Did you know?
- The WRC is a free service.
- Consultations focus on broad communication strategies that students may use with future assignments. Put simply, we work with students, not just papers or presentations.
- Students who voluntarily come to the WRC benefit the most.
- WRC hours get booked quickly around midterms and final exams. Encourage students to plan ahead.
- To accommodate a large group of students, contact the WRC director, Sharon Zuber, at [[slzube]] to discuss logistics.
A Consultation can
- 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 consultation 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.
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.