I just had my very first one-on-one appointment with an instructor at the Writing Centre on March 27, 2014. I had registered online. Upon my arrival, I was asked to wait for my instructor in the waiting area. There is no
requirement to bring a draft to the appointment. But, I went to the appointment with my essay daft I had composed. I knew in particular what I needed assistance with. I wanted guidance with my writing style, feedback on whether my essay was easy to follow for the reader, and on the concept of cumulating a strong thesis.
I presented my essay to the instructor, and she gave me clear and constructive feedback on how I can improve my work. Along with one common grammatical error that appeared throughout the essay. She did a few writing exercises with me that would help me generate a strong thesis, and produce a coherent essay. I am now going to be a regular student at the Writing Centre. My instructor was very friendly, approachable, answered any questions I had along with suggestions. I hope to be working with her throughout my academic career. I think if you find an instructor you are comfortable with, it is better to work with them with as they are familiar with your history, writing habits, and this way the appointments are more consistent.
I left the appointment with a page full of suggestions I can use in my next essays. My instructor also offered some great books that I will be reading once exams are over to improve my writing because I will be an upper year student in the fall. And, I hope to embark on a journey to Graduate School upon completing my undergraduate degree.
Here are my top ten reasons for visiting the Writing Centre, and why you should visit the Writing Centre, too:
- An early start on assignments with a clear focus and an outline plan will minimize stress and anxiety
- Improve you academic writing
- Get feedback on assignments
- Sharpen your editing skills
- Learn to review drafts more effectively
- Learn to write precisely, effectively, and coherently
- Address specific writing problems
- Become a confident writer
- One-on-one private discussion with an instructor that is tailored to each student’s individual needs
- Welcoming environment
If you did not get a chance to visit the Writing Centre this year, then make sure you check it out. You will be surprised by what you can learn about your writing style. Writing Centre is open during the summer term, too. If you are a new student that will be starting this summer and are anxious about academic writing then be sure to invest some time with the Writing Centre. Students can work with an instructor once a week for 50 minutes throughout their academic career or till they deem necessary. The Writing Centre is also open on Saturdays 9-5. The web page also provide with 10 tips for better essays. I look forward to attending the group workshops offered at the Writing Centre that range from “How to Develop a Thesis”, “Effective Editing” and many others.
If you are looking to improve your writing and guidance with your writing definitely checkout the Writing Centre. Have you been to the Writing Centre? What was your experience like? Comment below to let me know.