Tutoring

We provide free writing support to all USask students, no matter the discipline or level of study. Use our services at any stage of the writing process.

Email: Submit your questions and drafts at any stage of the writing process and hear back from a tutor within 48 hours.

Online Meeting: book an appointment to meet with a tutor via WebEx.

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.

Tutors cannot edit or proofread (i.e., correct the grammar and punctuation) your paper. They can teach you about writing using your work as an example of writing areas of strength and weakness. 

Online Writing Help

All graduate and undergraduate USask students can receive free writing help online. Tutors will not discuss the details of consultations (drop-in or online) with your instructors and will not evaluate your instructor's comments or grades on a marked assignment.

There are two ways to connect with a tutor:

  1. Email: Submit your questions and drafts at any stage of the writing process and hear back from a tutor within 48 hours.
  2. Online Meeting: book an appointment to meet with a tutor via WebEx.

What happens when I submit my work for online writing help?

  • We will assign your submission (writing draft or questions) to one of our writing tutors who will offer you advice to improve your writing and answer your questions by email. 
  • You will typically receive your tutor's comments within 48 hours. Wait times may be longer during holidays and weekends. 

Writing Centre Workshops

Writing workshops are scheduled throughout the year. If a topic isn't offered, or if the date and time doesn't work for you, please contact us for recordings and/or slides: writinghelp@usask.ca .

Writing Help Resources

  • Assignment Planner helps you get started on your research paper. Enter your assignment due date and receive a 7-step plan for completion with a timeline and helpful resources. 
  • Writing Guides and Resources - provide writing resources for students and teaching resources for faculty. Learn about disciplinary writing, argument and organization, citation, grammar and punctuation, and more. 
  • Workshop Recordings and Slides - videos and slides on a range of topics including avoiding plagiarism, punctuation, and paraphrasing focusing on advance graduate-level writers. 
  • USask Professors on Writing - Short videos from USask professors sharing advice on a wide range of writing topics.

Other Writing Help on Campus


Frequently Asked Questions

If you bring an assignment question or writing draft, the tutor will first respond to your questions and concerns and then, if there is time left, they will read some of your draft to see what other suggestions they have to 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!

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 strengths and weaknesses.  

You may want to try working with a different tutor. There are more than twenty student writing tutors employed with SLS, and each tutor has a different background.

If you would like a recommendation based on your subject area, please contact writing help or use the online writing help service.

If you would like to have your comments, questions, or concerns addressed, please contact the coordinator at writinghelp@usask.ca or 306-966-2771. It's important for us to get feedback on our services to students.

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.  

If a workshop is popular, we will likely run it again. Extra copies of the workshop handouts may also be available. Usually,the presenter's slides, can be forwarded via email. Contact writinghelp@usask.ca for details. 

Check our workshop schedule and register early to reserve your spot. 

Email Liv Marken at writinghelp@usask.ca or phone 966-2771 to request a classroom visit. The Writing Help coordinator or a tutor will explain how to use Writing Help services on campus and answer your students' questions. If you would like a custom workshop, we can probably work something out! For more information, check out our Teaching Writing guide.

Contact

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