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The Founding College of the University of Toronto

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 one-on-one and group sessions will provide valuable guidance on meeting the expectations of university writing. All incoming UC students are welcome to participate.

This summer, all Getting Started Early sessions will occur online. You may sign up for or access any of our offerings directly on this page. Details below.

You may also access any of our offerings by visiting the Quercus course UC 101.

Mid-July to mid-August: One-on-one writing consultation

Book a one-on-one appointment with one of our skilled writing instructors to go over a previous piece of writing, e.g., a high-school essay. Use the 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.

In the summer of 2021, all one-on-one sessions happen remotely. See instructions on the schedule when you book.

Appointments are available from now to August 16. Book an appointment anytime.

Book a one-on-one appointment at the Writing Centre

After you log in, just navigate to a suitable appointment date. You may ask for help on one or more high school papers. You may book one appointment any time during the summer.

  • Book an appointment any time.
  • 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 appointment 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 centre starting in the fall, visit our home page.

Mid-August: Group workshops on writing

These workshops teach essential study skills for university essay writing. There are two workshops each morning on Aug. 17, 18 and 19. Workshops will be offered online via the Bb Collaborate platform. Choose to attend whichever topics you like. To join a workshop, click on the link just before the starting time.

  • Understanding the Assignment, August 17, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Make sense of your assignment instructions and get a head start.
  • Thesis Statements, August 17, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Unify your paper around a coherent, forceful argument.
  • Research Strategies, August 18, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Situate your paper as part of a scholarly debate by finding the most relevant sources.
  • Using Sources, August 18, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Integrate the work of others into your own writing using paraphrase, summary, and quotation.
  • Revising an Essay, August 19, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Hone your editing skills to produce a clear and polished paper.
  • Writing In the Sciences, August 19, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Learn the conventions of the lab report and other scientific genres.

 You may also join a workshop by going to Bb Collaborate at the UC 101 Quercus course.

  • Open to all incoming UC students.
  • 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.

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

Other sources of help

If your first language isn't English, consider enrolling in one of the English Language Learning Mini-Courses offers in August. Students entering university are given priority in registration.

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