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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. Note: Tutors cannot edit or proofread (i.e., correct the grammar and punctuation) your paper. They can teach you about writing, though, using your work as an example of writing areas of strength and weakness. We cannot edit or proofread theses or dissertations.
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.
Also, tutors cannot edit or proofread (i.e., correct the grammar and punctuation) a student's paper. They can teach students about writing, though, using their work as an example of writing areas of strength and weakness. We cannot edit or proofread theses or dissertations, but we can provide a list of editors for hire.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 until the middle of April. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to the International Student and Study Abroad Centre in Lower Place Riel.
- If you need an editor or proofreader, please contact email@example.com 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.