Studio Guidelines

When to Visit the Studio

  • You have no clue what to write or speak about
  • You have some good ideas but want to bounce them off of someone else
  • You know your paper or speech has "issues"
  • You are finished, but you think you need another opinion
  • You are confused about punctuation, grammar, or pronunciation
  • A teacher encourages you to make an appointment
  • You would like guidance with research and citing sources

How to Make an Appointment

We welcome walk-in appointments but encourage students to use electronic scheduling through Moodle. All appointments meet in the library, room 116 (ground floor) and are usually 30 to 45 minutes long.

To schedule an appointment through Moodle, take the following steps:

1.  Log into Moodle.
2.  In the list of course categories, click Studio for Writing and Speaking (near the bottom).
3.  Click on The Studio for Writing and Speaking.
4.  Scroll down and click on the date you'd like to set an appointment.
5.  This will open a list of available time slots for each consultant. In the Choice column, click the box corresponding to the time you want to reserve. If you feel you need to meet with a consultant for more than half an hour, you can select two consecutive slots.
7.  When you have selected the slot(s) you want, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Save My Choice button.

NOTE:  If you cannot attend an appointment, please cancel so that your time slot will be available for another student. To do this, click Drop my appointments (near the bottom of the time slots page).

If you have questions, ask one of the consultants in the Studio to walk you through the scheduling process.

What to Bring

  • Questions
  • Ideas
  • Assignment sheet
  • Draft of your paper or speech (if you have one)
  • A pencil or pen
  • Sources (if you're writing research)
  • Any other materials that will help the consultant help you

What You Will Do

  • Talk with the consultant
  • Read your paper aloud or listen as the consultant reads it aloud; practice your speech with the consultant as the audience 
  • Ask questions and respond to the consultant's questions and suggestions
  • Learn to find and revise your own errors in your papers and oral presentations

What the Consultant Will Do

  • Ask questions
  • Make suggestions
  • Help you identify your strengths and weaknesses
  • Help you see options for revision

What the Consultant Will Not Do

  • Write your paper or speech for you 
  • Correct every mistake in your written work (NOTE: Editing is a highly technical skill. Consultants are not trained editors or proofreaders. They can help you find error patterns and teach you how to address them, though.)
  • Let you drop off your paper or presentation and pick it up later

Tips for a Successful Consultation

  • Make an appointment as soon as you get an assignment
  • Come often
  • Visit at every stage of the process
  • Bring necessary materials
  • Plan to spend at least thirty minutes to an hour with a peer consultant 
  • Be committed to your own progress and success
  • Be nice to the consultants

Please Remember . . .

  • If you're more than five minutes late for your appointment, consultants will see any walk-ins who are waiting.
  • Students may make up to two 50-minute appointments a week, one appointment per day.

Walk-ins Welcome!