(note that the pandemic may slightly alter this for summer 2021)
Summer consultation will take place in one of three ways:
1. Face-to-face. This is the preferred method, as it is by far the most effective. Make an appointment and then show up at PML 107. If you’re working on an assignment, bring anything that might help the consultant understand the writing situation. You might also bring a second copy of your work to read while the consultant reads. Appointments can be 30 or 60 minutes.
2. Synchronous Online. We’ve tested various methods of consultation-at-a-distance. This is the most effective. Audio and video are too distracting. This method is simply chat in Google Docs/Drive. Make an appointment through the online scheduler. There’s a place on the appointment form to indicate online consultation. Then share your work with the consultant, and then be online in that work at the time of the appointment. Make sure you give editing privileges to the consultant when sharing. You’ll see the consultant’s email address on the top of the appointment form.
3. Asynchronous by Email. This is the simplest but least effective method. You simply schedule a time and then email the consultant your work. This is obviously not good for brainstorming sessions. There’s not much of a chance for dialogue and clarification, though there might be an extended conversation via email following the initial response. You’ll see the consultant’s email address at the top of the appointment form. Indicate in the “comments” box that this will be an asynchronous appointment.
For 2 or 3, the consultant’s email will be on the appointment form. PLEASE visit the Policies and Guidelines page if you haven’t ever used the Writing Center. We will assume you understand the policies and guidelines.