What is the difference between a writing centre tutorial and drop-in session?
The biggest difference is time. Writing centre tutorials are 50 minutes long and drop-ins are 20 minutes. Tutorials are good for long assignments, complex questions, and learning the details. Drop-ins are good for short assignments (less than 3 pages) and focused questions.
Otherwise, tutorials and drop-ins happen in the same space and with the same tutors.
Can I get feedback on a take-home exam?
The short answer is no. We can talk to you about effective planning and writing process for a take-home exam, but we will not discuss content or look at your work.
When should I not book a tutorial but just come to drop-in hours?
Drop-in hours are good if you have questions about an assignment but haven’t started writing yet. They are also good for short assignments (1 to 3 pages) and for questions about citation.
Can someone at the Writing Centre edit my work?
Writing tutors focus on teaching you the skills you need to become a better writer. We can teach you to edit your own work, but we will not edit it for you.
Does the Writing Centre look at resumes and cover letters?
No: we focus on academic writing assignments. Academic Advising & Career Centre has specialized counselors and trained peers who will review your resume and cover letter. Go to Room AR 215 to sign up for an appointment. You might also have a look at the excellent advice on writing resumes and cover letters.
Can the Writing Centre help me with my personal statement for graduate school?
We are happy to help you with your personal statement during our drop-hours. Please do not book an appointment for a personal statement, as we reserve these for course assignments only.
Can I bring in my creative writing (fiction, poetry, etc.) to the Writing Centre?
For questions and appointments relating to creative writing, please contact Dr. Nancy Johnston.
Note that UTSC has a creative writing journal, Scarborough Fair, which you might want to get involved in. And remember to submit your best work for the UTSC Creative Writing Awards.
Can I come in to work on my writing skills, even if I don’t have an actual assignment?
Our philosophy is that writing is an activity that always occurs within a discursive context. We don’t teach writing in the abstract; we teach based on work in progress. That being said, if you want to work on your writing but don’t have an assignment due yet, you can
bring in a copy of an old writing assignment for assessment and feedback;
draft a sample of the kind of writing you will be doing in your field and bring it in for assessment and feedback.