Do you accept “walk-in” students?
What happens if I am late for my appointment?
How do I cancel or modify an appointment?
How long does a consultation session take?
Are there limits on the number of appointments I can make?
What happens in a consultation session?
Can I get help on anything other than papers for classes?
I heard that I could also get help with a presentation. How does that work?
Will my consultant proofread my paper?
What if I am working on a group project?
Do I need to see a consultant from my department or field?
Can I work at the Center?
What other teaching opportunities related to writing and communication are there for graduate students?
Can the Center refuse to serve me?
While we recommend that students make an appointment in advance, you may come in as a “walk-in” and meet with a consultant if any consultant is free at the time.
We recommend strongly that you call ahead (713-348-4905) if you are going to be late. If you are more than ten minutes late for your appointment, you may lose your spot.
You can cancel or modify an appointment up to 6 hours before the appointment by logging into the scheduling system. After that time, you will be considered a 'no-show.' After 2 no-show appointments in a semester, your access to the scheduling calendar will be blocked.
Yes, you are limited to one appointment per day, two per week, and 14 per semester to ensure that all students are provided with equal opportunities and to allow adequate revision time on your work.
Appointments last 40 minutes. You are limited to 1 appointment per day, 2 per week, and 14 per semester to ensure that all students are provided with equal opportunities and to allow adequate revision time on your work.
Our communication consultants will serve as informed readers/audience with the goal of assisting you to effectively communicate your ideas. During the session, your consultant may work with you to help you do any of the following:
Yes, our consultants can provide feedback on such documents as applications for external funding, conference proposals or papers, journal articles, personal statements for summer internships, research posters, or an oral presentation or job talk (see below). Our consultants also can work with you on longer written works, such as a thesis or dissertation; for long projects, you may want to establish a relationship with a particular consultant and make regular appointments.
If you have just begun to work on the presentation slides/poster, our communication consultants can help you with designing and/or revising your slides or poster. Our consultants also can help you practice and improve the delivery of your presentation. (If you are bringing a laptop and wish to project slides or a poster in our oral presentation practice room, please bring any adapter you might need.)
The Center is NOT a proofreading or editing service. During a session, our consultants will first try to work with you to improve global issues (such as argument support and organization of your ideas) and then may move on to help you improve sentence-level issues if time permits.
We recommend that the entire group meet with a consultant. If you come alone, the consultant can help only with the part that you wrote or created.
No. Regardless of their major and classification status, all of our communication consultants are trained to recognize the conventions and structure of written and spoken genres of various disciplines and thus will be able to work with you. There is even empirical research showing that trained undergraduate tutors can help graduate students improve the way they communicate their ideas.
Yes! We welcome applications from graduate students, especially from STEM fields, to work as communication consultants. You do not need to have experience teaching or tutoring communication skills; we will provide training. You only need to be interested in and enthusiastic about working with Rice students to improve such skills. We post the job notice on our site in late March, and a writing sample and interview are required. Note: We rarely interview candidates with only one year left in their studies at Rice; we are looking for consultants who, after receiving our intensive training, will work here for multiple years.
The Program in Writing and Communication hires a small number of graduate students to be TAs and instructors for the FWIS courses. The application process is explained in detail on the Program’s site.
Yes. We expect all visitors to the Center to respect the rights of others. Anyone who engages in disrepectful or disruptive behavior will be asked to leave. In such rare cases, an individual may lose the privilege of using the Center's services and/or be referred for disciplinary action.