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Online Consultation

This page provides information about two types of online consultation we offer: 1) Online Chat appointments; 2) Correspondence appointments.

In response to COVID-19, the Mississippi College Writing Center will provide online consultation services in place of face-to-face sessions from March 23 - May 4 for the Spring semester.

We offer two types of online consultation appointments to meet the needs of MC students: 1) Online Chat appointments, where writers will meet with tutors in a virtual setting; 2) Correspondence appointments, where writers will upload their written papers and receive written feedback from writing consultants within 24 business hours.

To learn more about choosing and scheduling an appointment, please continue reading. 

Online Chat Appointments

If you want to interact with a tutor live, in real-time, then make an Online Chat appointment.  With a Writing Center tutor, you can ask questions, brainstorm ideas, or discuss any parts of your draft.  

How to Make an Online Chat Appointment

Once you have registered and signed in to the scheduler WCOnline, click on any of the white blocks on the calendar to request a live-chat appointment (gray and blue boxes are unavailable times).

Select “Online Chat” option using the radio button under “Meet Online?” in the appointment reservation form.

After saving your reservation, return to the scheduler when it’s time for your appointment. Find and open your appointment on the calendar and click “Start or Join Online Consultation.” Once there, you will receive a message from your tutor with a link to Zoom which is our new online platform where you can share your paper and chat with the consultant using text, audio, and video.

For futher instructions regarding how to use Zoom for Online Chat appointment, check out this Zoom Tutorial for Writers.

Correspondence Appointments

If you prefer written feedback on a draft and don't have a stable internect connection, then choose a Correspondence appointment. You can upload a paper, ask questions for a tutor to respond to, and you will receive written feedback through email within 24 business hours. 

How to Make a Correspondence Appointment

Once you have registered and signed in to the scheduler WCOnlineclick on any of the white blocks on the calendar to request a correspondence (gray and blue boxes are unavailable times).

Select “Correspondence” option using the radio button under “Meet Online?” in the appointment reservation form. 

Attach files to your appointment reservation containing your draft of your writing projects and any directions or assignment descriptions you have been provided by your instructor. You can attach multiple files (your paper and assignment sheet, for instance) to your appointment. Be sure to describe your assignment and provide specific areas of concern for the consultation in the provided text box.

If you have any questions about online sessions or encounter technical difficulties with your online appointment, contact us at writingcenter@mc.edu. Our staff will be happy to assist you!