Preparing for a Face-to-Face Conference
To make your face-to-face conference more effective, we recommend preparing for your session by following the tips below.
Before you arrive:
- Think about what you would like to focus on in your writing and questions you have about your work.
- Print out a hard copy of your paper, or make sure the digital copy is easy to read and revise.
- If you have an assignment sheet or any description of the assignment, please bring it.
- Also bring any notes or outlines you have made, especially if you are just starting a project.
- If you are working with a group, we highly encourage you to come in together.
When you arrive:
- The consultant will greet you and ask for some background on your project and any specific concerns you have. Keep in mind that the tutor may not be able to address your entire project; therefore, you should prioritize your main concerns.
- If you are working on a written piece, the consultant will ask if you are more comfortable reading your work aloud or hearing it read. Listening to your work can give you a new perspective on it, and can be very helpful for determining the tone and pace of your writing as well as simple typos, but if you are uncomfortable with this just let us know.
- If you are working on an oral presentation, you can rehearse it in a private room or discuss written material, like your outline or slides.
- You and the tutor will approach your work in small chunks; if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
- Keep in mind that although each appointment is marked as 30 or 60 minutes, the conference is only 25 or 50 minutes. This allows for the tutors to complete the Client Report Form, prepare for the next conference, and attend to any personal needs.