Whether you are finalizing a seminar paper or just brainstorming for a presentation assignment, the CWR is an inclusive student resource that provides opportunities to collaborate with trained consultants to develop and polish projects across disciplines. In the current online format, we offer two types of CWR appointments:
Online Synchronous One-on-One Consultations:
Once you are registered in WC Online, you can schedule an ‘Online Only’ appointment to meet one-on-one synchronously with a trained Writing Consultant. You do not need to upload your document beforehand, but have the option to do so anytime before the appointment. One-on-one consultations are great at any point in the writing process. From brainstorming to polishing for submission, our consultants are trained to help students prepare, develop, and present their work. Students can meet with a CWR consultant to discuss projects ranging from seminar papers to poster presentations. The consultants are prepared to work with students across disciplines on a variety of projects.
E-Tutoring Asynchronous Appointments (Email Submissions):
Once you are registered in WC Online, you can select the ‘Email Review’ calendar to submit your document for review by a Writing Consultant. You are not expected to attend an asynchronous eTutoring appointment.
First, you will schedule your appointment using the Email Review Schedule in WC Online. All appointments are scheduled for 6 pm. You must upload your document to the appointment window by 6 pm. If you did not attach your paper at the time you made your appointment, return to the schedule and click on the yellow folder icon at the top of the schedule, and attach your paper in the window that appears. Appointments without attachments will be cancelled.
The consultant you have scheduled an email review appointment with will email the paper back to you with comments and suggestions. The feedback will also be added to your appointment window in WC Online. Papers 15 pages and less will take approximately 2-3 business days, and papers between 16 and 50 pages will take approximately 7 business days. These timetables are estimates, not deadlines. Papers received after business hours on Fridays will typically not be considered “received” until the following Monday.
Make an appointment on our online scheduler by clicking on an available time slot.
Fill out the form that pops up with information about your assignment. Be as detailed as possible.
At the time of your appointment, log into our scheduler again and click on the red square for you appointment. In the appointment window that appears, click the red “Start or Join Online Consultation.”
You will be taken to a virtual whiteboard space. Your Consultant will meet you there, as indicated by the “2” in the upper right hand corner (for 2 users in the room).
You can paste your paper into the whiteboard space, or you can upload it using the Import/Export button (two arrows facing opposite directions) in the upper right corner. You can text chat with your client, or if you would like to use audio/video chat, click on the grey panel on the left side of your screen. You will be asked to allow your web browser to access your camera and microphone. Click “Allow,” “Yes,” or something similar, depending on your browser.
Your Consultant can show you other tools that you can use during your session, like drawing, highlighting, and viewing your revision history. At the end of your session, be sure to download your revised paper using the Import/Export tool again.
*For a video tutorial on making synchronous appointments, click here.
- Your Consultant will probably first ask you what you want to work on.
- If you already have specific goals for your tutorial, please let your Consultant know!
- Your Consultant may talk to you about your ideas for your paper/topic.
- You will probably be asked to read your paper aloud (people often catch errors in reading that they haven’t noticed before).
- Your Consultant can help you find the strengths and weaknesses of your paper.
- Your Consultant may also help you organize your ideas, develop a strong thesis, enhance your academic language, or may suggest ways to strengthen your argument, etc..
- The written question or assignment from the professor
- Your notes of draft, in paper copy if possible
- Any of the sources you are using
- Whatever else you’ve got that you think will be helpful
- You can get on a waiting list for a particular day. Next to each Consultant’s name, there is a small clock icon; if you click that icon, you will be notified if an appointment opens up with that person for the hours you specify. (If you’ve provided us with a phone number in your user profile, you can also receive text messages about open appointments. Or follow us on Twitter at @CGUWriting for notifications as well.)
- You can submit your paper for email review. If you can’t meet to speak with someone in person or online, you can still receive feedback on your paper via email. In the same appointment system, select the calendar labelled “Email Review” from the drop-down menu at the top, just under the MyCGU logo. On that calendar, you can select any Consultant and upload your paper. (The time on the calendar does not matter; it is for administrative purposes only.) In a few days, you will receive comments via email; for documents 15 pages or less, we estimate 3 business days, and if your document is 16-35 pages, we estimate 7 business days. (We make no guarantees about return dates and cannot honor assignment deadlines.)