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All students may schedule a consultation at the Center for Academic and Professional Communication to review a written, oral, or visual communication assignment. Our consultants can assist you.

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FAQ - Undergraduates

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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 opportunity to access this service and to allow adequate revision time on your work.

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 fellowship application, a research poster, slides, or an oral presentation (see below). Our consultants can also help with longer written work, such as a senior thesis. However, for long projects you may need to visit the Center several times.

Yes. We expect all visitors to the Center to respect the rights of others. Anyone who engages in disrespectful 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.

No. Regardless of their majors and classification statuses, all of our communication consultants are trained to recognize the conventions and structures of written and spoken genres in various disciplines and thus are prepared to work with you.

While we recommend that students make an appointment in advance, you may show up as a walk-in and meet with a consultant if a consultant happens to be available. To avoid wasting your time, though, you should check our online scheduling system before you come over.

You can cancel or modify an appointment up to six hours before the appointment by logging into the scheduling system. After that time, you will be considered a no-show. After two no-show appointments in a semester, your access to the scheduling calendar will be blocked until you have spoken with a Center administrator.

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 opportunity to access this service and to allow adequate revision time on your work.

If you have just begun to work on the presentation slides/poster, our communication consultants can help you with designing and revising your slides or poster. Our consultants can also help you practice the delivery of your presentation.

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.

Our communication consultants will serve as informed readers with the goal of assisting you in effectively communicating your ideas. During the session, your consultant may work with you to help you do any of the following:

  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Identify and analyze your audience and their needs
  • Develop a thesis statement appropriate for the writing situation
  • Organize your ideas and arguments
  • Develop self-editing strategies
  • Address stylistic and grammatical concerns
  • Provide feedback on presentation delivery

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 consultants have any indication that your use of the Center would violate the Honor Code, they must end the consultation and report the situation to the Director.

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 “bigger picture" issues such as organization and argument.