Want to improve your academic writing skills? Come see us at the Writing Skills Centre! We can help with:
We offer both booked appointments and drop-in hours every week.
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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:
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 link 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.
Looking for help with your references?
Writing Tutors are happy to help with APA, MLA, and Chicago style citations. However, don't forget that Library staff are your main source for citation help! If you're on campus, just drop by the Library Desk. If you're off campus, start a live chat session, text, or phone us.
Knowing how to begin can be overwhelming. These links break it down:
A step-by-step guide from Royal Roads University to help you interpret and understand your assignments.
The University of Kansas Writing Center details some different techniques to 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.
Anxiety about writing keeps many students 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.
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.
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 other research 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.
Transition words are critical to your writing. 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.
Clear, concise writing communicates your message the best. Great tips from the U of A Centre for Writers on how to find and eliminate 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.
Quotation Marks and Apostrophes
Using quotes in your essay? Of course you are! 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 advice. Lots of good information here on the nuts and bolts of grammar and writing.
Refer a Student:
If you feel a student would benefit from the help of the Writing Tutor, direct them to visit the Writing Skills Centre on drop-in or book an appointment.
Academic Writing Tutor: Jennifer Stange
Office: 1006Q (in the Library)
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