The John Carroll University Writing Center is now offering online consultations reserved solely for JCU students studying abroad through the Center for Global Education.  These sessions allow you to receive feedback from a trained writing consultant via email or through an electronic one-on-one meeting.

The Service
Writing Center consultants follow the same principles and procedures as those we practice in-person for our online consultations. Similar to what you can expect in O’Malley Center 207, consultants remain available to help at any point in the writing process on any type of writing assignment for any discipline.

Even though a student studying abroad is not able to sit down next to a consultant and easily converse face-to-face, the Center’s aims and quality of feedback remain the same in online consultations; the Writing Center is not an editing or proofreading service. The Center works to help students become better writers through collaboration and conversation in any format.

Online sessions are 60 minutes and are by appointment only. Please note: these sessions are only for students studying abroad, and will only be offered during the semester the student is abroad. Students who are in the country, whether they live on campus or commute, do not have access to online appointments. Finally, online consultations are only available during the Writing Center’s posted hours.

To Schedule a Session
You must request your online session at least 24 hours in advance so the Writing Center staff can prepare. Email writingcenter@jcu.edu with “Online Consultation Request” in the title, and share with us your day and time availability to reserve your 60-minute session (please take time zone differences into account!). A consultant will respond with a confirmation once we ensure our availability.

Based on your bandwidth, Internet, and wi-fi capabilities in the country where you are studying, we offer a number of formats for the session:

*a Skype video meeting; you will email your document in advance, and then you and the consultant can discuss it face-to-face

*viewing the document via Google Docs to chat about sections of text simultaneously

*emailing the document as an attachment and receiving comments via Microsoft Word; the consultant will email it back to the writer after completing the review

Please indicate the session format you prefer in your initial email request so we can plan ahead (we can always make adjustments if we run into any problems).

As we pilot the implementation of online consultations this year, we hope to discover the most successful formats for sharing feedback and ask for your patience and flexibility. We look forward to working with you!