- Who Works at the WCC?
The WCC is primarily staffed by student consultants. Our undergraduate consultants, from a variety of majors, are strong writers and communicators who enjoy helping their fellow students.
- Do I Need an Appointment?
For our online or in-person consultations, appointments in advance are recommended. However, you can sign up for a live appointment up to 10 minutes before the start time, provided we have an available slot. Written feedback requests also require an appointment. Walk-in help is available only in cases when consultants are not otherwise booked. Appointments for all types of consultations can be made using WCONLINE Appointment System.
- How Often Can I Make an Appointment?
You can book one consultation per day.
- Can Graduate Students Use the WCC?
Yes, absolutely! If you need general help with issues of organization, clarity, grammar, style, and citation, you can always make an appointment with any of our consultants. Graduate students looking for more specialized help have the option of booking an appointment with our graduate assistants, graduate writing specialist, or faculty director. Our graduate writing specialist is also available to help with dissertation and thesis manuscript formatting.
- What Happens During a Consultation?
For in-person and online meetings, your consultant will probably begin the session by asking questions about your writing project, and they may also want to go over the assignment/rubric from your instructor. If you have a draft, you’ll read through it together—possibly aloud, which can help you hear and identify issues in your writing. Your consultant will likely ask additional questions, make suggestions, and respond as an experienced reader. You’ll be an active participant in the conversation! Feel free to ask questions, think aloud, take notes, and begin your revision process. Your consultant may direct you to resources that may be of use to you. By the end of your consultation, you should have a solid plan for completing or revising your work.
For a written feedback appointment, your consultant spends up to 45 minutes with your work. They first read through your assignment guidelines and any questions or focus areas you have provided with your request. Next, they will read your draft and respond with suggestions and resources. You will receive an emailed client report, which is a letter providing an overview of key themes in your writing, and they will also make suggestions and comments directly on your writing project. While we may provide some comments directly on your paper, we do not make line edits. Our goal is to provide you with actionable feedback so that you can keep moving with your project.
- How Should I Prepare for My Consultation?
For your in person or online consultation, make sure you think about what you would like to accomplish during your session, and make note of any questions you have. Our consultants like to see assignment guidelines or rubrics if available, so it would be helpful if you attached these documents to your appointment request. If you’ve started planning or writing your paper, bring your notes and/or a draft. You can upload them to the shared whiteboard space during your consultation. If you book a written feedback appointment, make sure you’ve included as much information about your assignment as you can. In addition to your in-progress draft, you will need to upload a prompt, rubric, or any other supporting information to help your consultant best understand the context of your writing assignment.
- What If I Have to Miss My Appointment?
You may cancel your appointment by logging into the appointment system yourself if it is within the self-serve cancellation window (10 minutes before online appointments). If you are unable to access the online appointment system, you can email [email protected] or call us at 423-425-1774. If you do not show up (or login) to your appointment within fifteen minutes of the scheduled start time and you have not been in touch with us, your appointment will be marked as missed. If you have three missed appointments within a semester, your account access may be temporarily restricted. We understand that occasionally things happen to prevent you from making your consultation, so please just let us know if you are having trouble keeping or accessing your appointments and we will work with you.
For written feedback requests, it is imperative that you include the most recent draft of your work in order to receive the most relevant feedback. You can update the consultation request after you have made the appointment, but note that in many cases the consultant will begin working on the written feedback even before the date it is scheduled, so please let us know as soon as possible if you no longer need the feedback or if there is a newer draft that we should consider.
- Will You Notify My Professor I Came?
After each appointment, your consultant will email you a client report providing an overview of your consultation. You can forward this report to your professor to let them know that you visited us, but the WCC does not email professors directly as proof of your visit. Note that most reports will be sent the same day, but some may not be sent until your consultant’s next shift. If you need but have not received a client report, you can let us know at [email protected].
- You Guys are Great! What Don’t You Do?
Aww, shucks! Well, we do not make predictions or guarantees about grades, and we do not take over the writer’s work with our own words or preferences because the work is your own. Nonetheless, if it has words, we can probably help.