Academic Writing Centre

The Academic Writing Centre, Room 214 in the new wing of the College, offers one-on-one help with all aspects of academic writing. You can come in at any stage of the writing process, from the starting point to the final draft, and you can bring the same paper in for several appointments if necessary.  In a 45-minute session an experienced instructor will read your work-in-progress and help you understand the topic, develop an effective thesis, organize a strong argument, document your sources correctly, and improve your grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation.

We will also work with you on time management, lecture-listening and note-taking, studying and test-taking strategies, or any other academic skills that you want to improve.  The portable documents on this page are examples of the many self-help handouts we offer; you’ll find many more on the main U of T Writing site.

The Academic Writing Centre opens for Fall 2016 during the week of September 19th.  You'll be able to book appointments in advance beginning Thursday, September 8th.

Click here to login with your UTORid and book an appointment, either Face-to-Face or Online.

NEW FEATURE: The Daily Call-Up List!

If you can’t get an appointment at a time that works for you, put your name and cellphone number on the Daily Call-Up List and we’ll phone you if one becomes available.  This is strictly for making last-minute arrangements: you should put yourself on the Call-Up List ONLY if you’re going to be on campus and free to drop whatever you’re doing and come to the Centre if we call you.  When you put yourself on the List, you must specify the time period(s) when you’ll be available.  The List is open daily, but it can’t be used in advance: it’s always for today only.  You'll see the link for it as soon as you select the type of appointment you want after logging in.  Check it out!

ONLINE APPOINTMENTS: Upload your paper--or even just some questions or rough notes--and at the appointed time one of our instructors will add comments and suggestions, then put it back on the system for you to download.  After initially booking your online appointment, you can log in again closer to the appointment time to upload the most current version of your draft.  PLEASE NOTE: Occasionally we run into technical problems uploading commented-on documents.  If your paper doesn’t show up on the system for you to download after your appointment time, our instructors will try to email it to you, so check your inbox.

DROP-IN APPOINTMENTS: these are possible whenever the Centre is open for Face-to-Face appointments.  Most drop-ins happen when another student misses an appointment or cancels at the last minute, so we can't guarantee their availability, but if you can wait for a while (bring some reading!), we'll try to fit you in.  

Portable Documents

  • Understanding Essay Topics [pdf]
  • Standard Documentation Formats [pdf]