A writing coach will ask you to begin reading a portion of your paper, so you can hear what you've written. Together, both of you will discuss your work as well as your options for improving your document.
A reading coach might begin the session by asking you to read to determine the level of assistance you require. Then, you will work together to develop personalized strategies for improving your reading speed, accuracy, and overall comprehension.
A speech consultant will ask you some questions about what you plan to accomplish and provide a non-threatening environment in which to practice your presentations. WRSA also offers assistance with topic selection, research, outlining, and organization of ideas.
A conversation session offers ESL students the opportunity to practice their English speaking skills. Students are welcome to come to this appointment individually or to bring a classmate to the same session to talk about a topic of interest to them. Don’t have anything specific to talk about? Don’t worry. Our coaches have conversation topics ready for you.
To make the most of your WRSA visit:
- Come early in the semester and come often.
- Bring a copy of the assignment instructions.
- Know what you want to work on.
- Plan enough time for revision.
- Be prepared with questions you’d like to ask.
Do I have to make an appointment or can I walk in?
When you schedule an appointment, you are guaranteed that a coach will be available to work with you. However, walk-ins are welcome.
When should I make an appointment?
You can make an appointment up to two weeks in advance. The earlier you make an appointment, the more opportunities you will have to develop your skills.
How often can I make an appointment?
You may make three reading, three writing, three conversation and three speech appointments per week, but no more than a total of two appointments of different types per day. If a student does have two appointments of different types in one day, the appointments must be scheduled with different coaches.
Students with Blue Cards may schedule four sessions per week for each type of appointment, but no more than one type of appointment per day.
WRSA and Plagiarism
By meeting with a WRSA coach, you acknowledge that your work is your original thinking. If we are uncertain, we will explain what plagiarism is and provide resources to help you understand and learn how to avoid it. The WRSA Coordinator will be notified of this conversation.
If plagiarism is questionable after a second appointment, you agree to sit with a coach and complete the COD Library's online plagiarism module to clarify confusion regarding citation practices and standards.
If plagiarism is suspected after a third appointment, you will lose your WRSA privileges for the remainder of the semester and your instructor may be notified.
Learning Commons West
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1016B, (630) 942-3960
Writing, Reading, and Speech Assistance