I offer personal guidance to many of my students, to help them write more successful essays. There are a few things I suggest they do to make the conferences more productive.
First, print off your essay so you can mark it up as we talk. I will be going over your document a line at a time and just looking at it on your computer isn’t going to help you remember what I say. I have a marked up copy of your work and you should, too. Mark up everything I suggest so that you can refer back to it on future assignments. No, you won’t remember what I say.
Next, try to have distractions at a minimum. We talk over the phone but please make sure that your children are otherwise entertained while we speak because it won’t help you a bit if you can’t hear me. If you know your infant is going to want to eat during our scheduled time, let’s change our chat to a different time.
Finally, actually do what I suggest in your future papers. It doesn’t do any good to spend an hour talking to me if you are going to ignore my advice. I don’t make a note that you spend one hour with me and count towards your next grade. You need to actually do what I’ve talked to you about.