One-on-One

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Appointments: Our highly trained instructors will consult with you individually on course assignments at any stage and in any subject. Individual consultations are fifty minutes long, starting at ten minutes after the hour. To ensure that you get a spot, you should try to book several weeks in advance. If nothing is available, you may place yourself on our waiting list or try to see us as a drop-in. If you have an appointment and need to cancel or rebook, please cancel at least one day in advance so someone else can have the spot. Here are our policies:

  • You may reserve up to three appointments at any one time and come as often as once a week in fall and spring term (twice a week in the summer).
  • People who skip appointments or repeatedly cancel without providing 24-hour notice may lose their access.
  • Please bring your student card to each appointment.
  • You may book an appointment only for yourself. If you cannot attend your appointment, please do not offer it to another student. Instead, cancel the appointment online so that it is available to students on the wait list. We will see only the student who has booked the appointment. If you come in with another student's work, the appointment will be counted as missed.
  • Students who are more than 15 minutes late may lose their reservation to drop-ins.
  • If you come in with a draft, be sure to bring a hard-copy. We will not review work on a laptop computer.
  • UC students may book up to two appointments per year for help on an application letter, admissions statement, or grant proposal.

What We Do. We work with you to help you develop your capacity to plan, organize, write, and revise academic papers. That means we'll go over your written work intensively, at whatever stage you want to consult us. But it is ultimately your responsibility to generate ideas and to get those ideas on paper. Here are some of the ways we can help you:

  • We ask about your assignment and discuss your plans with you, helping you understand your topic and clarify your ideas.
  • We ask questions about your draft, because if you can articulate your ideas in speech, you'll more easily discover the right words to put on paper.
  • We read your writing intensively. You can ask us to scan the whole paper to see if it's coherent, or we can go over one section in detail, focussing on style or argument.
  • We demonstrate and teach skills in revising and proofreading, but we don't go through your paper and fix the language errors for you.
  • We point you to published material about writing. We also provide you with our own handouts, which answer common questions. You'll find some of our more popular handouts in the racks outside Room 214. You can also see them online on the Web site Writing at the University of Toronto.
  • We can refer you to other sources of help, including librarians, academic or personal counsellors, and courses on writing.

What You Can Do to Help Us Help You: A little forethought can help us work together efficiently. Here are some pointers:

  • Be sure to bring in your assignment sheet to help define your aims for the paper.
  • Don't cancel your appointment just because you haven't finished the draft you were going to show us. Remember, we can work with you at any stage.
  • If possible, don't come in just before the paper is due. Leave time to do lots of revisions. 
  • Remember to bring in any drafts in the form of double-spaced hard copies. If you forget to bring a hard copy, you can print your essay on a UC Library computer using your TCard or cash.
  • Remember to bring in any drafts in the form of double-spaced hard copies. If you forget to bring a hard copy, you can print your essay on a UC Library computer using your TCard or cash.

Waiting lists: You may place yourself on the waiting list for as many days as you wish. Here’s how:

  • Log in to the booking system, and then use the calendar feature to navigate to a specific day.
  • You’ll be notified by email if an appointment becomes free. Follow the link to the schedule.
  • Everyone on the waiting list will be sent a notice at the same time; openings will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Once the appointment is filled, it will no longer appear on the schedule. Be persistent. Students do often end up getting appointments using the waiting list.

Drop-ins: You may also see us on a drop-in basis if a student hasn’t shown up for a scheduled appointment. Here's our policy on drop-ins:

  • The best way to see us as a drop-in is to place yourself on our daily Call List. We’ll phone you as soon an instructor becomes available—after a student doesn’t show or as soon as we see that a student has cancelled. Place yourself on the list is easy. After you log in to the booking system and select the appointment type, you will see a link on the Welcome page to place yourself on the Call List.
  • You may add your name to the Call List starting at midnight.
  • You may also drop in if you're studying in the Library. Schedules are posted on the doors. Please do not interrupt a session in progress. Note that students keep their appointment until 25 minutes after the hour, so we may not be able to see you before then.
  • Please bring specific questions, and think ahead of time about what most needs attention.
  • If you have already had an appointment during the week, we may limit your drop-in time.

Appoinments by Phone: For commuter students who are not able to make it into UC for their appointments, the UC Writing Centre now offers the option of phone appointments:

  • Book a phone appointment just as you would any other. Instead of coming in, phone us at 10 past the hour. Check the room number of the appointment. The phone numbers for the Writing Centre are as follows: UC 214: 416-978-8113; UC 216: 416-978-1212; UC 218: 416-946-3836.
  • If you have a draft to show us, you may email it just prior to phoning. Send it to uc.writing@utoronto.ca
  • We will not send you back a corrected copy of your paper. It will be your responsibility to note any suggested changes.
  • The most effective form of one-on-one instruction remains the face-to-face meeting, so please do come to the St. George campus for your appointment whenever possible!