The Writing Center at College of San Mateo - The English 800 Lab: Appointments and Hours
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The Writing Center

Writing Center: Appointments and Hours Recommended for English 828 and 838 Students

How do I make an appointment?

To make an appointment to see an English instructor, stop by the Writing Center or call us at (650) 574-6436. The appointments on the schedule in Room 104 are arranged so students in English 828 and 838 can sign up for recommended instructors. However, all students may sign up for any instructor, regardless of whether they are recommended for your course. In addition, ESL instructors are available for those who need it. There are always two weeks of appointments available at any given time. The current list will be posted on the bulletin board. The list for the following week will be in the binder on the table below the bulletin board.  

What happens during the appointment?

When you have an appointment, check in at the front desk at the Writing Center. The person at the desk will introduce you to the instructor with whom you are scheduled to meet. The appointments are 20 minutes long. You should bring the instructions for your essay and anything you have written to your appointment. The instructor you meet with will work with you to improve your essay. You may meet with one of our instructors at any stage during your essay writing. If you need help preparing an outline, choosing a thesis statement or reviewing your essay, our instructors will work with you. You do not need to have your essay written to meet with an instructor, all you need are your instructions for that essay. It can be very helpful to have someone review your essay and can end up improving your grade.

If there are no appointment times available that work with your schedule, you may come to the lab during the hour you want to see an instructor and ask to put your name on the stand-by list. Although there are no guarantees, more often than not, instructors can work people on stand-by into their schedules.

What happens if I need to cancel an appointment?
PLEASE KEEP ALL APPOINTMENTS, OR CALL TO CANCEL AS FAR IN ADVANCE OF YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT AS POSSIBLE. CALL THE WRITING CENTER NUMBER AT: (650) 574-6436 and tell the aide your name, the time and day of your appointment and the instructor with whom you are scheduled to meet. Leave a message if there is no one to answer your call.

If you fail to cancel a scheduled appointment, you will be counted as a "No Show" for that time. The "No Show Penalty List" will be posted on the bulletin board next to the schedules. If you miss two appointments and have not called to cancel, you will lose the right to make another appointment.