We Offer Appointments Online, for ELL Writers in Buck 09, and Face-to-Face in Ames
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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.