Make an Appointment
Students may make an appointment for one-on-one collaboration and instruction with a GCC tutor during any of our available hours. Appointments are 50 minutes long. You may make same-day appointments, or you can schedule an appointment up to two weeks before you would like to work with a tutor. CMU faculty, staff, and sponsored accounts may make same-day appointments only. We are located on the first floor of Hunt library.
Our hours for Fall 2014 are Monday thru Thursday 11:00am-8:00pm and Sunday 5pm-8pm . We are located on the first floor of the Hunt library.
Upload your Draft Two Hours before your Appointment
When you schedule an appointment, you will be asked to provide:
• a copy of your most current draft
• a copy of the assignment prompt (or instructions) for the project that you are working on
• (optional) a model essay, which may be a sample project that your instructor has handed out with the assignment or a course reading that reflects the type of assignment you are being asked to produce. The model essay helps our tutors prepare for your appointment and assists them in giving you the best advice possible for meeting your instructor's expectations.
You will receive a reminder approximately two hours before your appointment asking you to upload the most recent version of your draft. Tutors will read this draft before your appointment so they can decide what method of feedback will be most helpful to you and so the appointment can begin as soon as you arrive.
After you have completed your Appointment Form, you will be directed to a screen that states you have successfully made an appointment. Underneath that statement is where you can upload your assignments. Click on the "Click Here" link to upload your drafts.
If you do not have a draft ready by the time you are filling out your form, click on the yellow file folder underneath your name on the homepage. This file folder will open up a new box where you can upload assignments to your most recent appointment.
If you are having trouble uploading your attachment please email it to us and we will upload it manually and give it to your tutor.
For a visual representation of how to make an appointment please look over the PowerPoint below!
Filling out the Appointment Form
To have a productive session, it is important to give your tutor as much information as possible about your communication goals and assignment.
Be as specific as possible about your communication goals: What do you want to get out of your session? What specific issues do you want your tutor to address or respond to? We are not asking you diagnose your own writing; rather, this is a chance for you to begin your conversation with us.
Keep in mind that the GCC is not an editing service: our philosophy is that clear, organized and rhetorically effective arguments and ideas matter more to a reader than sentence level errors. Although we can be a resource for improving your grammar, our fundamental objective is to first help make your ideas clear, organized and rhetorically effective.
Explain your assignment: Your tutor will be able to give you informed and relevant feedback if they understand your assignment, grading criteria and audience expectations. Below depicts an example of an effective communication goal.
Waitlist an Appointment
If the appointment time you want is booked, you may add yourself to the waitlist by clicking on the clock icon next to the date. You can then elect to be notified if there are any cancellations.
Our Cancellation and No-Show Policy
It is very important to us to serve as many students as possible. If you cancel an appointment without notice, you are taking up a resource that other students can be using. Therefore, appointments that are canceled less than two hours before the scheduled time, will be counted as a no-show. After two no-shows, students will be blocked from scheduling further appointments until they talk to the GCC Director.