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Drexel Writing Center Appointments - What to Expect

Whether you are a first-year student or a doctoral candidate, you will likely encounter new genres of writing that you must master. Engineers and CEOs alike must communicate their ideas through writing, and even professional writers seek support for developing their skills. The Drexel Writing Center (DWC) offers one-to-one sessions in which writers work with readers collaboratively to develop writing skills and projects. In-person and synchronous online appointments are available. Online synchronous appointments are ideal for students who cannot visit campus, and closely mimic the immediacy of in-person appointments through the use of audio, video and chat.

To Make An Appointment

  1. Create an account on our online scheduling system: (Be sure to use your alpha-numeric Drexel email address)
  2. Select the most appropriate schedule when you log in, or on the top of the page after logging in. Visit our For Students page and our For Faculty & Staff page for more information on which schedule to choose.
  3. Read the guidelines at the top of the schedule and choose an open appointment. Open appointments are white.

Before Your Appointment

Think over what you want to accomplish during the session and come prepared to explain what you are working on, what is going well, and what you would like to work on during the session.

During the Appointment

You will work collaboratively with your consultant. Together, you will negotiate goals for the session based on your goals for the project and where you are in the writing process.

Your consultant will provide you with honest feedback and share their expertise. They will present you with options that take advantage of all your linguistic resources, but you, as the writer, will ultimately make and implement changes in your project.

After the Appointment

Your consultant will give you “next steps” for meeting your goals after you leave the session. You can return to the DWC for another appointment to continue working on this project, or on another project. You are welcome to stay in the center to continue working on your writing before and after your appointment.

Important Things to Note:

  1. Appointments are 45 minutes long. The last fifteen minutes of each session are dedicated to reports consultations must complete.
  2. You are able to have 2 appointments per week if you are an undergraduate student and 1 appointment per week if you are a graduate student.
  3. You should not submit more than 10 pages per appointment.
  4. You will probably not accomplish more than one or two goals per session (for example, developing your thesis, strengthening ideas, organizing ideas, editing for clarity, etc.).
  5. You can request to have a copy of the session report notes sent to you or your instructor.
  6. If you have an online appointment, you can access the online interface at any time after the appointment. The work you have done and the chat is saved.
  7. While our staff will do our best to help you with questions about your disciplines style of citation, readers are not required to be experts in all of the citation styles used across disciplines in the university. Learning citation styles is part of learning the conventions of your discipline and should be supported by the experts in your discipline, your instructors.