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.

Appointments through to the week after Thanksgiving are now available: click here to login and book one.  The rest of our Fall schedule of both face-to-face and online appointments will be available soon!

Drop-in appointments are possible whenever the Centre is open.  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

Quick Facts

  • You can have only one booked appointment per week, including online appointments. However, you can have additional appointments if they are drop-ins.
  • Our instructors will help you with graduate/professional school application letters and statements, but there is a limit of two appointments for this kind of work.
  • Thanks to a recent upgrade of our system, it's now possible to book an online appointment far in advance, and then upload an up-to-date version of your draft just before the appointment time.
  • Missing an appointment or cancelling one with less than 24 hours notice results in a penalty point being assigned to your account. If you accumulate 2 full points, your booking privileges will be suspended.