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One-on-One Appointments at the UC Writing Centre

One-on-one instruction offers the best way for you to become a stronger writer. Our highly trained instructors work with you in 50-minute appointments on course assignments at any stage and in any subject. We help you develop your capacity to plan, organize, write, and revise your academic papers.

Book, Cancel or View Appointments

After you log in, select Face-to-Face to manage your one-on-one appointments.

How We Help You

  • We ask about your assignment and discuss your plans, helping you to understand your topic and clarify your ideas. We can help you to build an outline.
  • We ask you questions. 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 or to go over one section in detail.
  • 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 and provide you with handouts.

How You Can Help Us Help You

  • Be sure to bring in your assignment sheet.
  • Don't cancel your appointment just because you haven't finished a draft. Remember, we can work with you at any stage.
  • If you must cancel, please do so as soon as you can to give others a chance to book an appointment.
  • If you bring a draft to your appointment, leave some time to revise before you come in, so that we can focus on those issues you can’t easily spot yourself.
  • 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.

Who Can See Us and When

  • All students registered at UC may use the UC Writing Centre.
  • If you’re taking a college program course, you can bring in work in that course.
  • You may book up to 8 appointments per term.
  • We ask that you book only three appointments at a time out of fairness to all students.
  • You can visit the UC Writing Centre up to twice a week in the summer. 
  • UC students may book up to two appointments a year for help on an application letter, admissions statement or grant proposal.

The Waiting List

  • If you can’t get an appointment because we’re solidly booked, don’t give up. Many students get their appointments through the waiting list.
  • You may place yourself on the waiting list for as many days as you wish.
  • You may request a specific time range or instructor.
  • 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. Be persistent. If you aren’t lucky the first time, you may be the second or third.

Drop-in Appointments

  • If you are working in the UC Library, you may drop by to see if an instructor is free. Note that students keep their appointment until 25 minutes after the hour, so we may not be able to see you before then. Please don’t interrupt a session in progress.
  • We will also try to call you if you are on the waiting list and an appointment has become available. Please make sure you provided your mobile phone number when you registered online. If you forgot, you can add it any time.
  • Bring specific questions, and think ahead of time about what most needs attention.

Phone Appointments for Commuter Students

  • If you have a booking but can’t make the trip to UC, you can still consult with us by phone.
  • 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; and UC 218: 416-946-3836.
  • If you have a draft to show us, we will provide directions for sending the document when you phone.
  • 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.

A Few Important Policies

  • People who miss two appointments in the fall-winter or summer session may lose their access. 
  • Please bring your student card to each appointment.
  • You may book an appointment only for yourself. If you can’t attend your appointment, please don’t offer it to another student. 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.