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Welcome to the Writing Skills Centre!

The Writing Skills Centre reopens on Tuesday, May 7th!

Every Wednesday, the appointment schedule for the following week is posted.

Contact Amy Becker, Academic Support Coordinator, for more information

amy.becker@rdc.ab.ca  403-342-3264


 

All RDC students are welcome in the Writing Skills Centre. It doesn't matter what program you're in or what your marks are. We can help you with:

  • Essay organization and structure
  • Research and planning
  • Developing a strong thesis statement
  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Any other issues related to writing

In order to become independent learners, students must be prepared to acquire many types of skills throughout their post-secondary education. At the Writing Skills Centre, we focus on helping students develop the writing skills they need in both academic and professional settings. While our tutors cannot proofread your paper for you, they can teach you how to proofread and edit your own work, skills that will stay with you for life.

During your tutoring session in the Writing Skills Centre, you can:

  • Bring your preliminary ideas and notes for an assignment, so you can talk them through with the tutor. Talking them through can help you clarify and focus your ideas.
  • Bring a draft of your paper—no matter how rough it is. The tutor can comment on which sections are clearly explained and which might need more explanation and support.
  • Bring in your paper in its final stages. Ask the tutor to comment on particular parts—e.g., paragraphs, sentences, word choices—that you’re unsure about.
  • Bring your nearly finished paper. The tutor can give you some techniques for editing and proofreading. Please remember that the tutor will not proofread the paper for you.

The tutor will not do the work for you but will offer you guidance so you can work more effectively. Be aware that if the tutor does any more than what is described above, you may be accused of academic dishonesty. If the assignment you hand in contains the tutor’s work rather than your own, this is considered plagiarism. Plagiarism can result in severe consequences for your educational opportunities. 

Please see the link below for more information about the Writing Skills Centre`s policies


Vision

                Our vision is to create a thriving, vibrant RDC writing community wherein students, staff and instructors alike gather to discuss  all aspects of academic writing.

Mission

                Using scaffolded instructional techniques and student-centred learning approaches, we strive to help RDC writers discover the knowledge and develop the skills they need to become confident, competent and independent writers.

Looking for help with your references?

The Writing Skills Centre tutors are more than happy to help you as much as they can with APA, MLA, and/or Chicago style references. Do not forget, however, that the library has staff to help with all citation/reference questions. If you are on campus, just drop by the library desk. If you are off campus, start a live chat session, text, or phone us

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Helpful Resources and Links

Writing an Essay
the Academic Way
 
Ask yourself:
Understand Your Assignment
Why has it been assigned?
How does it fit in your course?
What are the assignment's guidelines?
Explore What You Know
Pick a topic
Mind map
Brainstorm
Ask questions about the topic
 
Pre-write ideas
Plan Your Writing!
Research
Use reference material to gain broad view of topic
Focus search
Use a variety of research materials
Organize research using notes, annotated bibliography, sticky pads...
Outline essay
Create a topic for each paragraph
Develop a logical order for paragraphs
 
Write!
Create an arguable thesis
Ensure paragraphs support thesis
Incorporate research smoothly
Cite your sources!!
 
Review Your Work....
Revise
Edit
Polish...
...then hand it in and celebrate!
 

These links and handouts are useful for the initial stages of writing.

These links give a global overview of the writing process.

These handouts will help you understand more about the parts of speech.

Having strong transitions between sentences, paragraphs, and ideas makes an essay flow clearly.

These tools can help you learn some essay-writing basics.

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