Do you accept “walk-in” students?
What happens if I am late for my appointment?
How do I cancel or modify an appointment?
Are there limits on the number of appointments I can make?
How long does a consultation session take?
What happens in a consultation session?
Can I bring take-home exams?
Can I get help on anything other than papers for classes?
I heard that I could also get help with my presentation. How does that work?
Will my consultant proofread my paper?
What if I am working on a group assignment?
Will I be violating the Honor Code by using the Center?
Do I need to see a consultant from my major?
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 a consultant happens to be available.
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. If you have two missed appointments in a semester, you will be blocked from making an appointment until you have spoken directly to a Center administrator.
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 45 minutes. 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.
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:
Unless you bring written approval from your instructor, you may NOT bring a take-home exam to your appointment.
Yes, our consultants can help you with such documents as your application essay for graduate school, a personal statement for a summer internship, a research poster, slides, or an oral presentation (see below). Our consultants can also help with longer written work, such as a thesis; for long projects, however, you may want to visit the Center several times.
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 can also help you practice 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.)
Our consultants will not proofread or line-edit your paper. They will, however, help you identify, understand, and correct errors if time permits after they have looked at other “bigger picture" issues such as organization and argument.
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. The Dean of Undergraduates and the Honor Council support the mission of the Center as a place for students to come to learn more about communicating their ideas. We are not a 'tutoring' service, so our consultants do not give help on the content of your paper or presentation. On the other hand, if an instructor has stipulated that you must complete an assignment on your own with no assistance, it is up to you to determine whether or not that includes using the Center. If a consultant has any indication that your use of the Center would violate the Honor Code, s/he must end the consultation and report the situation to the Director.
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.
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.