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FAQs

Where are you located?
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Our pre-booked appointments and Drop-in appointments are all held in the Beryl Ivey Library. Look for our table with a “Reserved for the Writing Centre” sign. Usually, our table is one that is close to the service desk area. The Writing Coordinator’s office is Room 120 in the MSJ building.
How do I secure a Drop-in appointment?
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Every morning of operation, a sign-up sheet is posted at the service desk at the Beryl Ivey Library at 9 a.m. Sign your name beside one (25 min) or two (50 min) time slots to secure your appointment. Drop-in spots are based on a daily first-come, first-serve basis.
How many appointments can I book in advance?
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You may book one appointment (25 min or 50 min) at a time (online and/or drop-in) and twice per assignment. This is to ensure fairness and accessibility. 
Do I need to have my entire paper finished before my appointment?
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No, we can help at any stage of the process! We can talk about writing in general (for example, what is the expected structure of a university essay? Does a book review need a “thesis”?), help you brainstorm ideas (let’s talk about the clearest way to structure your ideas/argument) or look at a completed draft (from a rough draft to a polished piece of work).
Do I need to print out my entire draft?
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Although reading from a hard copy is preferable, we can assist you by reviewing your work on a laptop.
Can I receive help with grammar?
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Absolutely! We will not edit or “correct” your grammar, but we are happy to discuss issues if and when they arise in your writing. We can highlight areas, for example, where a semi-colon is used incorrectly, and discuss how and when a semi-colon is used correctly. For more information visit our resources page. There are many links to sites that provide excellent material on specific structural and/or grammar issues.
Is it best to book an appointment with a tutor in my field of study?
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All of our tutors are passionate and capable in helping you with your writing, so please choose a tutor based on availability. Our focus is on clarity in writing. We are not “content experts.” We are happy to assist with clarity in writing, but we ask that you consult your professor(s)/TAs regarding any content specific questions. 
Do you only help with essays?
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We help with any form of writing including resumes, cover letters, presentations and beyond! You can also book an appointment to practise speaking in French with a tutor (please book with a tutor who has “French” beside their name/availability). What we will not assist with, is any form of take-home test or exam. 
I am applying for a scholarship/graduate school, is there a specific tutor who has experience with this process and can assist me?
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The Writing Coordinator, Dr. Magdalena Kubow, would be more than happy to help you. Please email Dr. Kubow to book an appointment.
Who do I consult if I have a question that has not been addressed here?
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Please email the Writing Coordinator, Dr. Magdalena Kubow

She is always more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the Writing Centre!