Thank you very much for looking over my paper. . . I really appreciate the comments, and I will be sure to continue using the online Writing Help service. I am so pleased that this option is available. Keep up the fantastic work."
- comment from student user, Tricia Ashbee
Thank you very much for taking the time to critique my essay. It was really helpful. I think that this is a great service that the University is providing. I wish I had used it earlier. Thanks again for your help."
- comment from student user, Paul Duong
What is Online Writing Help?
Online Writing Help is an email-based tutoring system FREE to any student registered at the U of S, graduate or undergraduate.
How long will it take for a reply?
You will receive your tutor's comments within 24-48 hours of your submission, but you may have to wait longer during holidays, weekends, and at the end of term. If you need a quicker response, please visit us for drop-in tutoring (hours) on the first floor of the Main Library (Murray 142). If you have immediate writing questions, peruse our site for helpful links and video clips.
What happens when I submit my work for online Writing Help?
Just as with in-person tutoring, online tutoring assigns your written submission and/or questions to a tutor who helps by answering your specific questions, or by offering you some constructive advice on how to improve your work. Tutors at Writing Help can help you
- clarify your goals ("What am I trying to say?")
- improve your organization and writing style ("How can I say this more effectively?")
- learn how to outline, draft, and revise your work
- practice the conventions of writing in your discipline
- understand the rules of grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation.
What are the restrictions on this service?
You must be a current undergraduate or graduate student at the U of S. Writing Help complements but does not replace writing instruction in your courses. Tutors do not edit, proofread, or ghost-write essays. You may use online or drop-in Writing Help up to twice for any given assignment. Tutors will not discuss the details of consultations (drop-in or online) with your instructors nor will they evaluate your instructor's comments or grades on a marked assignment. Finally, Writing Help does not provide instruction in English as a Second Language. Please contact the Language Centre at 966-4351.
How do I submit an assignment or question to online Writing Help?
Once you have your assignment draft and/or questions ready to submit to a tutor, simply fill out our online submission form.
Planning and Deadlines
- U of S Research Paper Planner: get multiple task deadlines for one paper, and receive links to resources and helpful tips to guide you through the steps of the research and writing process.
- Dissertation Planner
Writing and Study Skills
- Writing a term paper: For general essay-writing advice, visit this page. You can also check to see whether we're offering a workshop, or visit a tutor in Murray 142.
- Study Skills: Visit this page for information and resources about how to improve your study skills.
- Detailed information about writing research papers - Dartmouth College.
- The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) pages include clear information on how to write in professional, technical, scientific, ESL, job search, general academic, research, engineering, creative, social sciences, teaching, and tutoring contexts.
- Writing for Academic Success: A non-credit, basic writing skills course (including grammar instruction).
Student Employment and Career Centre: Help with résumés, cover letters, and job applications.
- For useful tips, stimulating discussion, interesting articles, and workshop notifications, join the U of S Writing Help Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.
Is English not your first language?
Would you like to work on your written and/or spoken English? There are often programs offered through ISSAC, but also check with the Language Centre for non-credit course options. Finally, the SLS has some information for new ESL students.
Writing philosophy papers?
You can also try these pages for more information about writing in philosophy:
- Guidelines on Writing a Philosophy Paper
- Philosophical Terms and Methods
- Vocabulary Describing Arguments
Need a Professional Editor?
Contact the Writing Help Coordinator for a list of editors for hire (not SLS employees, and not affiliated with the SLS): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chicago Manual of Style Online (Library Subscription; log in with NSID/password)
- MLA Formatting and Style Guide (Owl at Purdue University)
- APA Formatting and Style Guide (Owl)
- U of S Library's pages for citing sources (APA, MLA, Chicago Style, and others)
- U of S Department of English Requirements for Essays
- U of S Academic Honesty pages
- U of S Academic Integrity Awareness Week: workshops, campus academic honesty links
Grammar and Style
- Interactive and Printable Grammar Exercises - OWL at Purdue University
- Hypergrammar Online Grammar Tutorial - University of Ottawa
- Writing a dissertation - University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
- "How to Get an 'A' on an English Paper" - Jack Lynch (Rutgers)
- Grammar Podcast - Grammar Girl
Links for Faculty Teaching Writing
- Writing Resources for Faculty and TAs
- How and Why to Teach Students through Writing (scroll to v.10.2 near bottom of the page). Includes easy methods for including writing in large classes.
- Trying Titles First PDF: Article about effective, innovative approach to teaching writing. John Thompson, Department of Sociology, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.
- Writing a "Live" Essay in Class PDF: Article about showing students how you write. John Thompson, Department of Sociology, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.
View these short, searchable video segments featuring U of S professors from various disciplines. The professors share their thoughts and advice on a range of writing topics.
View these video segments featuring Peter Stoicheff, Dean of Arts and Science. Log in with your U of S NSID. Professor Stoicheff discusses grammar, punctuation, and essay-writing in these categorized videos.