Appointments and Policies
Appointments and Policies
To make an appointment for undergraduate students:
Make an appointment with an available Writing Center consultant who is listed as “undergrad” or “grad/undergrad.” Writing Center consultants are also listed under their name as “online”, “in-person & online” or it will be blank meaning that the consultant is in-person only. Once you schedule an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email.
To make an appointment for graduate students:
1. Register for an account if you do not have one already.
2. To make an appointment, just click on any white space next to a consultant who is listed as “grad” or “grad/undergrad”. You will be asked to fill out an appointment form. If the consultant is providing both “in-person” and “online” consultations, you will be asked to choose how you would like to conduct your appointment.
3. You will receive an email confirming your appointment after completion of your booking.
Check for walk-in appointments when you see a green light on the Writing Center walk-in sign. If you see a yellow light, check the schedule for times that are available later that same day.
Preparing for an Appointment
What to bring:
Be sure to bring your prompt or assignment sheet to your appointment. If you have done any brainstorming or drafting, bring any writing or notes with you. Also, bring a laptop/tablet or a pen and paper.
What to consider:
What would you like to work on during your session? Our scheduling page will ask you to list a few things you would like to address during your session. Remember that you can make more than one appointment for a given assignment. For instance, for a major paper, you might come in to brainstorm and talk about the prompt for your first meeting. You might make another appointment later to talk about evidence and development. Then you might make a final appointment to talk about editing closer to when the paper is due.
For online appointments:
How do you access your online appointment? To access an online appointment, visit valpo.mywconline.com (the website you used to schedule the appointment). Click on the green timeslot that you booked so that your appointment form appears. The appointment form contains a box titled “Meet Online?” click on the phrase “Start or join online consultation” within that box. This will open the online consultation.
Writing Center Policies
How many appointments may I make?
Appointments are 30 minutes or one hour long. You may make two 30-minute appointments per day, four appointments per week, eight appointments per month, and twenty-four total appointments in a semester.
Can I schedule back-to-back appointments?
Yes! You may schedule two back-to-back appointments for longer papers or papers for which you would like to address more significant questions or larger numbers of questions.
When may I cancel appointments?
You may cancel an appointment at any time up until four hours before your scheduled appointment start time. Just visit our schedule here to cancel: valpo.mywconline.com Canceling early allows other students to sign up for the appointment time.
What happens if I miss an appointment or attempt to cancel right before my scheduled time?
If you are 10 minutes or more late for an appointment, do not come to your appointment, or attempt to cancel an appointment with short notice, your appointment will be counted as a “missed” or “no-show” appointment. After three missed appointments, your Writing Center account will be disabled, and you will no longer be able to make appointments. You may still visit the Writing Center for walk-in appointments, but to schedule an appointment in advance, you must contact the director to discuss your account.
Will the Writing Center edit a paper for me?
Writing Center consultants do not edit papers for students, but we are happy to talk about grammar and mechanics with you. We will work on editing with you. We want you to become a better self-editor, and we are happy to help you work toward that goal!