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 Consultant:
- If you’re unclear about an assignment or a professor’s comments on your work, meet
with him/her 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 you have them organized and ready.
- If you haven’t begun drafting your paper yet, it is often useful 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. If this is an area
where you're seeking support, this can be done 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 and/or collaborative assignment, keep in mind the Writing
Consultant 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 Consultant 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 write, outline, or rough draft
- If you've begun writing, two printed copies of your essay (one for you and one for
the Writing Consultant); note that printing is not available at the LAB
- Comments or feedback provided by your instructor on an essay (if available)
- Paper for taking notes and a pencil/pen
- Only one project per session to ensure productive conferences