Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this service is now offered virtually.
Writing tutoring will be offered by videoconference, virtual chat, or email.
Videoconference or Virtual Chat tutoring (through Microsoft Teams)
To book a videoconference or virtual chat appointment, click "Schedule Appointment."
Students will receive a link to join the virtual Teams meeting at the pre-arranged time. Don’t have Microsoft Teams? That’s OK! You can use Teams on the web OR via the Teams app (you'll be prompted to download it when you click on the link).
Email the Academic Writing Tutor at Jennifer.Stange@rdc.ab.ca, and include:
You will receive an email response within one business day, letting you know what the expected turn-around time will be (depending on current demand). Then, we’ll email your essay back to you, along with our comments and suggestions.
This quick transition to online learning is new to us all; let’s learn together. For tips on how to succeed as an online learner, check out some Online Learning Strategies prepared by our Learning Skills Strategist.
For up-to-date information about Red Deer College Library services, resources, and spaces during the COVID-19 Pandemic, visit: RDC Library during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Writing Skills Centre does not provide proofreading or editing. While we cannot “fix” your paper for you, we will provide you with the knowledge and ability to write your best essay!
We expect demand for writing help to be high. Please be patient and account for possible delays when planning around your assignment due dates.
Students can access our services a maximum of once per day and twice per week. Please cancel any appointments or email submissions you no longer need by using the cancellation link in the appointment confirmation email, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you no-show to a virtual appointment, you will have to meet via videoconference with the Academic Writing Tutor or the Academic Support Coordinator before receiving any more tutoring.
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 tutors cannot proofread your paper for you, we can teach you how to proofread and edit your own work, skills that stay with you for life.
During your tutoring session in the Writing Skills Centre, you can:
The tutor 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 would be considered plagiarism which can result in severe consequences for your educational opportunities.Please see the document below for more information about the Writing Skills Centre`s policies.
To create a thriving, vibrant RDC writing community wherein students, staff, and instructors gather to discuss all aspects of academic writing.
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.
Writing Tutors are happy to help with APA, MLA, and Chicago style citations. However, Library staff are your main source for citation help! To connect with them virtually: start a live chat session, text, or phone us.
Knowing how to begin can be overwhelming. These links break it down:
Enter today's date and the date your assignment is due, and this website designs an assignment schedule for you! Complete with writing links and advice. From Royal Roads University.
A step-by-step guide from Royal Roads University to help you interpret and understand your assignments.
If creating a traditional essay outline doesn't work for you, the University of Kansas Writing Center details some different ways to help you plan your essay.
Concise handout from the U of A Centre for Writers with step-by-step advice on how to write and evaluate your thesis statements.
Thesis Statements: Myths and Facts
Still confused about thesis statements? The Writing Centre at Thompson Rivers University addresses some common issues.
Essay Structure: The Basics
Great advice from U of C Writing Support Services on a basic essay format, and formulas for your body paragraphs. One of our most-used handouts.
Using Topic Sentences
Topic sentences grab your reader's attention and help you transition from one idea to the next. The University of Toronto with advice on how to make them count.
Transition words help your reader see how your thoughts and ideas are connected. Are you using them when and where you should? The University of Ottawa Academic Writing Help Centre breaks it down in one of our most recommended handouts.
Is anxiety about writing keeping you from starting? From one of the best writing centres around, UNC at Chapel Hill offers advice on anxiety and writer's block to get you writing.
Dealing with Procrastination
Twelve tips to beat procrastination from Thompson Rivers University.
How to integrate research and sources into your writing:
Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing: What's the Difference?
Purdue OWL defines these essential skills that students need to master.
Simon Fraser University on when to quote and how to do it properly.
Purdue OWL with a step-by-step guide to paraphrasing, complete with examples.
Strategies for crafting good summaries, complete with a case study and examples. From Simon Fraser University.
Are you having trouble coming up with creative ways to integrate research and sources into your sentences? This concise link from the University of Ottawa Academic Writing Help Centre contains some great suggestions and variations.
Writing is only half the battle! Learn how to revise, edit, and proofread what you've written:
Revising Essays & Research Papers
Checklist with guided questions and suggestions for improving your draft. From U of C Writing Support Services.
Clear and concise list from the University of Ottawa Academic Writing Help Centre. Helpful checklist format with a great section on citations.
What's a reverse outline? Only one of the best ways to check your paper's organization! This highly-recommended technique is explained by the Writing Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Clear, concise writing communicates your message the best. Great tips from the U of A Centre for Writers on finding and eliminating unnecessary words in your writing.
The final step. Learn how to proofread and find the errors you may be missing. From the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The nuts and bolts of your writing:
Basic Sentence Structure
All the elements of a sentence, explained. Contains links to additional videos, tutorials, and webinars on sentences and grammar for those who want to learn more. From Walden University.
Explanation from Grammarly on how to identify and fix sentence fragments (AKA incomplete sentences).
Bethune College at York University with tips on how to fix run-on sentences.
Need to get that word count down? Bethune College at York University tells you how to eliminate wordiness in your writing.
Great article from Grammarly on "31 Words and Phrases You No Longer Need."
Help on getting your subjects and verbs to agree, from Bethune College at York University.
Move beyond the spell checker! Great tips from the University of Toronto.
Statement and guidelines from APA on using "they" as a singular noun for more inclusive language.
Indigenous Peoples Terminology Guidelines
Guidelines on inclusive language when writing about Indigenous Peoples and issues in Canada. From Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.
Oh, the comma! SUNY Empire State College explains this most misused and misunderstood punctuation mark.
Semi-Colons, Colons, and Dashes
Do you know when to use which one? The Writing Center at UNC at Chapel Hill explains it.
According to SUNY Empire State College, "hyphens are like trailer hitches." Find out why and which words need them!
Quotation Marks and Apostrophes
Are you quoting sources in your essay? This link from Purdue OWL is essential reading to get the punctuation right.
Parts of Speech: The Rules
The University of Ottawa explains the eight parts of speech -- verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections -- and how to put them together. Take the quiz at the end to test your knowledge.
Writing sites we love!
Purdue Online Writing Lab General Writing Resources
Perhaps the most-recommended writing and citing website around, for good reason.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing Center
Excellent resource with lots of links, including many videos for visual learners.
University of Ottawa HyperGrammar
Do a deep dive on all things grammar, and test your knowledge and learning with quizzes after each topic.
University of Toronto Advice on Academic Writing
Canada's largest university offers advice on the writing process, from start to finish.
You don't have to subscribe to Grammarly to benefit from their knowledge. This searchable blog contains lots of good information on the nuts and bolts of grammar and writing.
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