Introducing...Office Hours in the Writing Centre

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Successfully piloted with SMU faculty, Office Hours in the Writing Centre is a new program designed to assist faculty in helping students with their assignments with a dedicated writing tutor. Students who attend report being better prepared to write, have greater comprehension of assignments, and feel more confident academically. Students are also introduced to the writing centre as a place for academic help, not just for remediation.

Whether beginning or completing an assignment, instructors can schedule office-hour time in the writing centre and invite students to work with them and a tutor on a specific assignment—lab report, case study, or essay. Instructors can connect with the writing tutor in advance to plan the session to get the most from the time; send assignment descriptions; and provide any materials in advance so that the tutor will be prepared to assist.

For more information, please contact Brian Hotson, writing center director, at writing@smu.ca.