What Writing Projects Can I Bring to a Consultation?
Writing consultants look at a wide variety of writing. Consultations can be used for brainstorming/soundboarding (so some sessions may not address any writing but address pre-writing instead). Consultations also look at all disciplines of writing, including research papers, lab reports, articles for publications, theses, dissertations, discussion board writing/writing for the web, and much more. Additionally, consultations can address professional/academic documents, such as resumes, CVs, cover letters, personal statements, scholarship essays, grant writing, tenure portfolios, etc. The Studio also offers multimodal consultations, meaning consultants can work with clients on digital portfolios, presentations/speeches, PowerPoints, or other digital "writing." Clients can also receive help on test prep, especially the writing/English sections of the GRE and the GKT (note that for test prep sessions, clients should plan on bringing in their own materials).
What Help Can I Receive on APA, MLA, or Other Writing Styles?
The Studio does not offer consultations on digital literacies, that is, formatting in processing programs like Word (including APA, MLA, and other writing style formatting as well as ETD formatting). For writers who bring in writing style formatting questions, writing consultants will point the writer to resources and model how to problem solve these questions. Writers are then expected to be able to conduct these problem-solving strategies on their own independent of the Studio. Please visit Lynda.com (visit my.usf.edu and hover over "Learning & Teaching Tools") for video tutorials on writing style formatting assistance, or, for ETD assistance, please visit the ETD Resource Center in the Office of Graduate Studies.
What Should I Do to Prepare for a Consultation?
- Bring all relevant materials (drafts, feedback, rubrics, assignment sheets, etc.).
- Fill out the Pre-Appointment Form (available at the front desk when checking in for your appointment, or see here for a printable version to bring to your appointment).
- See the Appointments page for more detailed information.
How Many Appointments Can I Schedule?
Appointments are limited to one appointment per week, available on a first-come, first-served basis. You may schedule an appointment up to two weeks in advance. Additionally, please note the following:
- For all scheduled appointments, if you do not arrive by :10 past the hour, your appointment may be given to another writer.
Can I Have a Consultation on an Exam or Group Project?
- All consultations on exams must be pre-approved by your instructor. The instructor must email the Writing Studio and/or call and speak to the Assistant Director or a Coordinator to give permission before the consultation can begin.
- Consultations on group writing projects (i.e., a group is writing one document together) require all group members to be present for the consultation.
What Happens If I Can't Come to My Consultation, and I Need to Cancel and/or Reschedule?
- Please call us at (813) 974-8293 or visit us in person on the Library's 2nd Floor to cancel at least 24 hours in advance.
- Appointments CANNOT be canceled online or by email.
- Students that miss 3 appointments may lose their Writing Studio privileges for the remainder of the current semester.
- If you cancel less than 24 hours in advance, the missed appointment counts as one of your three missed appointments (see previous bullet).
- Please be aware that canceled appointments count toward the Studio's one-appointment-per-week allowance.