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Yes, We Can Help You, Extremely Busy Person

April 3, 2015

by: Katelyn Montgomery

Some people think they have procrastinated too much to visit the University Writing Center. Some people think they do not have time for the UWC to help them. I am here to tell you that neither of these beliefs are true. The UWC’s consultants are equipped to help with all levels of writers and in all varieties of time limits. We can even help professors and visit classes to tell you more about us: e-mail us at writingctr@appstate.edu for more information about that!c&h

But, I don’t even have time to visit the library!” you may insist.

But, you don’t have to go to the library!” I insist.

Really, you do not have to go to the library.

I know you have online consultations, but I don’t even have time for that!” you may claim.

I have good news for you: we have other online options besides full consultations.

What?? What are they??” you may wonder.

If you have a quick question, you can use Zoho, our online chat box. 

What’s a quick question?” you may desire to know.

Quick questions include things like:

How do I cite this source?

Do I need a comma in this sentence?

Does this thesis statement make sense, grammatically?

What is a rhetorical analysis?

How do I change passive voice to active voice in this sentence?

How do I use Zoho?” you may ask.

First, you go to our website. Then, you scroll down to the bottom of the page. Do you see that smiley face box on the left side of the screen? Type in your name below it, and then click chat. Type in whatever question you would like answered, and click the arrow on the right side of the typing area. Our front desk staff member will discuss your question with the consultants working at that time and will send you back an answer within a few minutes.

But, you aren’t open at 3am when I’m working on my paper!” you may argue.

We even have options for that!” I argue.

Really, we do have options for that. They are called handouts. We have handouts on about every writing-related concept: citation styles, grammar/mechanics/formatting, workplace writing, academic writing, graduate school writing, prepping for standardized tests, and Writing Across the Curriculum. If we do not have a handout on the topic you are trying to find, please e-mail us with your new handout idea (writingctr@appstate.edu).

How do I get to the handouts?” you may ask.

First, you go to our website: http://writingcenter.appstate.edu/. Then, you look at the options on the left side of the screen and click on “handouts/podcasts”: it is the second tab from the bottom. Or, you can simply click here. Click one of the categories of handouts to discover all of the handouts we have in that category.

What’s the moral of the story? No matter how little time you have, the University Writing Center can always help you.C&h dancingImages from Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Waterson

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