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Writing Skills Centre

Free writing tutoring for RDC students.

Appointments

 

Writing tutoring is offered:

  • in-person at Red Deer Polytechnic Library

  • online

  • by email


1. In-person tutoring appointment

Click "Schedule Appointment" below. You'll have an option to upload your writing assignment within the appointment booking screen.

In-person appointments are in the NEW Tutoring Centre which is located on the second floor of the Library, west side (room 2006F).

If none of the available times work for you, alternate arrangements may be possible. Please email jennifer.stange@rdpolytech.ca to discuss.

If you haven't already uploaded your writing assignment, please bring it in electronic format; paper essays will not be allowed.

Face coverings (masks) are mandatory.


2. Online tutoring appointment via Microsoft Teams (videoconference)

Click "Schedule Appointment" below. You'll have an option to upload your writing assignment within the appointment booking screen.

You will receive a link in your confirmation email to join the online Teams meeting at the pre-arranged time.

If none of the available times work for you, alternate arrangements may be possible. Please email jennifer.stange@rdpolytech.ca to discuss.


3. Email tutoring

We also offer writing help via email. Send an email to writingskills@rdpolytech.ca and include:

  • your full name, RDP student number, and program of study
  • assignment details from your course outline, including due date
  • an attachment of your essay or rough draft
  • your top 2-3 writing concerns or questions
  • how you heard about the Writing Skills Centre

Email submissions will be claimed on a first-come, first-served basis. Once your submission has been claimed by a Writing Tutor, you will receive a response with the expected turn-around time. On the promised date, the Writing Tutor will email your essay back to you, along with comments and suggestions.


Writing Skills Centre Policies: 

  • 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 your appointment confirmation email.
  • Failure to attend an appointment without notice will be recorded as a "no show." After two no shows, it will be at the discretion of the Academic Writing Tutor whether to allow further appointments for the remainder of the semester.
  • View the rest of the Writing Skills Centre Policies

Writing Skills Centre Vision

To create a thriving, vibrant Red Deer Polytechnic writing community where students, staff, and instructors gather to discuss all aspects of academic writing.

Writing Skills Centre Mission

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


All Red Deer Polytechnic students are welcome in the Writing Skills Centre. The Writing Skills Centre can help you with:

  • Research and planning
  • Essay organization and structure
  • 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 help you develop the writing skills you need in both academic and professional settings. While we cannot proofread your paper for you, we can teach you how to proofread and edit your own work, skills that will stay with you for life.

Tutors are not permitted to discuss take home exams, resumes, or questions related to course content.

During your appointment, you can:

  • Share 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.
  • Share 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.
  • Share 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.
  • Share your nearly finished paper. The tutor can give you some techniques for editing and proofreading. Please remember that the tutor cannot proofread your paper for you.

What to bring to your appointment:

  • Your writing in electronic format
  • Pertinent assignment details

Students are allowed to book one appointment per day and up to two per week.

Please cancel any appointments or email submissions you no longer need by using the cancellation link in your appointment confirmation email, or by emailing jennifer.stange@rdc.ab.ca.

Failure to attend an appointment without notice will be recorded as a "no show." After two no shows, it will be at the discretion of the Academic Writing Tutor whether to allow further appointments for the remainder of the semester.

Arrive on time for your appointment. Students who are more than 15 minutes late may find their session has been given to another student. 

The tutor will offer you guidance so you can work more effectively, but cannot go beyond that. If the tutor does more than that, or if the assignment you hand in contains the tutor’s work rather than your own, you may be accused of academic dishonesty or plagiarism, which can result in severe consequences for your educational opportunities. Find out more about academic integrity at RDC.

Tutors and students are expected to interact with one another in a polite and respectful manner. Rude, disrespectful or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. 
 

Looking for help with your references?

Writing Tutors are happy to help with APA, MLA, and Chicago style citations. However, Red Deer Polytechnic Library staff are the main source for citation help! Connect with them in-person or online.

Tutoring at Red Deer Polytechnic

Red Deer Polytechnic offers several tutoring services for RDP students:

Academic Upgrading Tutoring
Free tutoring in any Academic Upgrading class; for Academic Upgrading students only.

ESL Tutoring
Free individual tutoring for English-language learners enrolled in any Red Deer Polytechnic class or program.

Learning Skills & Strategies
Appointments or workshops provide tips and resources to help you become a more effective learner. Free.

Math Learning Centre
Free math help for students enrolled in any Red Deer Polytechnic class.

Peer Tutoring Program
Fee-based course-specific tutoring, offered at your convenience.

Writing Skills Centre
Free writing help for students enrolled in any Red Deer Polytechnic class or program.