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Writing Center: Schedule a Session

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How Does This Work?

Step 1: Schedule a session with Helen Howell using the banner above. All sessions are taking place via Zoom this year, so you will need a computer with audio at a bare minimum; a microphone is a great tool if available (otherwise you will have to communicate via chat), and video is nice but not essential. If you need a pair of headphones for audio, there are several available to check out at the library desk.

If you want to schedule a session but can't come to any available slots (or they are all taken), let us know and we'll work with you to set up a time.

Step 2: Have your work saved and ready to email to or share with Mrs. Howell (no matter what state it's in!) before your meeting.

Step 3: Consult your confirmation email for meeting information and log in promptly. If you are early, you may be relegated to the waiting room for a few minutes while another student finishes their appointment. Mrs. Howell will let you into the meeting room when it's available.

Important Tips

1. If you are able to send your work to Mrs. Howell a day or so before your meeting, she may be able to read it through beforehand and save time during the meeting for more in-depth conversation. This is particularly helpful for larger assignments - longer papers or senior theses.

NOTA BENE: You must schedule all sessions at least 18 hours in advance. The software is not currently set up to allow you to schedule closer than that. This allows writing center staff to plan for meetings effectively.

2. We recommend scheduling at least one follow-up session, though the more you do, the better. Multiple meetings to work through the same project will drastically improve your understanding of the concepts discussed, as well as the quality of your paper.

3. The earlier in the term you schedule your first visit, the more time you will have to work on your project with your advisor's guidance. We recommend coming in as soon as possible during the term in order for you to get the most out of your sessions.