Getting Started Early

The following free sessions are designed to help ease your transition to U of T and to introduce you to the UC Writing Centre. Both the group and one-on-one sessions will provide valuable guidance on meeting the expectations of university writing. All incoming UC students are welcome to attend.

These sessions are sponsored by the UC Writing Centre and the Registrar's Office.

Mid-August: Group workshops on writing

These workshops teach essential study skills for university essay writing. There are two workshops per day offered over three days: August 15, 16, and 17. Each workshop will be presented twice: once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Choose to go to whichever topics you like, and sign up for whichever times work best for you.

Click on the topics below to register.

Tuesday, August 15
Understanding the Assignment
10:00-11:00 am or 1:30-2:30 pm
Thesis Statements
11:15 am-12:15 pm or 2:45-3:45 pm
Wednesday, August 16
Research Strategies
10:00-11:00 am or 1:30-2:30 pm
Using Sources
11:15 am-12:15 pm or 2:45-3:45 pm
Thursday, August 17
Revising an Essay
10:00-11:00 am or 1:30-2:30 pm
Writing in the Sciences
11:15 am-12:15 pm or 2:45-3:45 pm
  • Register for as many workshops as you like.
  • Open to all incoming UC students.
  • You can view your sessions or cancel online. You may rebook another session after you cancel.
  • The college writing centres also offer a full lineup of skills sessions, titled Writing Plus, in the fall. Check this web page for details. Students who are unable to attend Getting Started Early can attend similar sessions early in the fall.
  • Location: UC 175 (UC main building, south wing).

June to early August: One-on-one writing consultation

This is your first chance to have an individual 50-minute appointment with a skilled writing instructor to go over a previous piece of writing, e.g., a high-school essay. Use this session as a diagnostic tool to see how your current expectations, practices and skills match up with the expectations and skills required in university courses. Then explore strategies to help you develop your skills as a writer for the coming year and beyond.

  • Location: UC Rms. 214, 216, 218 (Laidlaw Library, north wing).
  • Book an appointment any time.
  • You will need to get a UTORid before you can use the online booking system. (See online info.)
  • Book an appointment here.
  • Open to all incoming UC students.
  • Please cancel your appointment at least 24 hours ahead of time, if you decide to give it up. To cancel, use the online booking system.
  • Students who cannot book a one-on-one appointments in August may book an appointment at the UC Writing Centre at the start of fall term. To find out more about how to use the Writing Centre starting in the fall, visit our home page.

Other sources of help

If your first language isn't English, consider enrolling in ELL010H1 (Intensive Academic English), a non-credit summer course that will show you how to enhance the high-level language skills you'll need in the coming academic year. The course occurs the week after the Getting Started Early program ends. Students entering university are given priority in registration.

For more information on the English Language Learning program, visit the ELL website.