What is a Consultation?

grips-print-45Throughout the academic year, students come to have several one‒on‒one meetings with CPC faculty as part of their studies. Consultations on research proposals and final papers are available in the Fall and Spring terms, respectively. At other times, we encourage students to visit the CPC to discuss a specific assignment, receive guidance on academic writing conventions, seek feedback on the progress of their research, or get advice on avoiding plagiarism.

Mandatory Consultations

All 1‒year master’s students will have at least two mandatory consultations in the Spring term for the preparation of their final paper. Every effort will be made to match students to the faculty members best suited for their topics or methodologies.

Optional Consultations

grips-print-38In addition to the mandatory consultations mentioned above, students are welcome to make appointments at any time for additional consultations on their proposals, papers, or other writing or presentation assignments.

Consultations for Doctoral Students

We provide specialized consultations for doctoral students. In order to make an appointment for a doctoral consultation, please contact Professor Petchko. (email kpetchko@grips.ac.jp)

We also offer a special writing tutorials designed to help you with your dissertation writing. CPC faculty members are available for individual consultations. To see instructors’ areas of expertise, please select consult our faculty page.

To make an initial appointment, please follow this link.

Making Appointments

Where to come and what to bring to an appointment

grips-print-42The Center for Professional Communication is located in room C507 on the fifth floor. We hold regular office hours for walk‒in consultations and tutoring. Appointments are also available upon request. Come to the meeting with your assignment, questions, draft (if you have one), and any relevant materials (such as notes and a preliminary reference list).

We recommend coming to the CPC with your writing questions well in advance of your due date. Please leave enough time to revise after receiving our feedback.

How to make an appointment

  • Appointments can be made through this link: CPC Appointments
  • Consultations are 30 minutes. Please do not reserve concurrent appointments without prior permission from the CPC faculty member you wish to consult with.
  • Appointments must be made one day prior to the desired consultation time.
  • Please avoid cancelling consultations as much as is possible.
  • Please be on time for your consultation; the consultation period will not be extended to allow for late starts.

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