Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty
Where are you located?

Our central office is located in 201 Tier building. However, we have a strong presence online, including online booking, and all our writing tutors are located in the new Learning Commons (Elizabeth Dafoe Library).

What kind of support do you provide students?

Our instructors, and peer-tutors see students on writing and learning-related issues. We will see students at any point in the writing process from brain-storming to final copy. Our learning skills instructors, and the peer-tutors trained to work with students on learning-specific issues, work with students to improve their study methods.  Our aim is to provide learning strategies that can be adapted to difference courses, students and contexts.

Do peer-tutors edit students’ papers?

Our staff does not copyedit. In other words, we do not fix student papers. Instead, we focus on the student as a writer, and work to provide them with the tools they need to improve as writers.

Will you teach students grammar?

Yes, and no. We teach students’ grammar in context, and at the point that that instruction will most help the student. If the student is struggling to construct a thesis statement, support their ideas, or organize their information than our focus will be on those issues. We tend to address grammar when 1) the students’ grammar actively interferes with clarity, 2) when the rest of the writing concerns are not a concern (i.e. when the paper addresses all the other macro concerns). It is also important to note that not all our peer tutors are equally proficient at explaining grammatical concepts, so students with significant grammar concerns are often referred to ALC instructors.