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Book a Virtual Student Appointment
How it works
Virtual appointments are booked through our online scheduling system, WCONLINE. All appointments are currently being facilitated online only.
What should you know/bring?
Virtual appointments occur using the WCONLINE system. On the day of your appointment, log in to WCONLINE approximately five to ten minutes before the beginning of your appointment. Click on your appointment in the schedule (it will appear as a blue rectangle) and choose "Start or Join Online Appointment." You will need to have an electronic version of your work available.
Instructors work with you on developing your skills for the long term. We don't correct or change your work for you, but we can teach you the tools to revise and edit on your own.
Technical specifications and other considerations
For your online appointment, make sure you have a working webcam and microphone, and that you are working in a quiet and private location. Firefox and Chrome browsers work best for online appointments on the WCONLINE system. Be sure that you have the latest version of your browser installed. The online appointment system will not work on a tablet or smart phone. If you do not have access to a computer, please email the instructor to make other technology arrangements.
Book a Virtual Group Appointment
To book an appointment for your group, please contact Meghan Ashdown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Writing and Communication Centre, we support faculty members as writers, whether they're working on books, journal articles, grant proposals, or any other project. We offer 50-minute consultations that give you a chance to talk to our Faculty Support Specialist about your work at any stage of the writing process.
Here are some examples of the ways we can support faculty writers at many stages of the writing process:
- Provide a sounding board as you plan and outline
- Help you experience your draft the way a reader might
- Facilitate goal-setting and offer coaching
- Consult on the structure, organization, or mechanics of your work
Please email Dr. Nadine Fladd if you would like to set up a meeting to discuss your project.
Finding an appointment
Appointments can be booked up to 4 weeks ahead through WCONLINE. Navigate the calendar by clicking on the navigation arrows (PREV WEEK or NEXT WEEK) or find your preferred date by clicking on the calendar icon. Click on a white rectangle to book that appointment time.
If no appointment is available, click the WAITING LIST link under a date to add yourself to the waiting list for that date.
Graduate students are limited a maximum of five 50-minute appointments per month. Undergraduate students are limited to a maximum of five 50-minute appointments, ten 25-minute appointments, or a combination of the two.
Writing and Communication support for assignments does not breach academic integrity as we do not correct, change, or edit students’ work for them. Rather, we guide students to think more deeply about such matters as structure, organization, use of evidence, sentence structure, etc., and we scaffold learning about writing conventions such as grammar and punctuation.
Students who are more than 10 minutes late for a 25-minute appointment or 15 minutes late for a 50-minute appointment will not be seen by a writing specialist. This appointment will be marked as “missed.” After three missed appointments, you will be locked out of the WCOnline system. To re-gain access to the appointment system, you will need to contact the WCC at email@example.com.
Students and researchers may seek to work with the Writing and Communication Centre (WCC) on research conducted under a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). In these cases, WCC staff must sign the appendix of the NDA to agree to be bound by the non-disclosure terms so that writing and communication support can proceed. The student or researcher is responsible for ensuring and confirming that the Principle Investigator (PI) of said research has been consulted before the appointment and agrees with the request to sign the NDA appendix. The Research Partnerships group in the Office of Research is a resource for further guidance around NDAs.
Take-home exams are unique in the general expectation that the student will complete the exam without making use of unauthorized resources and unauthorized collaborations. Permitted resources and collaborations are explicitly stated in the take-home exam’s instructions. For this reason, the Writing and Communication Centre (WCC) will not provide support in consultations to students who are seeking support for the writing of these exams, unless the course instructor specifically allows this support in the exam instructions or it is permitted by an accessibility accommodation that is communicated in writing ahead of or at the time of the appointment.
Without permission from instructors, students who make appointments for take-home exams will be offered generalized support, without referencing the exam, on such topics as writing a thesis statement, constructing a paragraph, integrating evidence, or grammar conventions.
Note: Writing and Communication support for assignments does not breach academic integrity as we do not correct, change, or edit students’ work for them. Rather, we guide students to think more deeply about such matters as structure, organization, use of evidence, sentence structure, etc., and we scaffold learning about writing conventions such as grammar and punctuation.
WCOnline user accounts
Only the student registered with the WCOnline account is permitted to book appointments for themselves under this account. Please note that impersonating another student is considered an Academic offense under University of Waterloo Policy 71 – Student Discipline.
Change or cancel your appointment
WCONLINE automatically sends reminder emails to you one or two days ahead of the appointment. If you need to change or cancel an appointment, please give a minimum three hours of notice.