Face-to-Face Paper Readings: Online Interactive

Online interactive paper readings take place via the Internet. These synchronous readings are identical to our face-to-face service except that they are conducted at a distance rather than in person in the Writing Lab. A trained undergraduate or graduate paper reader will meet with you on Google Hangouts and discuss your paper with you.


What should I consider before scheduling an appointment?

  • Determine which type of paper reading appointment you would like to have. You may need to check with your professor to see which type of paper reading he or she requires.
  • Determine how many appointments you'll need for your paper. On average, Writing Lab assistants can read between two and seven pages an hour, depending on the quality of the paper and the experience of the Lab assistant.
  • Keep in mind that Writing Lab assistants will not write your papers for you, nor can they help you produce error-free, publishable papers. Their job is to help you write better.

How do I schedule an appointment?

  • Go to your student page in Navigate, click on the blue "View Advising/Student Support or Tutoring Availability" button in the upper, right corner of the screen, select Writing Lab, and follow the prompts. 
  • You may also call us at (850) 474-2129 or visit the Writing Lab at building 51 at the UWF Main Campus.
  • Keep in mind you can make only three paper reading appointments per day.
  • Be sure to have the following to expedite the scheduling process:
    • your UWF Gmail address,
    • your professor's name (be sure to spell the name correctly),
    • the name of your class,
    • the due date of the paper (Note: Lab assistants will not read a paper on the day it's due),
    • the style guide the paper should follow (MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, etc.), and
    • the type of paper reading appointment you require.
  • Check your email for messages confirming your appointments.

How should I prepare for my appointment?

  • Create the best draft you can.  The time for a paper reading is limited, and the last thing you want is for the Writing Lab assistant to waste time correcting things that could have been corrected before the paper reading began.
  • If you need to cancel your appointment, contact the appropriate Writing Lab office at least twenty-four hours in advance.  If you need to cancel your appointment while the Writing Lab is closed, you may either call and leave a voicemail message or e-mail us at writelab@uwf.edu.  Please give us your name, the date and time of your appointment, and the name of your paper reader. 
  • Note: If you do not cancel your appointment twenty-four hours in advance, then your appointment will count as a no-show.

What should I bring to my appointment?

  • Bring yourself -- on time.  If you're more than five minutes late, you will lose your appointment, and your appointment will count as a no-show.

What is my role during the appointment?

  • You must remain with the Writing Lab assistant while he or she reads your paper, so be prepared to be fully engaged throughout the reading, just as you would be during a class. You will have to be present for the entire session.
  • Each appointment lasts one hour, but the paper reader will work on your paper for only 45-50 minutes.  The paper reader will have to spend 10-15 minutes completing a Paper Reading Report for your professor.  The paper reader will summarize what the two of you discussed and revised during the appointment and send your marked-up copy to Navigate to show your professor that a paper reading took place.
  • You do not have to accept every revision your paper reader suggests, but the reader does have to mark each of the recommended revisions on your paper so that there is a record of said recommendations.
  • The paper reader is authorized to terminate a reading if you do not participate in revising and editing your paper.

How do I connect to my online reading? 

  • Access Google Hangouts via your UWF student Gmail account:
    • Login to your UWF student Gmail account;
    • Select the “apps” icon in the upper right-hand corner;
    • Select “Hangouts";
    • Wait for the Writing Lab associate to connect woth you at the top of the hour.
  • Have your essay ready in a Word document:
    • The Writing Lab associate will request that you use Google Hangouts' screen-sharing feature so that he or she can read your paper along with you;
    • Turn on “track changes” in Microsoft Word (The Writing Lab associate will walk you through this step if you need help);
    • You will apply edits as the paper reader indicates areas that require them;
  • Notes and policies:
    • You must use a laptop or desktop ­­-- no tablets or mobile devices;
    • You must use your UWF student Gmail account;
    • It is your responsibility to secure a reliable Internet connection -- The Writing Lab is not responsible for students’ Wi-Fi;
    • You must already be logged in to Hangouts and have your essay opened in a Word document at the top of your scheduled hour -- Please do not begin those steps at the top of the hour, as doing so delays your session;
    • The paper reader will connect with you in Hangouts -- Paper readers will not answer connections from students;
    • The paper reader will attempt to connect with you five times for the first five minutes of your scheduled session (once every minute) -- If he or she cannot connect with you, you will be counted as a no-show;
    • You must email a copy of your marked-up paper to the writelab@uwf.edu before your session is over (Doing so will ensure quality control for your paper reading).

What should I do after my paper reading?

  • Use the marked-up copy that you and your paper reader revised as a guide to help you change your paper.
  • Although the Lab isn't responsible for your grade, you should still keep track of the marked-up copy until after you've received a grade from your professor.