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The Writing Commons offers three different types of appointments:

  • In-Person Appointments - Use the "Schedule an In-Person Appointment" link to schedule a face-to-face session with one of our tutors.  Your tutor will collaborate with you to improve your writing skills by providing you with feedback and resources you need to be a successful writer.  Whether you have nothing written or a full draft we can help you!
  • Online Writing Lab (OWL) Appointments - Schedule an Online Writing Lab Appointment to send your paper to the Writing Commons.  Your appointment will be scheduled with a tutor (if an appointment is available) who will provide in-depth feedback regarding your concerns as stated when you submitted your paper.  An OWL appointment does not require you to come to the fourth floor of the library or to be online during the appointment time.
  • Online Google Chat Appointments - Use the "Schedule an Online Google Chat Appointment" link to sign up for an Online Google Chat.  Much like an in-person session, your tutor will collaborate with you to improve your writing skills.  You will not need to come to the fourth floor of the library, but you will need to be on your KSU Gmail account for the duration of the appointment.

Note: All scheduled appointments can last up to 45 minutes.  Walk-in sessions are worked in around our scheduled appointments, and may be considerably shorter.  To assure a 45-minute session, please make an appointment.

Note: If you cannot make it to your appointment and withdraw yourself from your sessions within 24 hours of your session the scheduling system will mark you as a No-Showwhich cannot be undone.  This is due to the scheduling software that we are unable to change.  To avoid this, withdraw yourself a day or two before your session, or call the Writing Commons (330) 672-1787 and one of our Office Assistants will withdraw you with no penalty.  

Note: Your tutor may be observed for training and professional development purposes by another member of our staff during your session.  If you have questions or concerns about this practice, please contact our Director, Jeanne R. Smith, at jrsmith3@kent.edu.


Our appointments fill quickly, so sign up for your session today!


Walk-In Sessions

The Writing Commons allows students to try for in-person walk-in sessions, which do not require a scheduled appointment, even when all our sessions are filled.  When a tutor's session ends early, the tutor will be available to work with a student who wants to be worked in as a walk-in session.  This means that walk-in sessions are almost always less than 45 minutes in duration, so we encourage students to schedule appointments to receive the entire appointment time.


Attendance Policy

The Writing Commons has a "No Show" policy to encourage in-person and online Google chat attendance.  A writer will be marked as a "No Show" if they are late by 10 minutes or more, in order to give other writers a chance for Walk-In appointments. If you know ahead of time you might be late, contact the Office Assistant at (330) 672-1787 or at writing@kent.edu to notify him or her, and your tutor will still be able to work with you for the remaining time.   After missing two appointments, students will be blocked from scheduling additional appointments that semester. However, students can still work with tutors on a walk-in basis. Please contact us at (330) 672-1787 or at writing@kent.edu if you have any questions about this policy.

Note: If you cannot make it to your appointment and withdraw yourself from your sessions within 24 hours of your session the scheduling system will mark you as a No-Showwhich cannot be undone.  This is due to the scheduling software that we are unable to change.  To avoid this, withdraw yourself a day or two before your session, or call the Writing Commons and one of our Office Assistants will withdraw you with no penalty.  


SCHEDULE AN ONLINE WRITING LAB APPOINTMENT

Online Writing Lab appointments function as another form of tutor consultation.  Rather than coming into the Writing Commons for an appointment, writers can submit their papers to be reviewed and sent back to him or her.  

  • Follow the instructions below to submit your paper to the Writing Commons.
  • You will be scheduled for the next available 45-minute appointment during our hours of operation.
  • An email will be sent to confirm the time of your appointment.  You will not need to attend an Online Writing Lab session in-person.
  • A tutor will review your paper during that time, and you will receive his or her feedback via email.

Online Writing Lab appointments function as another form of tutor consultation.  Rather than coming into the Writing Commons for an appointment, writers can submit their papers to be reviewed and sent back to him or her.  

Note: If no appointments are available before the due date of your submission, then your appointment will not be scheduled.  For this reason, it is recommended that you send your draft as much as a week before it is due.


SUBMITTING A DRAFT TO THE ONLINE WRITING LAB

To submit a draft to the Writing Commons, please copy and paste the following information into an email and answer each line in as much detail as possible.  This information will provide us with the background we need to best assist you to improve your writing.  Attach the document you wish to submit to the email and send it to the Writing Commons at writing@kent.edu.

Remember that you are not required to come to the Writing commons for an Online Writing Lab appointment.

Please set the subject of your email as: [OWL Submission] Lastname, Firstname

Copy and Paste the following form into your email:

  1. KSU Email: @kent.edu
  2. Phone Number:
  3. Class Standing (e.g., Freshman, Junior, Graduate):
  4. Major:
  5. Course Title:
  6. Course Number (e.g., ENG 21011):
  7. Instructor:
  8. Due Date:
  9. What type of paper are you writing? (Please be specific!):
  10. Report sent to instructor? (yes or no):
  11. If yes, please supply your professor's email:
  12. Is English your first language? (yes or no):
  13. If not, what is your first language?:
  14. How did you hear about the Writing Commons? (e.g., website, instructor, friend):
  15. What specific questions/concerns do you have for your tutor? For example, do you want help with . . .
    • Generating more ideas?
    • Researching your topic?
    • Explaining and supporting your ideas?
    • Organizing your ideas?
    • Learning to edit your sentences?
    • Learning how to better proofread your work?
    • Understanding how to format your project according to your assignment’s specifications?
  16. At what stage of the Writing Process are you right now for this paper? For example, are you brainstorming/free writing, researching, outlining, starting a rough draft, finishing a rough draft, revising, completing the final paper?
  17. What is your working thesis, or overall main idea, in this paper?  If you are not sure what your main idea is, what are a few of the most important ideas you want readers to understand from your paper?
  18. Which section of your paper was the easiest to write? For example, was it easier to write your opening than the later sections of your paper?  Do you feel like the ideas in some paragraphs came to you more easily than others?  Was the ending easy to do?
  19. Which section of your paper was the most difficult to write? For example, was the introduction harder to write than the middle sections?  Did you find the conclusion difficult?  Are there parts of your paper where you felt you were running out of things to say, or where you had too much to say?
  20. Where in your paper would you like your tutor to focus?  For example the introduction, the conclusion, specific page or paragraph numbers, certain sections?
  21. You may now attach your document (.doc, .docx, or .ppt) to this email.

After you have answered these questions in as much detail as possible, you may attach your document to the email and send it to writing@kent.edu.  If you have not provided enough information for a tutor to be able to assist you, the appointment will not be scheduled, and our office staff will contact you for further information.  Your responses to these questions represent your participation in the session. Please participate fully!


If all of the information we need is in your email submission, our office assistant will schedule your draft for feedback during the next available 45-minute appointment during our hours of operation and you will receive and email for confirmation of the appointment.  

Remember that you are not required to come to the Writing commons for an Online Writing Lab appointment.

Note: Our Online Writing Lab appointment slots fill up just as quickly as our other appointment slots.