If you want just one or two sessions with a tutor, you can call the Writing Center to make a Single Appointment (as available), or you can stop by the Center to see if a Walk-In Appointment is available at that moment. You can also submit your work online via our E-tutoring service or make an appointment for a Synchronous Chat Appointment.
If you would like to schedule a Weekly Appointment, you will have to come to the Writing Center and complete an application. Since we follow a first come, first served policy in assigning these appointments, the sooner you submit an application, the better. We recommend that you do so during the first week of classes. If you seek a weekly appointment, you are telling us you need help beyond work on specific essays and that you agree to come each week to work on your writing. If you miss an appointment without cancelling it in advance or cancel more than once without good reason, you will lose your Weekly Appointment.
When you are assigned a weekly appointment, we will send you an email to the address you supplied on your application. So you should check that email every day to see when your weekly appointment begins. This email message will ask you to respond by clicking the Reply (with history) button; please respond in this way to let us know you received the message and that you know you have an appointment. (Doing so will also tell us who you are and the day and time of your appointment.)
It is very important to keep that first appointment. Whether you respond to us or not, if you miss your first appointment without a significant reason, you will lose it, and your application will be returned to the end of the Waiting List. Whether you have a Standing weekly appointment or a Drop-In session, it is important to be on time. Our policy is: if you are more than 5 minutes late for an appointment and haven’t called to alert us that you won’t be more than 10 minutes late, your time will be given to a student who is waiting at the Writing Center for a Walk-In appointment.
Likewise, if you miss more than two Single Appointments or cancel at the last minute, you will not be able to make such an arrangement again for the rest of the semester and can only get help by seeking a Walk-In appointment or via E-tutoring. We wish our attendance policies could be more flexible, but we don’t have the resources to support every Queens College student who wants assistance. If you miss an appointment or cancel it at the last minute, you deny fellow students the opportunity to use the Writing Center, and you prevent us from accommodating another Queens College student.
When you come for an appointment, please bring all relevant materials: the assignment (especially if your instructor has given you a writing assignment information sheet), notes, drafts, etc.