks to them for their clear and concise guides.