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HPD Effective Writing Center for the College of Health Care Sciences: How Coaching Works

Welcome to the Effective Writing Center (EWC)!

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What to Expect - Scheduling & Sessions

When scheduling an appointment

  • Schedule sessions using the coach's online calendar by clicking the "Schedule an Appointment With Me" button, or request specific dates/times by clicking the "Send Email" link under the coach's profile picture.
  • Please use your NSU email address when scheduling an appointment using our the online calendar. Include the name of your program, class, and professor and a brief explanation of your goals for the session.
  • The EWC has only 25 appointment slots available each week to serve students in all programs in the College of Health Care Sciences, and those appointment slots fill up on a first-come-first-served basis. Avoid procrastination. Schedule an appointment early in your writing process so you are able to get an appointment before the slots are filled. Due to time constraints, coaches do not provide last-minute/emergency sessions, if slots are already filled.
  • Appointments must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Only 1 appointment is allowed per week (Monday-Sunday), per person, and students can schedule up to a maximum of 2 appointments in advance. The writing coaches collaborate and communicate with one another regarding student scheduling and will, unfortunately, have to cancel extra appointments that exceed the policy. 
  • You may submit your paper to the coach at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment (but it is not required).

During the session

  • Sessions are scheduled for 50 minutes-1 hour. 
  • Sessions are held either in-person at the HPD Library or online using GoToMeeting or other technology agreed upon by the student and the coach. Please indicate your preference (in-person or online) when scheduling.

After the session

  • After each session, coaches may email feedback to the student, if necessary.
  • Coaches will encourage students to revise the paper and to 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 students' coaching sessions; however, 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.
  • 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 should email the coach at least 24 hours in advance. 
    NOTE: We understand that things happen and you may not be able to make your scheduled appointment. However, if you do not cancel with 24 hours notice or you do not show up for your scheduled appointment, and if you fail to communicate with the writing coach even after the fact, the EWC reserves the right to limit your access to the service and/or to refer you to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. No shows and last-minute cancelations lock other students out of the EWC's services, so please be considerate of your fellow students and communicate with the writing coach as soon as possible if something comes up.
  • 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.