Students can use these resources to learn about specific aspects of writing.

Faculty can use these videos and other resources on their course websites, in class, or in writing sessions as teaching aids about specific aspects of writing.


Available Videos

Demystifying Thesis Statements

by Stephanie Bell and Brian Hotson

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Drafting a Research Question

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Writing Your Thesis Statement

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Steps to Drafting Your Essay

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Organizing Your Argument

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Workshop Slides for ORGANIZING YOUR DRAFT:


Description versus Analysis

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List of Resources for Faculty and Students

The Writing Centre

FREE 50-minute one-on-one appointments with a writing expert to work on writing assignments at any stage, including getting started. Go to our website, click on Enrol to register, and book your own appointments. You can book two appointments per week at your convenience.

15-minute drop-in writing appointments. Go to our website and click on Writing Centre Drop-In Schedule for Zoom links. No registration required; just click on the Zoom link.

Writing Centre Workshops

Go to the Online Workshops page for a list of free workshops on specific aspects of writing. Just click on the Zoom link to join. Workshops include:

  • Analyzing Your Assignment. February 11th, 11:30 to 1:00
  • Formulating Your Argument (Crafting a Thesis Statement). Feb. 25th, 1:30 to 3:00
  • Organizing Your Draft. March 9th, 1:00 to 2:15. SLIDES BELOW!
  • Slides: OrganizingYourDraft1
  • Revising Your Sentences. March 18th, 1:30 to 3:00.

Learning Commons and the Library

Offers links and resources for research. An Ambassador can direct you to the appropriate resource for your question. Click on the Learning Commons link above to find helpful resources for all aspects of your work, such as:

  • Virtual Welcome Desk
  • Libraries – Research Help
  • Writing Centre Drop-in for quick questions
  • ESL Open Learning Center (OLC) for multilingual students
  • Learning Skills Services
  • Career Centre Services

Open Learning Centre (OLC)

Provides FREE English language support for any registered  York University student who is currently learning English as a second or additional language in the ESL program or is currently enrolled in academic undergraduate or graduate degree programs at York University. Click Enrol to register, then book your own appointments.

SPARK (Student Papers and Academic Research Kit)

A complete guide to writing academic assignments, especially essays. Work through each module in turn, or go directly to a specific module, such as research strategies, finding sources, structuring an essay, and citing your sources.

Learning Skills Services

Offers workshops and appointments to help you learn strategies for specific skills that help you to succeed in your academic journey.