Learning Commons’ Q&A

Writing Centre instructors are available Monday through Saturday  to answer your writing-related questions in the Writing Instruction pod on the second-floor of the Scott Library.

Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Sessions are limited to 15 minutes, and strictly so when there is a line.

Learning Commons’ Q&A FAQ

What can be accomplished within 15 minutes?

Within 15 minutes, we can answer one or two specific questions either general in nature or related to a writing assignment (we will not be able to read your full draft).

This is a great way to get help with specific aspects of your writing that don’t require a full one-to-one appointment.

What can I do if the line is too long?

Unfortunately, it’s not always possible for instructors to meet with all of the students in line. If there are eight or more students ahead of you, your wait may be up to two hours long and the pod may close before you’re seen.

We offer additional drop-in service in the Writing Centre (Ross S311) between 10:30 and 3:30 during peak times.

You may also be eligible for our other writing support programs, including 50-minute one-to-one writing support appointments and eTutoring .

What is the Learning Commons?

The Learning Commons unites various learning services to better support students’ academic success. Together in the Learning Commons, library research support, writing instruction, learning skills and careers services collaborate to offer students enriched support and learning resources.

The Learning Commons' services, such as SPARK: Student Papers & Academic Research Kit, support students as they develop the many skills, tactics, and strategies required for success in university and beyond.

The Learning Commons is not situated in a particular physical location. However, the instruction pods on the second floor of the Scott Library serve as a centralized hub of Learning Commons' activity. Check out the pods' Service Hours here.