Online Videoconference Appointments

Want to talk with a consultant about your piece of writing but can’t make it to the Writing Center? No problem.

Through our appointment system, you can work with a writing consultant anywhere you want (as long as it has a decent internet connection and you have a mic). We call these Online Videoconference Appointments.

  1. Once you are in the appointment system, select the appropriate schedule from the drop-down menu (either "Undergraduate Student Appointments" or "Graduate Student Appointments")
  2. Find an available appointment time that works for you and your schedule - remember, for videoconferences you must attend the appointment in real time. Click on the available appointment to select it. 
  3. In the appointment form window, in the block that says "Meet Online?" select "Yes. Schedule Videoconference Appointment."
  4. You can optionally upload a copy of your draft or any related materials at the bottom of the appointment form. This is not required for a Videoconference appointment. 
  5. Check over the information you provided, then click "Save Appointment."
  1. A few minutes before your appointment time, log back into the appointment system. We strongly encourage writers to use Mozilla Firefox or Chrome browsers to avoid technical difficulties.
  2. Find your appointment and click on it to open up the Appointment Form.
  3. Click on "Start or Join Online Consultation."
  4. Your consultant will join you online at the start of the consultation. If you don’t immediately see your consultant, wait a few minutes for them to join in case they are having technical difficulties.
  5. You must have a working microphone to talk with your consultant, and you can also use video and text-chat.

Image showing steps to begin the video conference.

Policies to Know

Technology Requirements: 

For Online Video Consultations, you'll need access to a good internet connection. You'll also need a computer that has a microphone and camera so you can meet with your consultant and have a real-time conversation about your writing.

Because these are interactive, collaborative appointments, please make sure you join your videoconference appointment in a setting in which you can focus and engage in a professional, school-related conversation.