Conferences are 45- or 90-minute conversations with a friendly peer about work in progress. Writers can schedule conferences at any point in the writing process, whether they've just received an assignment or already have a complete draft.
What is a conference like?
Tutors are smart, general readers. They ask questions to help you clarify your thinking and share their understanding of what's written on the page so that you can decide whether your meaning is accurately conveyed. They suggest options and strategies for planning, drafting, and revising. Their goal is to help you not only to finish the current assignment, but also to learn strategies that you can use again in the future.
How do I meet with a tutor?
In Fall 2020, conferences will be by appointment only. Start by creating an account on our online schedule.
Make sure the login screen is set to Fall 2020, and log on. The white rectangles are available appointment times. You can also use the dropdown menu at the top of the schedule to view only the hours of "specialist" tutors, such as public speaking tutors, foreign language tutors, or a multilingual writing specialist.
Click on an available time to view the appointment pop-up screen. For an in-person conference, select a tutor marked "Face-to-Face and Online" and then choose "Meet face-to-face at the center." For an online conference, select any tutor; all tutors offer an online option.
Fill in all the fields on the pop-up screen: course, instructor's last name, your phone number, and what you want to work on during the conference or what you'd like the tutor to focus on while reading your draft. Upload a draft, the prompt, or any other information you think the tutor needs to understand the assignment. Drafts can be added up to two hours before the start time.
**NOTE: The tutor will read your draft during the first 15 minutes of the appointment, so log on to WCOnline at 15 minutes past the hour to return to the appointment pop-up screen and click the link to enter the video conference. For a 90-minute conference, log on at 30 minutes past the hour.
Appointments must be made at least two hours in advance.