Appointments FAQ

In keeping with USF’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, all tutoring is being delivered remotely through Microsoft Teams.

Where will the session meet?

Sessions happen online. When you make your appointment, a Microsoft Teams meeting link will be emailed to you. Simply follow that link to join the meeting at the set time. You can also join the meeting by calling in using the conference ID number and phone number provided in the email.

How long will the session last?

Appointment sessions are scheduled for 1 hour.

How far in advance do I need to make the appointment?

Availability is updated in real time, and appointments can be made up to two weeks out and  until 10 minutes before an available slot.

Can I request a specific tutor?

At this time, only "Academic Writing" supports tutor selection. For other subject areas, visit the Virtual Desk where a team member can book an appointment with a specific tutor.

Can I have another student join the appointment?

Yes! Appointments can accommodate up to 3 students. If you would like to have a classmate join you, share with them the meeting link in the email you receive.

What if my subject is not listed?

We support several courses that are not listed, but unfortunately we do not have subject area tutors for all courses.

Drop by the Virtual Desk and give them your course information and specific questions. A team member will try to match your questions with a tutor in that area of study.

Also, academic writing tutors work with students from many disciplines!

Can I meet with a tutor on the weekend?

Unfortunately, weekend appointments cannot be accommodated.

How is this different than the online writing tutoring?

Appointment based writing tutoring is synchronous, meaning you will meet in real time with a tutor. It all happens in a video chat using Teams. These are just a few examples where a writing tutor can help:

  • Help organize ideas
  • Provide a better understanding of an assignment
  • Answer questions about asynchronous feedback you received

In some cases, your tutor may ask you to provide the writing prior to the session.

This helps the tutor make better use your session time.

I still have a question...

Join the SSC Virtual Desk if you have other questions. A virtual desk member will be happy to help! (Desk staff online Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)