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- Who can use the Writing Center?
- What happens in an appointment?
- Does my writing have to be for a class?
- Do I need an appointment? How do I make one?
- How many appointments can I make per week?
- How should I prepare for an appointment?
- Who are the consultants?
- English is not my first language. Is there anyone who can work with me?
- Can someone read my paper before my appointment?
- Can somebody proofread my paper?
- I just have a really quick question. Are there appointments shorter than 50 minutes available?
- All of the appointments are booked. What can I do?
- I cannot log into the schedule. What should I do?
- How do I update my name and pronouns in your system?
Who can use the Writing Center?
All current Baruch undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. At this time, we are not open to alumni, faculty, staff, students at other CUNY schools, or any other members of the community.
What happens in an appointment?
A lot of that depends on you! Generally, though, you can expect to spend the first 5-10 minutes of your session in conversation with your consultant, as they find out more about you as a writer, your assignment, where you are in the drafting process, and what you’re hoping to get out of the session. After you and the consultant decide together what the session’s goals will be, you’ll spend the majority of your session working towards those goals. You can expect to write a lot—taking notes, brainstorming, revising, and drafting new writing. You’ll learn and practice new techniques for reading, brainstorming, research, writing and revising. You can also expect a lot of conversation, and plenty of time to answer all your questions along the way. In the last 10 minutes of the session, you’ll write a session record with your consultant—you’ll get a copy, which will help you remember what you learned, how you learned it, and how you can practice it in future writing.
Does my writing have to be for a class? Can I bring in graduate school applications, my own personal writing, etc.?
You are welcome to bring any and all writing to the Writing Center, whether for a class or not.
Do I need an appointment? How do I make one?
Yes, you need to make an appointment so that our consultants know when to meet you online. You can sign up for online chat or written feedback using our online scheduler. If you’re having trouble, send us an email at email@example.com and we’ll help you get set up.
How many appointments can I make per week?
You can have two sessions total per week, in any combination of online chat and Written Feedback, but they must be on two different days.
How should I prepare for an appointment?
Try to schedule your appointment so that you can draft beforehand, and leave enough time following your session to revise. (You’ll want to put into practice what you learned.) Make sure you have access to all the materials related to your project: hard copies of your draft, any assignment prompts or feedback you’ve gotten, the texts you’re reading, and sources you’re considering using.
Take some time to read your writing before coming in. Identify what feel like the strongest parts, and a few goals or areas that you’d most like to work on. Finally, if you have specific questions about your professor’s assignment or expectations, ask! The more you can tell us about the goals for your writing, the better.
Who are the consultants?
All of our consultants are graduate-trained teachers of college writing. In addition to their work in the Writing Center, they teach courses here at Baruch or at other institutions across the city, and many write or edit professionally. Their bios are available here.
English is not my first language. Is there anyone who can work with me?
Everyone can! All of our consultants are experienced in working with students from a variety of language backgrounds.
In addition to meeting with a consultant twice a week in the Writing Center, you can read through our online writing guides for more resources for independent practice. If you’re especially concerned about your pronunciation or oral communication, we also recommend visiting the Tools for Clear Speech website to learn more about their programming.
I’m working on a longer piece of writing, and I’d like the consultant to read my draft before we meet. How do I request that?
For the large majority of our sessions, we don’t accept papers before appointments. We believe that you become a better reader and reviser of your own work when you articulate your writing concerns at the beginning of the session with your consultant, and then experience an engaged reader’s fresh understanding of your work.
We make exceptions, though, for students working on long-term research projects. Visit our page on supporting theses and capstones to request recurring sessions, advanced reading time, and other schedule modifications.
Can somebody proofread my paper?
Our consultants are happy to work with you on grammatical issues in your writing, but they cannot proofread or copyedit student work. Instead, they will read the paper with you and work to identify major issues, both grammatical and otherwise, in your writing.
Often, our consultants will identify one or two patterns of grammatical error in your paper and help you identify and correct the pattern, so that you can master that issue in the long run.
I just have a really quick question. Are there appointments shorter than 50 minutes available?
All of our online chat appointments can last up to 50 minutes in length. However, you are welcome to end your session early if you’ve completed all of the work you’d like to do on your writing that day.
All of the appointments are booked. What can I do?
Our schedule is always in flux, and appointments frequently become available last-minute due to student cancelations. You can add yourself to the waitlist through our online scheduler to receive notifications when we have an opening.
Under each day’s schedule, you’ll find a link that reads “WAITING LIST: [DATE].” Click this link, and a pop-up will open that asks you to choose whether you’d like to hear about all openings, or just those for specific times / consultants:
In your profile settings, you can decide whether to receive these notifications by text or by email.
Once you receive the email/text that a session is open, log into the schedule ASAP to reserve it. These notifications go out to everyone on the waiting list at once, so another student may have already reserved the hour by the time you see the message! As long you remain on the waiting list, you’ll keep receiving notifications every time someone cancels a session. To stop receiving these messages, click the “WAITING LIST” link again to remove yourself.
I cannot log into the schedule. What should I do?
Our schedule uses the Baruch username and password—your Writing Center account does not have its own unique login. Rather, you log into WCOnline with the same credentials you use for many systems on campus, including email, library, and campus computers/wifi.
For newly enrolled students, the default Baruch username and password pattern are as follows. If you’ve changed your password at any point since starting at the college, this default will not apply:
- Username: firstinital.lastname
- Password: BirthYYMmmDD + Last 4 of Social Security Number (Ex. 90Jan011234)
Because your login information is centrally controlled by BCTC, Writing Center staff unfortunately can’t view or reset your account information for you. If you’re having trouble logging in, visit Baruch’s MyPassword portal for instructions on how to reset your account.
You can also find more detailed information on common login mistakes in our WCOnline troubleshooting guide.
How do I update my name and pronouns in your system?
In our online sessions, the chat field automatically pulls your first name from your profile settings. You can email us and ask that we correct this information, but you also have a few options for updating this yourself.
You can edit your name within the session by clicking on the icon in the upper-right-hand corner, clicking on your name, and typing something new. But this only changes your settings for the day’s meeting. We recommend updating your profile to make sure the correct name always appears.
Log into our schedule, click “WELCOME, [NAME]” at the top left, and click “Update Profile and Email Options”:
You can update all fields. Changing the “First Name” field will ensure automatic emails are addressed correctly. But you can also identify the name and pronouns you’d like us to use in session in an optional field below:
Still have questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.