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Study Help and Tutoring

Welcome to the Writing Skills Centre!

If you want to improve your academic writing skills, the Writing Skills Centre can help! Meetings with a writing skills tutor are one-on-one and free. 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
 
*Please note that the Writing Skills Centre does not provide proofreading or editing; we cannot “fix” your paper for you, but will provide you with the knowledge and ability to write your best essay!

The Writing Skills Centre will re-open in September. 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, a skill 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 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


Vision

To create a thriving, vibrant RDC writing community wherein students, staff, and instructors 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 happy to help you with APA, MLA, and/or Chicago style citation. Do not forget, however, that the library staff can also help with citation 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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Faculty: Request a Presentation

The academic writing tutor offers presentations or workshops to classes to promote academic writing skills.

If you are interested in discussing a presentation for your class, please contact the academic writing tutor.  

Two weeks notice may be required to schedule an in-class presentation. Availability is dependent on the academic writing tutor's hours.

Contact the Academic Support Coordinator:

Amy Becker
Amy.Becker@rdc.ab.ca
Office: 1006 K (in the Library)
403.342.3264

Faculty: Refer a Student

If you feel a student would benefit from the help of the Writing Tutor, direct the student to visit the Writing Skills Centre or book an appointment.  
 
The Writing Tutor can help with:
  • Grammar
  • Syntax
  • Punctuation
  • Transitions
  • Revising, editing, and proofreading
  • Integrating your research into your writing
  • Structure and organization
  • Argument construction and thesis statements