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Making a Writing Services Appointment during the Fall 2020 Semester

  1. First determine whether you would like a synchronous appointment or an asynchronous appointment.
    1. A synchronous appointment takes place in real time via a Zoom session. You will meet at the appointed time for 30 minutes with a writing assistant via your electronic device.
    2. An asynchronous appointment takes place offline. You still make an appointment with a writing assistant via Accudemia for a specific date and time, but then you submit your paper to eCampus and await feedback from the chosen writing assistant.
    3. The synchronous vs. asynchronous decision is entirely up to you; one way is not better or more effective than another. Simply decide which format you think works more to your preferences and strengths as a writer and just go with your gut. One important consideration: if you do not yet have a draft of an essay or if you have only a partial draft, it is recommended that you opt for the Zoom session so that you can talk in real time with a writing assistant and plan your approach to the assignment. If you have a completed draft of the essay then you can still arrange for a Zoom meeting, but you might also consider offline feedback from a writing assistant via an asynchronous appointment.
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  1. Making a synchronous appointment.
    1. First, go to the Accudemia homepage: accudemia.monmouth.edu and sign in with your Monmouth username and password.
    2. Next, select the blue link titled “New Appointment” and you will be taken to the New Appointment screen:
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    3. Under “Writing Services CSS” select the appropriate Zoom link service for you. You will have a few choices here: select either “Graduate” or “Undergrad” and then select which formatting you are using for the course or assignment: MLA or APA (if you are unsure which format style you need, that’s ok… just pick one of them).
    4. So, for example, if you are an undergraduate student wishing to make a synchronous Zoom appointment for an assignment in MLA format, then you would select the link entitled “Writing Services–Undergrad–Synchronous Zoom MLA”
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    5. Next, you will have to select your “Subject Area.” You should see your courses populate automatically on the screen. Just click the class that the assignment is for.
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    6. Then pick the date and time for your Zoom appointment that best fits your schedule.
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    7. Finally, simply click “Confirm”
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    8. Once your appointment is confirmed, you will receive an email from Accudemia confirming the details of your appointment.
    9. You then have two options as to how to access your Zoom appointment with your writing assistant: (1) Return to your Accudemia home page within ten minutes of your appointment time and click “Join session”; or (2) Go back to your email confirmation and, within ten minutes of your appointment time, click the “Join session” link from the email.
    10. Finally, simply wait for your writing assistant to admit you into his or her Zoom session. While you wait, be sure to have your assignment with you, and, if you have made it to this stage yet, a draft of your essay. It is up to you and your writing assistant how you would like to view your paper and assignment together: you may either use the “Screen Share” function in Zoom or simply email the paper and assignment documents.
  2. Making an asynchronous appointment
    1. If you are an undergrad student and you wish to have an asynchronous appointment, you can begin by following the same beginning steps as you would for making a synchronous appointment: go to Accudemia and select “New appointment.” (If you are a graduate student, there is no need to make an appointment in Accudemia if you would like your paper reviewed asynchronously. Proceed directly to the eCampus online community entitled “Online Writing Services” and follow the instructions there.)
    2. Next, under “Writing Services CSS,” you would select either “WS-Undergrad-Asynchronous eCampus Submission APA” or “MLA” based on what formatting style your professor requires. (Again, if you are unsure of which formatting style is correct, then just choose one or the other).
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    3. Once you have selected your service, then you would follow the same succeeding steps as for synchronous appointments: Choose the appropriate class from your lists of courses, and then pick a date and time that is convenient for you. Note: by picking a date and time for an asynchronous appointment, you are essentially choosing the time when you would like the writing assistant to review your paper. You do not have to be “present” at the time you select in any way.
    4. Click “Confirm” and your appointment is booked! You will receive a confirmation email from Accudemia with the details.
    5. Next, you must go to ecampus.monmouth.edu and click on the community entitled “Online Writing Services for Undergrads.” Click on “Assignments.”
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    6. Then find the appropriate formatting folder for this assignment: MLA or APA. Note: Be sure the folder you select here matches the formatting style you chose when you made your appointment on Accudemia.
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    7. Once you click on the appropriate folder, you will need to submit your assignment and your essay draft; go to “Submit Assignment” and add the necessary files.
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    8. You must also fill out some information to go along with the documents. When you click on the formatting folder, you will see “Assignment Information Sheet.” To the best of your ability, please fill out the necessary information you see there in response to the six prompts listed.
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    9. When you are done, click “Submit” at the bottom of the page. Important Note: please be sure to complete these steps before the appointment time you selected on Accudemia.
    10. Finally, simply await feedback from your writing assistant! Check back in the same “Assignments” folder that you dropped your assignment in. You should allow at least a few hours for the writing assistant to review your paper thoroughly and provide useful feedback.