Preparing for Your Appointment
Following are several tips to help you plan for your appointment so you can make the
most of your session with a writing tutor:
- If you’re unclear about an assignment or a professor’s comments on your work, meet
with the professor in advance to clarify expectations or questions.
- Review your assignment and any writing you’ve begun; jot down ideas, questions, and
areas of concern so that you have them organized and ready.
- If you haven’t begun drafting your paper yet, try to engage in some “prewriting”—such
as brainstorming ideas, free writing, or sketching a rough outline. It's helpful to
get your ideas flowing before your appointment. But if this is the process you need
help with, you can work on it during the appointment.
- Have a goal of one or two key things on which you’d like to focus; there will not
be time to review an entire paper during one session.
- If you're working on a group or collaborative assignment, the writing tutor is only
able to help with the part you wrote. Your whole group may come in for a group session,
though please indicate this when scheduling the appointment.
Plan ahead to allow plenty of time between your appointment and the deadline for preparing
or revising your paper; you may need to schedule more than one session on different
days to address all of your writing concerns.
Sessions take the form of a dialogue, so plan to be actively engaged in discussing
and exchanging ideas about how to strengthen aspects of your writing.
What to Bring to Your Appointment
- Your agenda for the session—one to two key areas on which you'd like to focus
- The assignment sheet/writing prompt, so the writing tutor has a better understanding
of the project your professor has assigned
- Any pertinent reading assignments, books, or other sources
- Any work-in-progress notes, free writing, outline, or rough draft
- If you've begun writing, two printed copies of your essay—one for you and one for
the writing tutor
- Comments or feedback provided by your instructor on an essay (if available)
- Paper for taking notes and a pencil or pen
- Only one project, to ensure a productive conference