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Online Consultations at the UWC

In addition to our in-person appointments, the University Writing Center offers eTutoring appointments. These sessions provide a remote option for students who can't make it to an in-person appointment.

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.

What kind of appointment should I make?

We recommend making an in-person appointment for in most situations but especially 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. Working in person allows you to chat with a Consultant and ask/respond to questions as you work.

We recommend making an eTutoring appointment if you are unable to make it for an in-person appointment and 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.  

➤ Click here to schedule an appointment for either in-person 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.