Drop-in Tutoring Hours
|Mon. May 2 - Sun. May 15||No scheduled hours|
Note: We are closed for drop-in tutoring until May 4th. Please use online writing help, available 24/7. Turnaround times are usually quick as we are not too busy in April! Spring and summer hours: Monday to Thursday from 1:30-4:30 from May 4-25*; May 30-June 17th; June 23-August 9*. *Closed May 23, July 1, and August 1.
Drop by Murray 142 for free writing help. No appointment is necessary. If our hours don't work for you, please submit your draft and/or question online. You may receive drop-in help twice for any given assignment, and can use the service at any stage of the writing process.
SLS also offers writing workshops throughout the year covering topics such as essay-writing, punctuation, organization, thesis statements, and writing with clarity.
Tutors can help you to
- clarify your goals
- improve your organization and writing style
- learn how to outline, draft, and revise your work
- practice the conventions of writing in your discipline
- notice patterns of error in your writing, which will help you to focus your editing and proofreading
- understand the rules of grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation.
Tutoring complements but does not replace writing instruction in your courses, and tutors cannot edit, proofread, or ghostwrite your essay.
Note to Professors
To protect student confidentiality, and to encourage a positive and trusting relationship with students, we won't confirm whether a specific student has used the writing centre unless he or she gives us permission.
For large classes, we do not have the tutoring hours to help every student within a short period of time. Instead of requiring students to use writing centre services, please persuade or encourage them to seek help if they need it. We are also happy to arrange for a workshop for your students, either in class or in the library. If possible, we can give your students access to a recording of the workshop, and any past workshops.
Writing Centre Workshops
Writing workshops are scheduled from September through March. If you cannot attend one of our workshops, you can contact the writing help coordinator by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for handouts and/or slides.
We can also give you access to recordings of some past workshops, on topics such as writing in Indigenous studies, literature reviews, and editing and proofreading.
How do I submit an assignment or question to online Writing Help?
Once you have your assignment draft and/or questions ready to submit to a tutor, simply fill out our online submission form by clicking the button below.
Do you need help getting started with your research paper? The Research Paper Planner will provide you with resources and helpful tips to guide you through the steps of the research and writing process.
You can view the Writing Help Research Guide here:
View these short video segments featuring U of S professors from various disciplines. The professors share their thoughts and advice on a range of writing topics.
Frequently Asked Questions
SLS Writing Help can be found on the first floor of the Murray Library (a.k.a. the main library). When you enter the library, choose the stairwell or the elevators, and go up one floor. At the top of the stairs, or upon exiting the elevator, turn right. You will see a big, busy area full of computers. In the corner of this area, next to the Math Help room, you will see Murray 142, Writing Help. Pop in to say "hello." Parents: children are welcome.
No! We are here to serve all U of S students, from any college. Many students coming for help are from colleges such as Arts and Science, Education, Commerce, Engineering, Agriculture, Grad Studies, and Nursing, but all students are welcome.
A tutor will sit with you at a desk, fill out a short form with you, and ask whether you brought an assignment question and/or draft. You do not have to bring an assignment question or draft to receive help, but if you do, the tutor will first respond to your specific questions and concerns, and then, if there is time left, he or she will read some of your draft to see what other comments can be made toward strengthening your work. If you don't bring a draft or assignment, the tutor can still answer your writing questions. For example, you might want to know about formatting in MLA documentation style, or you might need a clear explanation and examples of how to write a strong thesis statement. Maybe you have a quick grammar question. You're free to come in for a short or a full session. We are here to help you!
If a workshop is popular, we will likely run it again. Extra copies of the workshop handouts may be available. Sometimes the presenter's slides, or a recording of the workshop, can be forwarded via email.
Other Ways to Access Writing Help
- The Aboriginal Students' Centre (ASC): A Writing Centre tutor, John Bird, will be available at the Gordon Oakes Redbear Student Centre starting on Tuesday, January 12th. Hours for the term are Tuesdays from 9:30-12:30, and Wednesdays 1:30-4:30. Free and no appointment required. Just ask for John!
- Hire a tutor for continuity of help, or specialized help.
- Philosophy essay clinics (one-to-one with Lyndsay Helfrich) run September to early April, Mondays 2:30-4:00; Wednesdays 10:00-11:30; and Thursdays 2:30-4:00 p.m.. Online philosophy tutoring is available via SLS. Just specify that you'd like a philosophy tutor to look at your work.
- Writing help in the humanities and social sciences is available for Residence students during regular session. Contact the Residence main office for hours and locations.
- If you are registered with Disability Services for Students, inquire about funding options for editing and/or tutoring.
- If English is not your first language, we can offer you some information about where to get more expert help: contact email@example.com, or go to the International Student and Study Abroad Centre in Lower Place Riel.
- If you need an editor or proofreader, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of editors/proofreaders for hire. The editors and proofreaders are not Student Learning Services employees. They are private contractors and rates have to be negotiated with them individually. Student Learning Services can neither vouch nor take responsibility for work done by editors and proofreaders on this list.