What We Do
Consultations are scheduled in 1-hour increments and are informal, interactive, and driven by student concerns. You will meet with a trained writing professional who will discuss your work with you, identify major writing issues, and help you develop strategies to address your rhetorical situation: your audience, purpose, and occasion. Academic Writing Centre tutors are aware of the conventions and scholarly practices of various disciplines.
We can help you with:
- Developing an effective, genre-specific style
- Generating ideas and developing narrowed topics
- Understanding sentence and paragraph structure
- Planning and constructing essay outlines
- Understanding the principles of paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting
- Understanding documentation (APA, Chicago, MLA, etc.)
What We Don't Do
- Proofreading or intensive copy-editing services
- Comment on or discuss student grades
How to Prepare for Your Consultation
- You are expected to bring in a printed hard copy (draft) of your writing assignment to the consultation.
- It is difficult for instructors to make editorial suggestions and to work with students over a shared laptop or other electronic device. Students who arrive with screen copies only will be asked to return with a print-out.
- Please bring a copy of the assignment description.
- It is difficult for tutors to help with assignment structure without a clear understanding of the expectations and/or instructions of the assignment.
- Come prepared with specific questions after giving your assignment significant thought.
- Make sure you have read specific assignment instructions carefully. If you are uncertain how to approach the project, at the very least consider the assignment thoughtfully and come prepared to discuss. If possible, bring an early draft or first paragraph. We are also happy to look at final drafts.
- Don't be anxious if you are confused or lack confidence in your writing!
- The ability to write well, like any other worthwhile skills, can be learned and imrpoved with effective instruction and informed practice.
We ask that all cancellations be made at least 24 hours in advance, barring an emergency. This is to ensure students who are waiting for appointments can take your place.
Cancellations can be made through the Scheduling Calendar. Students who do not communicate cancellations will be blocked from making further appointments and the Centre, and may be reinstated at the discretion of the Centre Coordinator.