Online Chat appointments are not that different from our traditional face-to-face appointments, except that, well, you don’t have to physically be in the same room. You still book an appointment for a set time, and you show up for that appointment, but you show up in our online consultation space and use video and/or text to chat. These appointments are great for brainstorming, asking questions about your assignments, or feedback at any stage of the writing process through conversation and collaboration.
Written Feedbackappointments are great for those who are unable to find time to meet with a tutor due to timezone differences. You simply upload your paper and receive your feedback by end of the appointment! These appointments are great when you have a lot of writing already done and have a clear understanding of the assignment. They are not good for brainstorming appointments. Please note, the feedback will be in the form of comments and questions – tutors will not do detailed editing for grammar. Click here for more detailed instructions on how to book and use this type of appointment.
Here is how to use Writing Centre’s Online Chat appointments in 5 easy steps:
1) Log into our booking sitewith your ECUAD webmail login, using the first part of your address (before @ecuad.ca) and the same password.
2. Find a writing consultant who offers Online Chat appointments. Click on a white square, which indicates an available appointment slot (you can book 30-60 minutes a day, up to 90 minutes a week)
3) Select the appropriate appointment type. In this case, “Online Chat”
4) Fill out the rest of the pop-up window form. When it’s time for your appointment, log back into the system, click on your appointment and then click the “START OR JOIN ONLINE CHAT APPOINTMENT” link.
5) Once you click that link, a new window will open showing three panels: a video consultation panel on the left (if camera and mic are turned on), a whiteboard space in the middle where you can upload or paste your text, and a text chat panel on the right:
Most people seem to prefer the text chat option, in which case just turn off your video and start typing in the lower right hand corner.
And that’s all there is to it! Just another easy way to work with the Writing Centre.
Need to cancel or make changes to your appointment?
You have up until 30 minutes prior to the start of the appointment to make any changes. You can simply log back in and click on your appointment to cancel or edit it. If it is past the 30 minute limit, you must e-mail us at email@example.com. If you are concerned that you do not have enough writing for your appointment, please consider meeting your tutor anyway for a brainstorming session!
What: Weekly time slot of appointments (cannot be pre-booked and first come, first served) where you can meet with a drop-in tutor in person for approximately 20 minutes. For more information on what to expect or bring, check out our handy guide to drop-ins.
When: Thursdays, 2-4PM
Where: Writing Centre in the Library
Last Minute Magician sticker illustration: Jazz Groden–Gilchrist & Faolan Cole
ABORIGINAL GATHERING PLACE (AGP) DROP-IN with Zoë
Are you curious about the Aboriginal Gathering Place? Do you need a hand with a writing assignment? A second set of eyes on an academic paper? Or even someone to bounce ideas off of? Come on down to the AGP for a drop-in tutoring session with Zoë, a fourth-year visual arts student and peer tutor at the Writing Centre! Feel free to come check it out whether you come in with a final draft, an assignment sheet and an idea or anything in between.
What: Drop-in only face-to-face appointments that are first come, first served.
Who: for Aboriginal students
When: Mondays, 11:30AM – 12:30PM during Spring 2022
Where: On campus (masks required)
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Mercedes Eng is a writer and sessional and a Faculty Writing Associate at the Writing Centre for 2021-22. As a Writing Associate she seeks to support writing development and accessforracialized, neuro-divergent, and disabled students at ECUAD, an institution shaped by European structures and ideologies and is situated on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ Nations.
Mercedes is available to help with academic writing, creative writing, writing related to your art practice, any kind of writing, at every stage of writing development.
We are offering some limited in-person scheduled appointments and in-person weekly drop-ins for the Spring 2022 semester. Online chat and written feedback appointments are still offered. In-person availability are subject to change as we monitor the COVID situation.
September 2020 Update:
To respond to the shift to online curriculum and to do our part to help “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 virus transmission, the Writing Centre is moving its operations entirely online, effective Tuesday, Mar. 17, until further notice.
When you book an appointment, it will be an online appointment. You can text or voice/video chat with a tutor in real time, or submit your paper online and receive written feedback 24 hours later. Drop-inappointments will be available through Zoom. More information will be posted on this procedure.
In the meantime, you can also stay connected with us through our social media, Instagram andFacebook.