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Scheduling and Preparing for an In-Person Appointment

Scheduling and Preparing for an Appointment

Scheduling an Appointment

There are three ways to schedule a writing consultation: online, in person, or as a walk-in.

Online Using TutorTrac

1.            Go to MyMissouriState and log in.

2.            Choose the Academics tab.

3.            In the Bear CLAW box near the bottom of the screen, click the TutorTrac link. You will be taken to the TutorTrac Main Menu. 

4.            From here, click Search Availability. You will then see a drop down menu titled Center.

5.            Select Writing Center from the drop down menu. This will bring up several new options: Consultant, Section, Reason, From, Time, and Days. You can narrow your search using any of these criteria by selecting the drop down arrow and clicking on your preferences.

6.            When you have finished narrowing your search, click the Search button. Any available time slots will appear.

7.            Click on the time slot in which you want to schedule your appointment. The Appointments Entry box should pop up.

8.            Fill out all necessary information in this box and click Save.

9.            To see appointments you have made, click Main Menu. All appointments will be listed in Upcoming Appointments.

10.         To cancel an appointment, click on the ”x” on the right within the Upcoming Appointments box.

NOTE: Appointments made online must be made at least 24 hours in advance and can only be made up to seven days in advance.

In Person, Same-Day

Same day appointments can only be booked in person by visiting the Bear CLAW reception desk. The Bear CLAW is located on the first floor of the Duane G. Meyer Library, just past the circulation desk.

Walk-in

You are welcome to stop by for a consultation any time we are open; however, walk-ins do not guarantee a session. Walk-ins will be seen on a first come, first served basis between scheduled appointments. Unlike a scheduled appointment, a walk-in session does not guarantee 45 minutes with a consultant. For a walk-in session, we recommend dropping by the Center on the half hour.

Missing an Appointment

If you miss three appointments scheduled in advance, you will be unable to use the services of the Bear CLAW (with the exception of the PASS Program) for the remainder of the semester. Cancelling an appointment less than 24 hours before your scheduled time counts as a missed appointment.

Preparing for an Appointment

It may make you nervous to have someone else look at and critique your writing. Read below about what to do before your appointment and what to expect during your appointment so you can feel comfortable and ready to discuss your work with your consultant.

What to do Before an Appointment

Our writing consultants will help you in every way possible during your session, but there are a few ways you can prepare ahead of time to make the most of your session:

•             Bring your project in well before it is due

•             Bring your instructor's assignment sheet, related class handouts, and textbook

•             List your goals for the assignment

•             Note the sections of your project that you feel are questionable

•             Write a list of questions about your project

•             Make a list of comments and suggestions that were marked on your other papers

•             Bring your instructor's name and e-mail address

What to Expect During an Appointment

During a session, the writing consultant focuses on the academic quality of the paper, aiding the writer in achieving a college-level technique. Instead of merely proofreading, the consultant enhances the author’s work by asking questions, making suggestions, and guiding the author to a greater understanding of the paper at hand and of writing in general.

Writing consultants can aid in every part of the writing process, including brainstorming, researching, drafting, revising, and organizing a paper. Consultants also assist writers with grammar, punctuation, and the citation methods of the Modern Language Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, and the Associated Press, among others.

Session Documentation

Every time you book, cancel, or move an appointment, we'll send you an e-mail of the change. If your instructor needs proof that you came to the Writing Center, give your writing consultant your instructor's name and e-mail address, and the consultant will e-mail your professor.