About the Writing Centre
- What kinds of things can I get help with?
- What happens at a typical session?
- What do I need to bring to a session?
- How do I book appointments?
- How do I get tutoring help online?
- Do you offer classes?
- How can I work as a Peer Tutor at the Writing Centre?
What kinds of things can I get help with?Writing Centre tutors discuss your writing work with you in order to develop your writing in areas such as
- Business & Technical Writing: e.g. proposals, recommendation reports, user manuals, letters, memos
- Academic Writing: e.g. essays, research papers, thesis statements
- Grammar and Punctuation
- Style & Format: main ideas, overall structure, paragraphing, transitions and flow; conciseness, specificity, clarity, reader access
- Citation: e.g. APA, MLA, plagiarism avoidance
Tutors do not help with -
- proofreading or editing
- providing topic or content ideas
- commenting on grades
- writing that is not course-related (e.g., resumes, cover letters, etc.)
What happens at a typical session?
Tutors will work with you to identify the most important problems with a specific piece of writing. You and your tutor will then discuss and develop strategies to overcome those problems.
A typical session goes through the following stages:
Your tutor will greet you and ask what you would like to work on.
- The tutor might then ask you questions about the assignment and the piece of writing that you've brought in.
- You or your tutor will then read parts of your work aloud.
- You and your tutor will then determine an agenda for the remainder of the session (i.e. what aspects of your writing to focus on during the rest of the session).
- You will work through the agenda together. Expect your tutor to ask you numerous questions about what you've written, why you've written it that way, and how you might change it.
- Finally, you will be asked to summarize what you have learned, and then to fill out a feedback form.
What do I need to bring to a session?
Bring a print out of the writing you'd like to discuss as well as any corresponding assignment sheet(s).Top
How do I book appointments?
You can book two 25-minute appointments each week up to two weeks in advance. The maximum amount of tutoring help that you can receive on a particular piece of writing is 100 minutes (4 - 25 minute sessions). To book or cancel an appointment.
- drop by the library service desk, or
- call 604-432-8370 during Library hours or
- use the online booking system
Note that Writing Centre staff do not take bookings directly.Top
How do I get tutoring help online?
Free eTutoring help is available to BCIT students through WriteAway. The service is open in the fall, winter, and spring/summer semesters. To get writing assistance from a WriteAway tutor:
- Login to eTutoring via the WriteAway login page by choosing British Columbia Institute of Technology. If it is your first time using the service, on the BCIT page create an account by clicking on the 'Need an account' link.
- Once you have logged in to eTutoring, from your home page you can either send an eQuestion (a quick question about writing or grammar), or you can upload a draft writing assignment for feedback by clicking on the eWriting Lab link.
- A tutor at any of the participating institutions will read your writing assignment, provide written guidance, and upload their response to the eTutoring platform. you can submit up to three drafts of any paper.
- An email notification will be sent to you letting you know that feedback on your draft writing assignment is ready to be picked up from the system.
Do you offer classes?Top
How can I work as a Peer Tutor at the Writing Centre?
We do most of our hiring at the beginning of term, with occasional hiring taking place within the term. Peer Tutors need to have excellent grades and an instructor recommendation. Contact email@example.com for more information.Top