We Offer Appointments Online, for ELL Writers in Buck 09, and Face-to-Face in Ames 105B!

Online Appointments via Your Webcam

To sign up for an online, webcam appointment, you can go to WCOnline. If you need help navigating this interface, we have directions! To find them, visit the Student and Faculty Resources section of our website. There you will discover complete directions under #13. For online appointments, you MUST have a working camera.

ELL/ESL Tutoring Appointments in Buck 09

Our ELL tutor is offering appointments on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dr. Nikolova also offers some flexibility. If you would like to meet with her outside of her standard hours, please email her directly at tnikolov@iwu.edu

You can make the appointments using our WCOnline website. Once you have chosen "ELL Menu" from the center drop-down, please email Dr. Nikolova directly at tnikolov@iwu.edu whether or not you are able to schedule an appointment on the Writing Center | Tutoring Services website to coordinate, reschedule, and confirm appointments. Dr. Nikolova will do her best to provide flexibility in scheduling appointments outside of the listed ELL hours to accommodate time difference and other scheduling conflicts. The best way to communicate to make needed changes and find times that work for both the student and instructor is via email.

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Appointment:

  • If you're looking for grammar, punctuation, and citation assistance, we strongly recommend you visit the student resources section of our website so as to spend more of your appointment time focused on content-based concerns. Our tutors are trained to consider higher-order concerns (thesis statements, uses of resources, analysis, and structure of the paper or project, for example) before looking at grammar and citations. Writing centers as a rule are not proofreading services but rather a place to talk about your writing process and products more holistically.
  • If you want to meet with a speech tutor, we have a "filter" option on WCOnline. From the drop-down menu, pick "oral presentations" to see which tutors have speech lab experience. They will be more than happy to meet with you in the writing center and then find a quiet practice space for you to go over your speech. Alternatively, you can practice your speeches via our online tutoring software. 
  • If you're working on a senior seminar paper, we recommend you establish a relationship with a tutor early in the semester so you can stay on track and have regular check-ins to keep your writing process going. Additionally, having one tutor keep working with you allows them to become familiar with your work, your writing style, and your goals.
  • In general, establish a relationship with a tutor whose style works for you. Our tutors are well-versed in work across the disciplines and have experience with various professors. Their bios articulate their tutoring philosophies, citation knowledge, and, often, professors with whom they have worked. Try a few tutors out at the beginning of the semester to find the one whose style and knowledge-base work best for you!

What to Expect During an Appointment:

  • All papers, presentations, and speeches are read out loud (either by the writer or the tutor) so as to accommodate writers of all abilities and to listen as well as look for patterns of error.
  • We will ask the writer what he, she, or they think about their paper in addition to sharing our ideas. Our tutoring is suggestion-based, which means writers do not have to make a change if they don't want to. On the other hand, we will not write the writer's paper or edit it for them. We instead expect to have a discussion about writing with the writer as well as the tutor providing feedback.
  • We will e-mail a writer's professor -- if she, he, or they so choose -- to confirm they had an appointment with us. We just ask that the writers remind us they want their professor to know they visited us.