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Sessions

Wondering if your paper sounds right? Worried about your thesis? Maybe you just want someone to give you helpful feedback? You’ve come to the right place! Consulting Sessions are the Writing Center's primary service. In these sessions, you sit down and talk through your writing with a fellow student. Sessions are one-on-one to ensure that you and your consultant can focus on your writing for the 25-minute or 50-minute session.


Appointment or Drop In?

You can just drop by, but to be sure to get a session, make an appointment ahead of time and make return appointments immediately after sessions. To make an appointment call 206-592-4364 or stop by 26-319i. Come to the Writing Center with your ideas, draft, assignment sheet, and/or questions. Then we'll get started!

How Does a Consulting Session Work?

Sign-up
The desk just inside the Writing Center door has the consulting session schedule. Make an appointment ahead of time using this schedule, or check it over when you come in to see if someone is free.

Sign-in

When you come in for your appointment, please sign in on the computer. We use this record to track how many students are using our services. Be sure to check in at the front desk to let them know you are there.

Greetings and Introductions
Consultants who are working wear nametags. The consultant at the front desk or any available consultants are happy to direct you to your consultant.

The Purple Sheet: Oh no, Paperwork!
Yes, it's paperwork, but it's not a big deal. We just need to know a little about you, what your assignment is, and what areas you'd like to focus on during your session. The consultant will take notes during the session, and then you can take the "purple sheet" with you when you leave.

The Assignment
If possible, please bring in a copy of your teacher's instructions for the assignment. It helps the consultant understand what you're doing and gives you the opportunity to check your understanding of the assignment.

Planning the Session: What do you want to accomplish?
The consultant can help you identify priorities, but you decide what's most important to your learning. Check out the page about the spiral to better understand how and why consultants prioritize in sessions!

Read it aloud: Are we kidding?
No really, we're serious. Reading aloud while the consultant listens and reads along is a fast and powerful way to get both the consultant and you to focus on your writing. You'll be amazed at how many changes you'll think of yourself as you hear your own words being read aloud.

What is the consultant doing while I'm reading?
While you're reading, your consultant will listen actively and check for these important criteria:
  • Does your paper fit the assignment?
  • Is it focused on a central topic and/or thesis?
  • Is it clearly and effectively worded?
  • Is it well edited for grammar, spelling, and punctuation?
  • Are you using sources appropriately and effectively?
We are also just interested in listening to what you’ve written!

Why doesn't my consultant make corrections and write comments on the paper?
The consultant's job is to help you discover how to make choices about your own writing, so you'll be a better writer after each session. When you make your own changes and take notes on your own paper, you're actively learning how to better your writing. The purple sheet will have all the consultant’s notes, and you will be able to take this with you.

So the consultant talks with me, and I revise and edit my own writing?
That's right! And when you're done, it's your work and not anyone else's. You have used your resources, learned to write better, and improved your own paper. Congratulations!

How do we end the session?
We discuss what you've accomplished, plan your next steps together, and help you sign up for another appointment! (Don't forget to sign out on the computer.)

We look forward to working with you! Stop by any time—we’re happy to help.