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HPD Effective Writing Center: What to Expect

What's the Process?

One writing coach is assigned to a specific College of Health Care Sciences class that is writing-intensive. Students are encouraged to schedule a session with their designated coach should they want/need writing assistance.

Students in health care sciences classes that do not have an assigned coach are free to make appointments with any coach for an available date/time.

What to Expect - Scheduling & Sessions

When scheduling an appointment

Avoid procrastination! Schedule an appointment early in your writing process. Coaches will not provide last-minute/emergency sessions.

  • Schedule sessions during the coaches available dates/times by clicking the "Schedule an Appointment With Me" button under the coaches profile picture to the right.
  • Appointments must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Only 2 appointments are allowed per week, per person (unless otherwise arranged with a coach).
  • Submit your paper (Word format) to the coach at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment.
  • Complete a form identifying your goals for the session & state preference for an online or in-person appointment. 

During the session

  • Sessions are scheduled for one hour, and usually last 50 minutes. 
  • Sessions are held either in-person at the HPD Library, or virtually using Adobe Connect, Elluminate Live, Google Docs, or other technology agreed upon by student and coach.

After the session

  • After each session, coaches email feedback to the student.
  • Coaches will encourage students to revise the paper and schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss the next draft, if necessary.
  • Students are required to complete a survey about the coaching session(s).
  • Faculty may request a record of attendance for their student's coaching sessions. 
  • Specific information regarding sessions will remain confidential between the student and the writing coach.

What We Expect

  • Appointments must be scheduled 24 hours in advance.
  • Papers will be submitted at least 24 hours in advance, if possible.
  • Students be on time for scheduled sessions. Coaches will wait 10 minutes past the scheduled time before the appointment is officially cancelled.
  • To cancel a scheduled session, students will email the coach at least 24 hours in advance.  
  • Students bring ideas and an open mind to the session.
  • Students take ownership of their work. Coaches provide guidance through the writing process; however, students are responsible for their own work. Students have the right of refusal to all suggestions made by coaches.