ALC writing tutors see students face-to-face in 20 – 30 minute appointments. Writing tutors are located in the Elizabeth Dafoe library (Learning Commons area) and in the Science and Technology Library (main floor reference area). After registering in ALC’s online schedule (WCOnline) students can check tutor availability and book an appointment. There are schedules for each of our locations (i.e. “Science Library Tutor Schedule” or “Writing tutors in Dafoe”) and can be selected from the drop down menu at the top of the screen.
Writing tutors assist with a paper's organization, focus, thesis statement, coherence, and clarity, among other concerns. Students are welcome to meet with tutors at any point of the writing process. Rather than proofreading or editing papers, tutors offer feedback to help students improve their writing skills. A student should not expect the whole paper to be looked at and "corrected" as the emphasis of the program is on helping students become better writers. Towards this end, tutors assist writers in finding areas that require improvement and then learning the ways to make those improvements.
The ALC offers drop-in appointments for writing at peak times of the fall and winter terms (typically October, November, March). The appointments are held in the Elizabeth Dafoe Library and students are seen on a first-come first-serve basis. Before coming in for a drop-in appointment, please call the ALC office at 204-480-1481 to make sure that drop-in appointments are available.
Online tutors are also available. Note these appointments are not synchronous (i.e. immediate) instead writing tutors respond provide written comments with 48 business hours. To book an “appointment” with a writing tutor please select the “Online Tutor” schedule and select an available spot. Papers must be attached to the appointment; please see http://umanitoba.ca/student/academiclearning/writing_support/online_tutor.html) for instructions.
ALC writing tutors are very popular and appointments are often booked 3-5 days in advance. Because of this, your appointment will be given to another student if you are more than 10 minutes late.
Academic Learning Centre, University of Manitoba
How To Apply
Kathy Block, Instructor
Academic Learning Centre
201 Tier Building
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2