FAQ

1. How do I book an appointment?

Visit stu.mywconline.com and create a profile using your STU email address.

 

2. How many appointments can I book per week?

Students can book up to two 50-minute appointments per week, one per day (availability permitting).

 

3. How do I cancel or re-schedule an appointment?

Simply log onto stu.mywconline.com to manage your appointments. Please give 24 hours’ notice when cancelling appointments.

 

4. What do I bring to an appointment?

When you come to your appointment, make sure to bring

  • 2 printed copies of your assignment OR 1 printed copy (for us) and your laptop (for you)
  • your assignment guidelines
  • any questions you have about your assignment, or about writing in general

5. What happens during an appointment?

During your appointment, you will meet with a tutor one-on-one to discuss your assignment. Tutors do not correct your paper for you: instead, they read through a copy of your assignment, point out potential problems, and make suggestions on how you might solve those problems. You—the author—decide which changes to make.

6. What CAN’T a tutor do in an appointment?

We understand that it is important for your writing to reflect your own voice, abilities, and knowledge. For this reason, writing tutors are trained to edit and educate, rather than simply rewrite your work. Tutors are given clear guidelines regarding how to engage with you and the level of editorial intervention that is appropriate.

Unacceptable tutoring activities include, but are not limited to:

  • influencing the ideas or opinions expressed in your assignment
  • supplying alternate phrasing
  • making direct changes to your print or electronic document
  • allowing you to copy comments/corrections from a tutor’s own sheet. 

If a passage in a your draft is unclear, the tutor will review that section with the you, ask you open-ended questions about your intended meaning, and have the you supply alternative wording. If there is an error or inconsistency, the tutor will point it out, explain why it is incorrect or inconsistent, and discuss ways to resolve it with you. In all cases, YOU decide which changes to adopt, and how to implement those changes in your own draft.

7. I haven’t started my assignment yet. Can I still come for help? 

Absolutely! In fact, this is often the best time to come to the Writing Centre. We can help you go over your assignment guidelines, and get started in the right direction. Sometimes you just need a little motivation to get a project going. Let us help you!

8. There are no appointments available. Help!

We have a waitlist feature! Click on the ‘Waiting List” text that bottom of any calendar day, and you can either add yourself to the waitlist for that whole day, or for specific times on that day. If a cancellation occurs, all students on the waitlist are notified that an appointment has become available. The first student to visit the calendar and book the appointment will receive it.