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Learn how to improve overall as a writer by discussing a graded work (60-minute appointment)

Book an Appointment

As scholar-practitioners, RRU students develop their writing skills to be effective communicators in both their academic work and their careers. If you would like to learn more about yourself as an author and improve your writing skills, please book a 60 minute appointment to meet with us (face-to-face, by phone, or online) so that we may assist you! These appointments have two stages:

Stage 1: Written feedback

We provide detailed feedback on one graded, individual assignment, and we use the graded version of the work that includes the instructor’s comments so we can address aspects of writing identified by the instructor in our feedback and conversation. Using a graded essay also allows us to confirm the assignment has been marked and will not be resubmitted for further grading, either as a rewrite or as part of an iterative process, to ensure we are not inadvertently providing a detailed edit on the document.

In our written feedback, we provide specific, constructive comments and suggestions regarding all aspects of writing e.g., organization, structure of arguments and paragraphs, incorporation of research data, style, grammar, punctuation, and APA Style formatting. We return the document to the student with our feedback and any recommended materials the day before the appointment to give the student time to view all the materials and prepare questions.

Stage 2: Meeting (face-to-face/online)

During the meeting, we'll have a maximum of 50 minutes to discuss the positive and challenging patterns in the work, offer specific suggestions that incorporate the student’s preferred approaches to thinking and writing, and answer any questions. The goal of these conversations is to give students practical, helpful information and tools that will assist them to be confident about writing for a variety of audiences.

Students must book these appointments and send the graded version of their document as a Word file at least three business days in advance to give staff sufficient time to prepare feedback.

Bookings and cancellations

  • Scheduled appointments are limited to one appointment per day and two appointments per week; appointments may occur face-to-face, by phone, or online.
  • Students may only book appointments for themselves.
  • Appointments will be cancelled if students are more than 10 minutes late.
  • Students are encouraged to cancel appointments as soon as possible, and ideally 24 hours before their appointment, to allow other students to book appointments.
  • Repeated failures to cancel appointments and/or repeated failures to appear for scheduled appointments may result in a students being restricted to drop-in meetings.

If you have any questions about this type of appointment, please use the WriteAnswers contact form to contact the Writing Centre.

We're looking forward to working with you!

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