Online One-to-One Sessions

Our core service is a 50-minute, one-to-one consultation with one of our professional consultants. For the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, all one-to-one consultations will be held via our online chat service. Through online chat, you and your consultant can ask one another questions, practice strategies, and make revisions in real time. Visit our online scheduler to book an appointment.

Making an online chat appointment

Book your appointment via our online scheduler, exactly as you would for a face-to-face session. All of the appointments on our main writing center schedule currently default to online chat.

When it’s time for your session to begin, log in to the scheduler and click on your appointment. You’ll be directed to join your consultant in a chat room where you can instant message and look at your draft together.

Preparing for your session

You’ll get the most out of your online session with a little preparation. Here’s what we recommend:

  • Try to schedule your appointment so that you can draft beforehand, and leave enough time following your session to revise. You’ll want to put into practice what you learned.
  • Have materials related to your project accessible: a digital copy of your draft, any assignment prompts or feedback you’ve gotten, the texts you’re reading, and sources you’re considering using.
  • Take some time to read your writing before your session. Identify what feel like the strongest parts, and a few goals or areas that you’d most like to work on.

If you have specific questions about your professor’s assignment or expectations, ask! The more you can tell us about the goals for your writing, the better.

So that we can best serve all students, we also ask for your courtesy.

  • Arrive on time. All appointments begin at the start of the hour (for example, at 11:00 sharp). After ten minutes (e.g., at 11:10), you risk losing your appointment to another student.
  • Come prepared to actively engage in the session. During your session, you’ll be drafting, asking questions, revising, and engaging in productive conversation around your writing.
  • Cancel your appointment if you can’t make it. You can do this yourself on the online scheduler, or by emailing If you miss an appointment without canceling it, your online scheduler account will be suspended and you won’t be able to make future appointments until we hear from you.