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How do I get started?

To get started, register for an account by clicking the link to the left. Make sure to register using your @mcdaniel.edu email account and a password that you can remember! We also recommend that you set up email and text alerts to help you remember your upcoming appointments.

How do I make an appointment?

Once you have an account, sign in, and you'll be taken to the Writing Center appointment schedule. Click on any white box, then use the drop-down menu to set the appointment length. Tell us about the kind of assignments you're working on or the kinds of questions you have so that we can prepare.

How long will the appointment take?

An average session takes thirty to sixty minutes. When you book the appointment, you must choose the session length in a drop-down menu. You can book up to three appointments a week.

What should I have with me during my appointment?

Bring your ideas and a willingness to work. Tutors also like to see assignment sheets and any work you have done so far (unless you're just starting out, in which case, bring your questions). If you're meeting online, feel free to attach documents or other files to the appointment form.

What happens during a tutoring session?

Every session is tailored to your needs, but most sessions follow this general format:

  1. You and the tutor will set some goals for the session. These goals should be narrow enough that you can actually accomplish them during a tutoring session.
    • Vague Goal -- "I want to see if this makes sense." 
    • Specific Goal -- "I want to see if my topic sentences match my thesis statement."
  2. The tutor will review concepts related to your goals. This might include looking over your class notes, looking through your textbook, or sharing online resources.
  3. You will apply those concepts to your own work, with the tutor's guidance. Appointments are active exchanges between the student and the tutor, so don't expect the tutor to do the work for you. 
  4. You and the tutor will review your progress and set up some next steps. This might involve setting up a follow-up appointment, sharing resources for you to use on your own, or even helping you get clarification from a professor.

 

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