Schedule an Appointment!

Writing tutoring clients must CLICK HERE to make appointments. (The virtual appointment book is sometimes blocked by Christ Hospital’s firewall, but appointments can always be made off campus.) Clients may choose to make either a face-to-face or online appointment (per the schedule of available hours below), although face-to-face sessions are recommended for brainstorming sessions.

Face-to-Face Consultations: At the start of a face-to-face session, the tutor will work with the client to establish the purpose of the session. If the client is working on a course-related assignment, the assignment description or prompt should be brought to the session and described in the client’s own words. Since each session is only 30 minutes in length, the tutor will focus the session by asking the client, “What are your primary concerns?” The tutor will then use specific questions to help guide the client through the concerns s/he identified. (Such concerns might involve understanding the assignment; brainstorming, focusing and organizing content, etc.) All face-to-face sessions will take place in room 243 (NEW LOCATION!). If the client is more than ten minutes late to their scheduled appointment time, another client may be permitted to step in.

Online Consultations: For an online consultation, the client will email their Word document attachment to the tutor at least one half-hour before their scheduled appointment time. The client’s first and last name should be identified in the title of the document (example: Jane_Smith.doc), and the document must be received by the scheduled appointment time (or it will not be reviewed until another appointment is made). If the client’s document is a course assignment, the client should describe the assignment in their own words and identify their primary concerns about the assignment in their email to the tutor. The tutor will virtually pose questions (using the Tracking Changes function in Word) in order to help the client think about how to address any concerns and revise accordingly. This feedback will be provided to the client within 48 hours of his/her appointment time.

  • Click here for instructions on attaching a document to an email.
  • Click here for instructions on using the Tracking Changes function in Word.

When looking for an appointment, clients should keep in mind the due date of their paper or project. Ample time must be permitted for revision and follow-up appointments. For this reason,  it is recommended that clients meet with a tutor at least two weeks in advance of a course-related paper/project due date. Clients can schedule as many appointments as necessary but should not schedule back-to-back appointments.  A limited number of appointments is available each week, so scheduling an appointment long in advance of the desired appointment date is strongly suggested. If an appointment must be canceled, it should be canceled AT LEAST 24 hours in advance. NEW POLICY: If on three occasions a client fails to cancel his/her appointment 24 hours in advance, s/he will not be permitted to make another appointment in that given semester.

As a result of both face-to-face and online consultations, clients will gain insight and practice that will help them write more effectively. Clients should not expect that the tutor will provide content or edit/proofread. If the tutor notices problematic patterns in grammar/punctuation while reviewing a paper/project, the client will be referred to the appropriate resources and perhaps provided with a corrective example pertaining to the pattern. The same policies will be applied with regard to citation styles. If clients are having difficulties with APA or MLA, the tutor will orient them with the appropriate resources and provide a relevant example. The tutor will not review references line-by-line (either in-text or in the References/Works Cited page).

It is also important to understand that course instructors will ultimately be responsible for assigning a letter grade to course-related papers/projects, so the tutor will not evaluate course-specific content or guarantee that students will earn a desired grade as a result of the session. IMPORTANT NOTICE:  In order to keep faculty informed about what progress clients are making with writing tutoring, a list of tutoring clients may be emailed to faculty each week; faculty may also request to see tutoring session records (unless prohibited by the client).

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