You don’t need to come to campus to receive help from the Writing Center and Speech Service! We offer two ways you can receive assistance online.
Email consultations for writing and speech help can be requested 24/7 through our online forms. Within two to three business days of your completed submission (not including university breaks or school closures), you will receive a response from firstname.lastname@example.org with two attachments: your assignment with our recommendations and comments, and a PDF file summary of the consultation which can be used as proof of use for required visits.
Please keep in mind that during a regular week, online consultations submitted after 5 pm on Fridays may not be returned until the following Wednesday. That time is extended for school recesses and closures. Also, if we need to contact you for more information, it may delay the return of your submission.
Note: You cannot see comments on Word documents while using a mobile device. You must open the document on a desktop or laptop computer to see the comments. If you wish to have a recording of your speech consulted on, you can upload the recording to YouTube (no need to publish it) and include the link to the video in the consultation request form.
When you want or need the interaction of a face-to-face appointment, but coming to campus is not an option, you can choose to schedule a virtual appointment! We use Zoom (available to students for free through the university) to conduct the consultation.
You'll schedule your appointment through TutorTrac and add a note in the appointment that you want to meet virtually. When it's time for your appointment, log into TutorTrac and click the Enter Online Appointment button in the TutorTrac Main Menu box. The button will launch Zoom on your computer and take you to your consultant's Zoom lobby. When it's time for your appointment, your consultant will connect with you.
- Pick a device to use for your appointment that can display your draft and allow you to make edits while speaking with your consultant (relying on a smartphone only isn’t recommended).
- Be able to give your full attention to the appointment, just as you would for a regular face-to-face meeting.
- Make sure your Internet connection is strong, and your incoming and outgoing audio is fully functional.
- Make sure you are in an environment with few to no distractions, and take steps to avoid interruptions.
- You must have a device with a microphone and speakers and/or a headset with a microphone. Video and/or screen-sharing is encouraged.
- Virtual appointments count the same as regular appointments (up to three appointments per class per week, and one appointment per class per day).
- Please do not overlap submissions to the online consultation service and face-to-face appointments for the same assignment.