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What takes place in a typical consultation?

Students who come to the WRC meet with a peer consultant for a 50-minute, one-on-one appointment.  Often the best place to start a consultation is with the language of the assignment from the syllabus or a prompt.  After establishing a context for the paper (when it is due, how long it should be, what documentation style is required by the assignment, etc.), a student who has a draft will read the paper out loud.

Depending upon what stage of the creative process the student has reached as well as her or his   individual needs, the student may work with a consultant to create an argumentative thesis, organize their thoughts, or assess the work they have already produced.  

The consultant guides a student to develop their own strategies for revision by giving audience feedback. At the same time, students learn what the expectations for college written or oral communication are while learning how to become their own best editor. 

What a visit to the WRC is designed to do:
  • Help students develop strategies for approaching a particular assignment/prompt
  • Provide handouts, advice, and external resources about specific strategies to improve their written and oral work
  • Model how to find answers for specific questions regarding grammar or citation issues
  • Provide encouragement as students synthesize their own thoughts into cogent, clear argumentative and narrative structures
What a visit to the WRC is not designed to do:
  • Have a consultant proofread and correct all errors within a paper ("edit" the paper for a student)
  • Compose portions of papers for students
  • Guarantee perfect work, near-perfect work, or work "worth an A." The WRC consultants are trained not to discuss grades.
Did you know?

The WRC is a free service.

The WRC offers oral communication consultations.

Consultations are designed to provide broad academic strategies that a student may use with future assignments.  Put simply, we work with students, not just papers or presentations.

Students who come to the WRC voluntarily learn the most.

The WRC hours get booked up quickly around midterm and final exam times. Some students may not be able to make an appointment.

If a professor wants to require that a large group of students make appointments at the WRC, she or he should contact the WRC director, Sharon Zuber, at [[slzube]] to discuss the logistics of this.

Request a class tour or visit

WRC staff members are available to speak to your students about the services offered at the Writing Resources Center. You may bring your class to the WRC for a 15-minute tour, or a consultant can come to your classroom for a brief presentation.

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Our consultants can assist your students at all stages of the writing or oral communication process -  from the idea stage to the revision process.