Make an Appointment
Most of the University Writing Center sessions are conducted face-to-face one-on-one. Each session lasts 30 or 60 minutes; however, multiple sessions can be scheduled in a day. Session cannot be back to back with the same coach.
Founders Memorial Library 260
To set up an appointment in Founders Memorial Library 260 visit our new online schedule system to set up an account. Once your account is set up, you will be able to schedule your own sessions. If you have any questions or are not able to schedule your appointments, give us a call at 815-753-6636 or stop by in person.
Our receptionists will be glad to help. If you do not reach a receptionist, try calling again in a few minutes or leave a detailed message on the voicemail.
Google Hangout Sessions
We also do scheduled 60 minute Google Hangout sessions. You will need to do a set up session prior to the writing-focused sessions.
It always helps us help you if you are prepared for the session. This list of materials helps us understand your instructors'/professors' expectations because we know what you are supposed to do. We can help you at any stage in the writing process, but if you already have a draft (especially one with faculty feedback), we have a more definitive place to start the discussion. A hard copy of the document helps us track what we are doing and how well we are doing it; however, if we write on the document, you may not take it with you. It becomes our work product and remains part of our records.
When coming to your session, please be on time or a few minutes early (see our late policy). You should bring with you:
- Two copies of the work or section of your work you'd like to discuss. Alternately, bring a digital copy of your work (laptop, tablet, or flash drive loaded with a .docx file) and one paper copy we can keep on record. Depending on the project, we may be unable to work with you if you don't have a hard copy.
- Drafts (especially if you have instructor feedback)
- A copy of the assignment prompt or description of the requirements for your project.
- Rubrics for evaluating the final product
- Books, articles, or other source material you are incorporating into your document; notes related to your project, if appropriate.
We understand gathering a large group together for one session is challenging, but it is in your best interest to be able to collectively discuss the document as we help you work through it. To ensure fairness and to comply with university plagiarism policies, it is our group policy to require that all members be present for group projects.