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ANNOUNCEMENT: The Writing & Speaking Center will be closed for Fall Break, from October 13–15. No tutoring services will be offered during that time.

Appointment Policies for Undergraduates

Wait Lists: If you cannot find an available appointment, you may be added to our waiting list by calling (585)-273-3584 or stopping by the Writing and Speaking Center (WSC) office, Rush Rhees Library, room G-122.

Cancellations: If you need to cancel an appointment, please do so BEFORE the scheduled session. As a courtesy to other students and the tutor, please cancel at least a few hours in advance.

Timeliness: Students are expected to be on time for WSC appointments. If you are more than 10 minutes late, the tutor will contact the student on the waiting list and offer them the appointment. So, if you are running late for your appointment, we ask that you call our office (585-273-3584) to let us know you are on your way.

Appointment Limit: Three per week. Back-to-back sessions with the same tutor are not permitted.

Take-Home Exams: You must get explicit consent from your instructor before you may work with a tutor on a take-home exam.

Standing Appointments: The Writing and Speaking Center offers standing weekly appointments for students who would like to meet with the same consultant at the same time every week. To request a standing appointment, email stefanie.sydelnik@rochester.edu.

Appointment Policies for Graduate Students

In order to be able to use our online scheduling tool, you must first be added to our database. Please call (585)-273-3584, stop by the Writing and Speaking Center office (Rush Rhees Library, room G-122), or email the Writing and Speaking Center office: wsap@ur.rochester.edu

Please note that the Writing and Speaking Center was created for undergraduates. Occasionally, if we have undergraduates on a waiting list, we may ask that you reschedule an appointment. However, scheduled graduate student appointments will not be given to undergraduates.

Back-to-Back Appointments: Due to the nature of most graduate writing projects, graduate students may schedule back-to-back appointments with the same consultant (for a total of two hours). This longer block of time allows the writer and the consultant to engage in a greater range of tutoring activities, including writing during the session.

Wait Lists: If you cannot find an available appointment, you may be added to our waiting list by calling (585)-273-3584 or stopping by the Writing and Speaking Center office, Rush Rhees Library, room G-122.

Cancellations: If you need to cancel an appointment, please do so BEFORE the scheduled session. As a courtesy to other students and the tutor, please cancel at least a few hours in advance.

Timeliness: Students are expected to be on time for Writing and Speaking Center appointments. If you are more than 10 minutes late, the tutor will contact the student on the waiting list and offer them the appointment. So, if you are running late for your appointment, we ask that you call our office (585-273-3584) to let us know you are on your way.

Appointment Limit: Three appointments per week (one appointment equals one hour). Back-to-back appointments with the same consultant are permitted. Boot camp tutoring sessions do not count toward this total.

Exams: You must get explicit consent from your instructor or advisor before you may work with a tutor on any kind of exam, including exams for courses, qualifying exams, etc.

Standing Appointments: The Writing and Speaking Center offers standing weekly appointments for students who would like to meet with the same consultant at the same time every week. Graduate students may also schedule a standing appointment every other week. To request a standing appointment, email stefanie.sydelnik@rochester.edu.

Types of Tutoring

Writing Consultants are graduate students from a variety of disciplines. Whether you’re working on a paper assignment for a class, or a personal statement for a graduate school application, Writing Consultants can help you at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to polishing a final draft. Consultants offer appointments Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in our office, located in Rush Rhees Library, room G-122. The Consultants' bios can be seen on the Meet Our Tutors page.

Writing Fellows are undergraduate tutors from a wide range of disciplines. They offer feedback at every stage of your writing process. The Writing Fellows work in two locations, offer evening and weekend hours, and provide online feedback.

Speaking Fellows are undergraduate tutors who help with presentations and interview practice. The Speaking Fellows offer evening and Sunday hours for walk-ins or by appointment.