Appointments and Guidelines for Tutoring Services

Making an Appointment

The Center for Theological Writing is located in the Westbrook building in rooms 0021, 0029, and 0037.

Appointments at the Writing Center can be made online through Sakai. Here’s what to do:

First—Joining

  1. Log in to Sakai.
  2. If you have been pre-registered for the Writing Center, you will see a tab marked "Divinity Writing Ctr" on the top blue bar. Click on it.

or

  1. Log in to Sakai.
  2. Click on the “My Workspace” tab.
  3. Click on “Membership” in the left-hand navigation menu.
  4. Under the green “Membership” text, click on the “Joinable Sites” link.
  5. In the search box located on the right, type in “Divinity Writing Ctr” and click “Search.”
  6. Click on the “Join” link. You are now a member of our Sakai site.

Second—Making (or Canceling) an Appointment and Registering on the Wait List

Once you have joined:

  1. Click on “Divinity Writing Ctr” tab or go to the “My Active Sites” tab and look for the “Divinity Writing Ctr” under "PROJECTS."
  2. Click on “Sign-Up” in the left-hand navigation menu.
  3. Look for either
    1. the tutor with whom you would like to work
    2. and/or the date you would like a tutorial
    (you can also see which sessions are available if you click on “Schedule” in the left-hand navigation menu; a calendar with time slots will open up)
  1. Click on your selected tutor/date (in “Sign-Up” view).
  2. Click on “Sign-Up” (or if canceling, then “Cancel Sign-Up”).
  3. If you wish to add a comment (for example, about the type of help you need), click "Add a comment" and type in a message.
  4. If a meeting slot is full, you can add yourself to the Wait List by clicking on the “Join the Wait List” button. You will be notified via email if the slot becomes available, and you are then signed up for it.

Note: Although we allow students to sign up for two appointments each week, we ask that you do not sign up for back-to-back appointments.

Turning in a Paper/Using the Drop Box in Sakai

Papers should be placed in a personal drop box on Sakai (unless your tutor has specifically instructed you to email your paper to him or her).

Here's how:

  1. Click on “Drop Box” in the left-hand navigation menu.
  1. Once in the Drop Box tool you will see a folder with your name or ID on it. Using the “Add” drop-down menu, select “Upload Files.”
  2. Use the “Browse . . .” button to select the file from your computer (as you would when attaching a file to an email).
  3. If necessary, choose “Add Another File.” Otherwise, click “Upload Files Now.” Your personal drop box will also be the location that your tutor can place his or her feedback on your work and edited papers.

You should submit your papers preferably at least 24 hours in advance or in a timeframe agreed to by your tutor. Papers longer than 8 pages should be submitted at least 48 hours ahead of time.

However, while early submission is urged in order to ensure the best quality feedback, tutors are generally willing to work with you on short notice if you have a specific problem that is limited in scope or if you simply want to talk through your ideas for a paper. Contact your tutor to see if s/he is willing to help without closely reading your paper in advance.

When you turn in your paper, note at the top of the first page:

  • the class the paper is for
  • the prompt for the assignment
  • any particular concerns you may have (for example, “I’m not sure if I have a clear thesis,” “I can’t put together an organized argument,” “I need help with exegetical writing,” etc.).

If you should need to contact a tutor by email, their email addresses are:

Canceling an Appointment

To cancel an appointment, follow the instructions above for making an appointment, but click “Cancel Sign-Up” rather than “Sign-Up.”

If you do need to cancel an appointment, please do so as soon as you can, especially as other students may be waiting to make use of the time slot.

Students who repeatedly skip meetings may lose the right to schedule future appointments.

Further Considerations

If you feel that you need more extensive assistance with your writing, please speak to us about other available services. Students can, on a limited basis, make use of the Duke University Writing Center, and there are a number of resources available on our website.

If you have any special concerns or questions that you would like to bring to our attention, please email Judith Heyhoe, Director of the Center, at jheyhoe@div.duke.edu.

Please keep in mind that we are not a proofreading or editing service. Our goal is to help you become a better writer. While you are welcome to ask us questions about grammar and format, you are ultimately responsible for proofreading your paper.