For Fall 2021, the Writing Center is excited to welcome students back for in-person writing conferences at our Washington Square and Tandon locations. We will also continue to offer synchronous “Online” conferences for both campuses: please read below for guidelines on how to sign-up for and attend in-person and online conferences.
• What can I expect from an In-Person or Online Appointment?
Both in-person and online appointments are synchronous conferences in which you speak and collaborate in real time with a consultant or tutor, whether you work together in person in the Writing Center or work remotely over Zoom. In-person conferences and online conferences are both interactive, collaborative, and dynamic, giving you the opportunity to talk directly with and ask follow-up questions to a consultant or tutor.
We offer in-person and online appointments each weekday. 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.
• How do I sign up for an “In-person” appointment, and where will we meet?
You can reserve an appointment on the Washington Square Writing Center’s schedule or the Tandon Writing Center’s schedule up to a week in advance at a time that works for you. As you look at the Washington Square scheduler, please note that some appointments are designated as “In-Person” and some are designated as “Online,” so please check carefully when you are choosing your desired time slot and appointment type.
In-person appointments are held at 411 Lafayette Street, 4th Floor (Washington Square) or at 5 MetroTech Center, room 104 (Tandon). Please arrive 10 minutes early and check in at the front desk; if you are more than 10 minutes late, you will lose your appointment.
Please also note that we are observing the University’s daily screener and masking requirements for all in-person appointments in our Writing Centers.
Lastly, for your in-person appointments, we ask you to bring print copies for both you and the consultant—that will best enable you to collaborate on your writing during the session.
• How do I sign up for an “Online” appointment, and once I do, how do I start my session?
For all “Online” appointments (whether you are a student at Washington Square or Tandon), you will need to reserve your appointment on the Washington Square Writing Center’s schedule. You may do so up to a week in advance. Then, you will meet with your consultant or tutor online at that time, using your appointment to access a Zoom link for your conference.
Before you click on an open appointment time on the scheduler, be sure you have selected a time-slot marked as “Online.” Once you select an online appointment time, open the window marked “Create a New Appointment,” where you will find 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.” Fill in these boxes and press save. You will then receive a confirmation email that you have successfully reserved your appointment.
When you reserve an online 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, make sure that you share your Google Doc with your consultant several hours before the conference. You can find the consultant’s email address on the appointment page. Set your sharing settings so that your consultant can comment.
A couple of minutes before your “Online” appointment time, 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.)
• What if I have technical issues during an “Online” appointment?
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!