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

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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 so that we may assist you! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, appointments will take place synchronously online in a BlueJeans meeting room until further notice.

Students must book these appointments and send the marked version of an individual essay as a Word file at least three business days in advance to give staff sufficient time to prepare feedback. Requests with insufficient lead time will result in the appointment being cancelled.

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**Please note: If you do not require additional feedback on an individual marked essay but you would like to discuss questions about writing skills identified in feedback from your instructor, please schedule a 30-minute appointment with the Writing Centre. That conversation will focus on answering your questions so you have new information with which to improve your writing in your next work. Scheduling a 30-minute appointment doesn't require any lead time, and please visit Move Forward With an Unmarked Individual Assignment (30-Minute Appointment) for more information on what to explect from that appointment.

What to expect from a 60-minute appointment:

These appointments have two stages:

Stage 1: Written feedback

We provide detailed feedback on one graded, individual essay, 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/phone)

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.

Bookings and cancellations

  • Students must book 60-minute appointments and send the marked version of their document as a Word file at least three business days in advance. Requests with insufficient lead time will result in the appointment being cancelled.
  • 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 student 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!