- Choose your center or location from the menu (to the right or below if you are on a mobile device).
- Sign in with your UM WebID and password.
- Look for an open time slot that works for your schedule (represented by white boxes).
- Click on the time slot of your choice to open the appointment reservation form. Fill this out to share information with our consultants about your goals for the session. Attach any relevant documents to the appointment reservation form. You can attach a draft, assignment description, or another document like an outline or comments from a teacher. Keep in mind, any attachments should be either .doc or .docx format (Microsoft Word). Click here to learn how to convert documents.
- If you are scheduling an online appointment, make sure you choose the type of online appointment that works best for you.
- Live Chat appointments allow you to work in real time with a consultant using video conferencing or a chat box.
- Correspondence appointments require you to upload a draft and share information related to your assignment or task. You’ll receive written feedback from a consultant at the end of your appointment time (about an hour later). Please note: correspondence appointments are not available through the Graduate Writing Center.
Preparing for an Appointment
- Bring a copy of your assignment description or requirements to share with your consultant.
- Gather any drafting or brainstorming you’ve done, even writing that is really informal can sometimes have bits of brilliance that can be developed into ideas and evidence.
- If you are working on a research based project, have your sources handy. You might not need to share the entire source with your consultant, but sometimes it can be useful to see where a particular quotation/paraphrase comes from or examine citation information more closely.
- Try making a list of the most important goals or concerns you have about your writing prior to the start of your appointment. Share this with your consultant so they can help you prioritize the time you have together.
- Consider making multiple appointments, especially for longer projects. It may be difficult to address all of your concerns in just one session.