FAQ

If you have any questions about the CCP or our services, please look through the FAQs below.  If you don’t find an answer, please stop by to see us, schedule an appointment, or call us at 276-8983. You can also email the Director, Barbara Lewis, at lewisb2@rpi.edu.

Questions:

Where is the CCP?

What happens in a session?

How can I prepare for a session?

Does the center provide assistance to multilingual students?

How long does a session last?

Is there a page limit?

Can the Center help me with a speech or oral presentation?

Will my professor be notified that I came to the Center?

How can I become a peer consultant in the CCP?

Answers:

Where is the CCP?

The CCP is located on the first floor of the Folsom Library (the library entrance is on the second floor). Our offices are rooms 154A and 154B. From the stairs: make two quick lefts and look for our red sign. From the elevator: turn right, the center will be ahead on your left.

What happens in a session?

In a standard session, you and the consultant will discuss the assignment, including the professor’s expectations, the intended audience, formatting etc. Then you and the consultant will read through the piece, out loud or silently, depending on your preference. You will work together on what you feel is most important. For example, making sure the paper flows well, is clear and easy to understand, has the proper structure, etc. This is the basic process, but remember, each session is different, just as each writer and assignment is different.

How can I prepare for my session?

Check out preparing for a session for some guidelines on how to prepare and what to expect.

Does the center provide assistance to multilingual students?

Yes.  Our consultants are trained to work with multilingual students and to help explain typical difficulties with English writing or speaking. They are not language teachers, but are happy to help with oral presentations, grammar, vocabulary, native English idioms, etc.

How long does a session last?

Sessions last about 30 minutes. Depending on the project, students may request longer sessions, and are welcome to schedule two back-to-back sessions in one day and/or multiple sessions over a week or more. If you plan to split one project over more than one visit, you may want to request the same consultant through our scheduler, so they are familiar with the work.

Is there a page limit?

No, there is no page limit. We help students working on projects ranging from 1-2 page lab reports to lengthy graduate-level dissertations. Sessions are limited in time though, so if the whole assignment cannot be covered in one session, we advise you to schedule a second or third appointment, leaving time in between sessions to do some revising on your own.

Can the Center help me with a speech or oral presentation?

Yes, our consultants have training in Power Point presentations and can offer feedback on delivery as well as content and organization. We have private rooms available in which you can rehearse your presentation, alone or with a consultant. You also can choose to work exclusively on the visual portion of the presentation.

Will my professor be notified that I came to the Center?

If a visit to the CCP is required for your class, or your professor has offered extra credit for attending a session in the Center, we will be happy to notify your professor. Otherwise, your visit to the Center will be kept confidential. The records we keep are for statistical purposes only.

How can I become a Peer consultant in the CCP?

Contact Dr. Barbara Lewis (lewisb2@rpi.edu), director of the Center for Communication Practices, for information on how to become a consultant in the Center.


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Phone:
518.276.8983

Location:
154A and 154B
Lower Level, Folsom Library
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY 12180

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