In a 50-minute writing tutorial you sit down with a writing instructor, review the assignment guidelines and whatever you have written so far, whether it is a full draft or a few rough notes.
The aim of a 50-minute writing centre tutorial is to help you with whatever aspects of your academic writing need work: planning and outlining, structuring (an entire paper or any of its elements), grammar and sentence structure, argumentation, referencing, and so on. In a tutorial, we give you feedback on the assignment you bring in, and we teach you writing and editing techniques that you can apply in your future writing.
If you don't think you need a full 50 minutes, or if you are looking for help with non-academic work such as a personal statement, come to a drop-in session or sign up for Writers Space.
ONLINE Writing Tutorials
Online writing tutorials are very similar to regular 50-minute writing tutorials except that instead of meeting face-to-face in an office, student and instructor meet online through the WCOnline interface. There is a video link where student and instructor can see one another's faces and interact, a central whiteboard to share assignment instructions and your draft, and a text chat function.
To sign up for an ONLINE tutorial, just check the intranet schedule for any tutorial marked "ONLINE." and sign up as you would for a regular in-person writing tutorial. If this is your first online tutorial, you will soon get an email confirming the tutorial, with a link to WCOnline and instructions on how to log in and find your tutorial. If this is your first ONLINE tutorial, you will also get an email telling you an account has been created and giving you a password that you can use to log in. It's a good idea to change the password when you first log in.
A few minutes before your tutorial is due to start, simply follow the link and the instructions in the email.
WC Online is a web-based interface so you don't have to download anything on your computer. What you do need to do, however, is make sure you have high-speed wireless access and are in a quiet space where you can concentrate.