In-person writing help will not resume until term two. Email-based writing help remains available.
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:
- Email: Submit your questions and drafts at any stage of the writing process and hear back from a tutor within 48 hours.
- Online Meeting: We are working hard to get a new appointment-booking platform ready. In the meantime, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with (1) a detailed explanation of what you'd like help with and (2) when you would like to meet. Please provide several options for meeting times.
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.
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.
Writing Centre Workshops
Writing workshops are scheduled throughout the year. Workshop recordings are available on our registration page.
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
- Philosophy essay tutors offer one-to-one help through the Philosophy Department.
- Students living in residence can access writing help in the humanities and social sciences during regular session. Contact the residence main office for hours and locations.
- Students registered with Access and Equity Services can inquire about support for editing or tutoring.
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!
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 to have your comments, questions, or concerns addressed, please contact the coordinator at email@example.com or 306-966-2771. It's important for us to get feedback on our services to students.