One-to-One Writing Support

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Looking for ways to enhance your writing? To better understand your assignments? To discover your instructors’ expectations for your writing? We can help.

Use our online booking system to make a 50-minute appointment for one-to-one writing support, either face-to-face at the Writing Centre or via Online Video Chat.

During a one-to-one appointment, your writing instructor will work with you on any aspect of writing at any stage in the process. The nature of appointments will change depending on your assignment and stage in the writing process.

We can help you develop strategies to:

  • Get started – interpret assignments, connect the topic to the course, develop a research strategy...
  • Organize notes – find main ideas, use support effectively, see patterns in your research...
  • Develop a point of view – form a research question, determine a hypothesis, create a thesis statement, formulate an argument...
  • Revise & Proofread effectively – assess content logic, find grammatical errors, achieve clarity...
  • Document correctly – engage with and attribute sources effectively, use the citation style stipulated by your professor

Your instructor will provide support on any of your writing-related concerns and will be able to provide guidance on which concerns you might want to prioritize.

One-to-one Writing Support FAQ

How do I make an appointment for one-to-one writing support?

Choose a writing instructor and time slot (up to two-weeks in advance) that work best for you using our online booking system.

How do I choose a writing instructor?

Although you can receive helpful support from any of our writing instructors, we recommend that you find an instructor with expertise in the subject area within which you’re working.

In the online booking system, you can use the “Limit to” dialogue box at the top of the schedule to view the instructors who have expertise in an area of study (Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, STEM, etc.). In addition, each instructor’s personal bio  will help guide your decision. You can access information about our writing instructors directly in the online booking system by clicking on available appointment slots.

We encourage you to develop a professional relationship with one or two writing instructors with whom you can work on developing your writing as a sustained project.

How frequently can I book one-to-one appointments?

You can book one session per week, and can choose the same instructor each time, or choose different instructors for each type of assignment. It’s up to you!

How long is a one-to-one appointment?

Sessions last up to 50 minutes.

Can I drop in without booking an appointment?

Yes. During peak periods in Fall and Winter terms, one of our writing instructors is on standby between 10:30am and 3:20pm for 20-minute drop in sessions. These sessions now typically take place in our Writing Workspace for Drop-in & Guided Writing (S312). In the event that that space is closed for a workshop, check in with reception.

We are happy to use this time to answer a couple of questions, or give you some feedback on a couple of paragraphs of your essay. This is a great way to get help with smaller, more specific issues that don’t require a full 50-minute appointment.

How do I cancel my appointment?

To cancel your appointment, log into the online booking system, click on your appointment, and select the “Cancel this appointment” option.

To make a late cancellation (within 24 hours of your appointment time), please call Reception at 416-736-2100 x 55134. Review our policies & procedures  regarding late cancellations and missed appointments.

What should I bring for my one-to-one appointment?

In order to make your appointment as productive as possible, we encourage you to bring the assignment question(s), a printed copy of your draft (if you have begun to write) or any notes or drafting you’ve done, the course outline, and any relevant information about the course themes or readings.

We are happy to work with you at any stage of the writing process, even if you have not yet written anything.

Can I get my paper edited at the Writing Centre?

We will happily discuss grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, word choice, and verb tense. We will not make corrections for you, but will propose revisions in ways that support your development as an effective editor of your own work. We are not usually able to read student papers in their entirety within a single appointment.

What happens if I haven’t yet finished writing my paper?

Come to see us at any stage in the writing process – you don’t need to have an essay written first.

In fact, the best time to meet can often be before you’ve started to write. Just bring the assignment instructions, and we can talk about what it means, how to approach the topic, strategies for research, and methods of argument.