The Writing Centre offers individual instruction in all aspects of writing. Normally a student is permitted one 50-minute session per week in which he or she works together with an instructor on course assignments. The goal of the instruction is to improve the student’s ability to write effectively in a range of academic situations. Some students meet with an instructor regularly through the year; other students find one or two sessions sufficient to meet their goals. It is not necessary to prepare a draft before making an appointment; rather, it is common that students come to their first appointment with only the instructions for the assignments they wish to complete. Students often seek assistance with interpreting assignments, organizing research notes, getting started at writing, learning proper documentation styles, and learning to edit their own work.
The ESL Open Learning Centre (OLC) offers English language support and strategies for York undergraduate AND graduate students in a range of areas that can include academic reading and writing along with listening/speaking and pronunciation. Students can choose up to two 50-minute one-to-one appointments with a writing instructor, and two 50-minute language facilitation sessions with our applied linguists.
It is important to understand that these centres are not a proofreading or editing service. We help students develop effective strategies for addressing the problems that typically arise for them in the writing process or when using English as a second/additional language in academic contexts.
Because our instructors are in high demand, you must cancel appointments at least 3 hours in advance so that your appointment can be made available to another student. Three "Late Cancellation" and or "No Show" in a single term will result in loss of privileges for the term in both centres.