Online appointments are synchronous conferences in which you speak and collaborate in real time with a consultant or tutor who is there for you in the moment. In Online conferences, you work together with your consultant or tutor on Zoom and have a chance to engage in conversation and ask follow-up questions. Online conferences are more interactive, collaborative, and dynamic than asynchronous eTutoring, where you will upload a draft to your appointment and later receive written or audio-video feedback from a consultant or tutor. Because eTutoring is asynchronous, you do not have the opportunity to talk directly with or ask follow-up questions to a consultant or tutor.
Because we want all Go-Local students in Shanghai and around the globe to have opportunities to schedule synchronous Online conferences at times that work for you, we have extended the Writing Center’s hours in New York to include many more early morning and late evening times. Most of our conferences this fall will be synchronous Online ones.
Please note that all appointments listed on the scheduler are in New York time, so if you are in a different time zone, please take the time difference into consideration when you reserve your appointment.
“Online” appointments are similar to in-person Writing Center meetings. You reserve an appointment on the Writing Center’s schedule at a time that works for you up to a week in advance. Then, you meet with your consultant or tutor online at that time, using your appointment to access a Zoom link to your conference. In your Online session, you will video chat and work with a consultant or tutor in the moment. You and the consultant or tutor will collaborate, revise, and rethink your draft together. You’ll generate new writing, and you’ll aim both to strengthen your paper and to develop long-term practices that you can take with you and draw on later.
When you “Create a New Appointment” on the scheduler, you will only be able to schedule an Online session with many of the consultants and tutors. For some consultants and tutors who take both Online and eTutoring appointments, you should select “Schedule Online Session.” On this same page, you will see a box asking you to “Please describe the 1-2 priorities that you are hoping to receive feedback on from the consultant” and a box informing you that “If using Google Docs, please provide a link here. You may also upload a Word Doc in the file sharing links below (Word Docs are recommended for eTutoring).” Fill in these boxes and press save. You will then receive a confirmation email that you have successfully reserved your appointment. If your draft isn’t ready to share when you sign up for the appointment, you can go back and share it on the appointment later, but we ask that you share the document at least 24 hours before the scheduled conference time. Also, before your conference, remember to share your Google Doc with your consultant or tutor; you can find their email address on the appointment page.
A couple of minutes before your “Online” appointment time, you should log into WCOnline and click on your appointment. You will see a box at the top titled “For Zoom Online Conferences” that will include a Zoom link to your session. Click that link and wait for your consultant to welcome you in through the waiting room. **There is a second box on the appointment page that invites you to “Start or Join an Online Meeting,” but please disregard that option.
If you choose “eTutoring” for your session, you will share your document on the scheduler and be asked to describe the 1-2 priorities that you hope to receive feedback on. The consultant will read the draft and respond to your questions in writing or with audio-video feedback. The consultant may also offer some questions and suggestions of their own when they send you feedback about your draft.
When you “Create a New Appointment” on the scheduler, you will only be able to schedule an Online session with many of the consultants and tutors. For some consultants and tutors who take both Online and eTutoring appointments, you may select “Schedule eTutoring Session.” On this same page, you will see a box asking you to “Please describe the 1-2 priorities that you are hoping to receive feedback on from the consultant” and a space to “Choose File” and upload a Word Document. Please fill out your priorities and upload your draft. If your draft isn’t ready to share when you sign up for the appointment, you can go back and share it later, but we ask that you share the document at least 24 hours before the scheduled conference time. We also ask that you use Word Docs rather than Google Docs for eTutoring sessions.
On the day of the conference, the consultant or tutor will open your draft, review it, and offer you written feedback by the end of your scheduled meeting time. For example, if you schedule an eTutoring conference with a consultant for 2:00pm Eastern Daylight Time on a Thursday, the consultant or tutor will send you their feedback by 3:00pm. Even if you post your draft several days before your conference date, the consultant or tutor will not send feedback until the end of the scheduled meeting time.
When the consultant’s feedback is ready for you, you will receive a message from the NYU Writing Center indicating that the feedback on your draft is now available. The draft with the consultant’s feedback will be attached to that message. This feedback will also be saved for you in your appointment slot on the WCOnline Scheduler, where you can review it at any time.
Your consultant or tutor will spend 45 minutes reading your draft and responding based on your 1-2 main priorities. You can help the consultant by including your assignment prompt and writing a detailed message about the 1-2 priorities that you most want feedback on. Please note that you should not expect comprehensive editing or proofreading from the consultant or tutor. That is not what eTutoring is for. You also cannot ask follow-up questions about a consultant or tutor’s feedback via the eTutoring. Lastly, the page-limit for eTutoring sessions is 8-9 double-spaced pages.
When you reserve your appointment, you will have the option of sharing a Google Doc or attaching a Word document. Although we ask you to upload your document 24 hours before the session, please note that the consultant will not read this document until your session. If you share a Google Doc, please be sure to set your sharing settings so that your consultant can comment; for eTutoring, we recommend that you send a Word doc.
We hope this will be a seamless experience for you, but if you do encounter technical issues, please try the following.
1. Close other browsers and anything else that might be interfering with your internet connection.
2. Make sure you’re using Google Chrome to enter the session.
3. You can leave and re-enter the session to see if that fixes the problem.
4. Please remember that your consultant or tutor is not a tech expert. They may not be able to help fix your technical problems, but they will work closely with you to ensure the session goes as smoothly as possible.
If you have other questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working with you!