ATTENTION

STARTING FALL 2016, ONLINE APPOINTMENTS WILL BE BOOKED THROUGH PHONE 313-577-2544 AND EMAIL ONLY (WayneState.WritingCenter@gmail.com)

STUDENTS MUST SUBMIT THEIR ASSIGNMENT TO WayneState.WritingCenter@gmail.com by 9AM THE DAY OF THEIR ONLINE APPOINTMENT

FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN CANCELATION OF ONLINE APPOINTMENT


 

PRE-ONLINE REQUIREMENTS 

To confirm that you have read and understood all of the above, please send an e-mail providing the following:

  • An attachment of the material you wish to cover in the appointment, as well as specific concerns or goals you hope to address
  • You will need a Gmail Account to conduct online appointments.  If you do not have a gmail account, they are fast, free, and easy to set up. Simply go to http://mail.google.com/ and sign up.
  • Verification that you have read the instructions and have installed Google Hangouts and Google Drive
  • Please make sure the e-mail has been sent by 9am the day of your appointment. Failure to do so will result in cancelation of your appointment.

ONLINE APPOINTMENT RULES

  • All students must work actively with the tutor during the session.  Online appointments are conducted similar as face-to-face where both tutor and student interact and discuss writing needs and skills.
  • We do not conduct online appointments in the first hour of operation
  • Appointments, while scheduled on the hour, begin 10 minutes after the hour. These 10 minutes are for your tutor to prepare all of the material needed for the appointment to be conducted smoothly. It also allows a grace period for the student to sign-in and connect with the tutor.  

Online Writing Center Philosophy

At the Wayne State University WRT Zone (Writing Center), we hope to help as many students as possible with as many of their concerns as we are able. However, we are unable to attend to certain concerns. Note that we actively avoid a few points during sessions:

·      We do not “edit” or “fix” papers, but rather go over material. 

·      If problems in grammar, sentence structure, et cetera, are found, it is our goal to address these issues. Our tutors will point them out to the student, explain what the issue is, what the grammatical rules surrounding the issue are, and how to go about fixing these issues. The goal here is to grant the student access to the necessary skills to fix these issues themselves while not fixing the issues for them. 

*NOTE*

Following the above philosophy and because we provide an extended explanation of errors and grammatical rules, online appointments are NOT the best venue to address these issues. In-person appointments are far more advantageous to address grammar, sentence structure, and language issues. Please keep this in mind if you are planning on scheduling an online appointment.

What online appointments ARE very useful for, other than extended availability: planning, brainstorming, formatting questions, citation questions, overall project direction, and so on.

We understand that time constraints keep students busy during our normal hours of operation. If grammar, sentence structure, and/or language are the only concerns AND the student is unable to make an in-person appointment, they are absolutely welcome to make an online appointment. However, PLEASE consider the following to help get the most out of the appointment:

Finding your own answers:

There are a tremendous number of very effective resources that students can tap to find answers to their questions before the appointment. If you have specific questions, such as wondering how to cite something (both in reference pages and in-text citations), please visit the Online Writing Lab at Purdue. 90% of your questions can be answered here if they are about citations, formatting, paraphrasing, et cetera.

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

If you are unable to find answers to your questions here, considering simply searching on Google.com for answers. The top result from a search will very frequently address your questions, too. The point of this is to address as many simple questions as possible before the appointment begins so that students have as much time as possible to address concerns they are not able to find answers to on their own. This is doubly important if the primary concerns are grammar, sentence structure, or language-based. 

**Finally, please consider when scheduling an online appointment for grammar, structure, and/or language concerns that progress will be slow. Depending on the type and quantity of issues, students should not expect more than a page or two (at the very most) to be covered in the 50-minute session.** 


GOOLGE HANOUT TUTORIAL

 

To view the tutorial on connecting with your tutor via Google Hangouts, please click here

 

 

 

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