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Online Tutoring Resources

Remote Consultations at the UWC

The University Writing Center is now offering Online and eTutoring Appointments. These appointments are to help all students with their remote learning.

What is an Online/LiveChat appointment?

An Online/LiveChat appointment allows you to meet with a Peer Writing Consultant online and collaborate together on a document via a chat system and/or via Zoom. You will be able to share your writing and ask questions directly in real time. You are required to be logged into the chat and be present for the duration of the appointment.

➡️ A "Quick Guide" for scheduling an Online/LiveChat Appointment can be found here.
➡️ A "How To" video for scheduling an Online/LiveChat Appointment can be found here.

What is an eTutoring appointment?

An eTutoring appointment allows you to upload a draft and have a Peer Writing Consultant provide feedback on that draft via email. The document will also be saved in the appointment system, and you will be able to access it and read the feedback on any time. You are required to upload your paper in advance but do not need to be present for the appointment.

➡️ A "Quick Guide" for scheduling an eTutoring Appointment can be found here.
➡️ A "How To" video for scheduling an eTutoring Appointment can be found here.

What kind of appointment should I make?

We recommend making an OnlineLiveChat appointment if you are in the early stages of the writing process (e.g., working on brainstorming or developing ideas) or have questions about topics such as overall organization, paragraph structure, argument and supporting points, etc. These appointments allow you to chat with a Consultant in real time and ask/respond to questions as you work.

We recommend making an eTutoring appointment if you are in the later stages of the writing process and have questions about topics such as: formatting, in-text citations, word choice/phrasing, paragraph transitions, etc. These appointments allow you to get focused feedback from a Consultant on more technical concerns like formatting and citations. They are also useful if you have limited time or limited internet access. 

➡️ Click here to schedule an appointment for either Online/LiveChat or eTutoring.

What are Higher Order Concerns and Lower Order Concerns?

Higher Order Concerns (HOC) should be the priority during the writing process because they have the greatest impact on successful communication; some common HOCs we work with are overall organization, analysis, and expansion of ideas. 

Lower Order Concerns (LOC) are focused on sentence- and word-level concerns and usually come later in the writing process; some common LOCs we work with are paragraph transitions, formatting, and in-text citations.

➡️ Check out our resource on HOCs and LOCs for more detailed information.