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Writing Center

Online Assistance

You don’t need to come to campus to receive help from the Writing Center and Speech Service! We offer two ways you can receive assistance online.

eConsult Service

If you'd like help but your schedule doesn't match availability in TutorTrac, the eConsult service is for you! You can request assistance with your writing and speeches/presentations through our online form. Within two to three business days of your completed submission--not including university breaks or closures--you will receive a response from wconline@pfw.edu with your assignment (with our recommendations and comments on the draft) and a PDF summary of the consultation which also can be used as proof of use for required visits.

If you wish to have your delivery of a speech consulted on, you can upload a recording to YouTube (no need to publish it) and include the link to the video in the consultation request form.

Please keep in mind that if we need to contact you for more information or clarity on your request, it may delay the return of your submission. It may also take longer to return your submission during our busy times (especially the weeks leading up to and during midterms and finals), so please plan ahead.

Note: We put our recommendations and comments on the document using the comments feature in Word. To read the comments, you'll need to open the document on a desktop or laptop computer and be sure Show Comments is selected on the Review tab.

Virtual Consultations

When you want or need the interaction of a face-to-face appointment, but coming to campus is not an option, you can choose to schedule a virtual appointment! We use Zoom and WebEx (both are available to students for free through the university) to conduct the consultation.

You'll schedule your appointment through TutorTrac and choose Online Assistance as the Reason. When it's time for your appointment, log into TutorTrac and click the Enter Online Appointment button in the TutorTrac Main Menu box under the Upcoming Appointments heading (please note the button only works within five minutes of your appointment time). The button will launch the platform on your computer and take you to your consultant's virtual lobby. When it's time for your appointment, your consultant will connect with you.

Pro Tips

  • Use a laptop or desktop for your appointment so you can view and edit your draft while speaking with your consultant (relying on a smartphone only isn’t recommended).
  • Be able to give your full attention to the appointment, just as you would for a face-to-face meeting.
  • Make sure your Internet connection is strong, and your incoming and outgoing audio is fully functional.
  • Make sure you are in an environment with few to no distractions, and take steps to avoid interruptions.

Policies

  • You must have a device with a microphone and speakers and/or a headset with a microphone. Video and/or screen-sharing is encouraged.
  • Virtual appointments count the same as face-to-face appointments (up to three appointments per class per week, and one appointment per class per day).
  • Please do not overlap submissions to the eConsult service and face-to-face appointments for the same assignment.