The Centre for Academic Writing provides online tutoring during the Fall and Winter sessions for York University students registered in courses in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Faculty of Education, the Schulich School of Business, or Graduate Studies. If you send us a draft of a paper you’re working on in one of your courses, one of the electronic tutors (Writing Centre instructors) will return it to you with comments and suggestions on its structure, organization, and argumentation. Please note that we don’t proofread or “correct” drafts. We comment on substantive writing problems, though we can help you identify patterns of difficulty with grammar or spelling in your writing.
You can submit your draft at any stage in the writing process, but we recommend that you send it at least two weeks before your assignment is due so you can carefully consider our suggestions and make the best use of them. Our usual response time is between 48 and 72 hours, but during periods of heavy volume, we may take longer. (Our ability to respond to graduate-level papers may be limited. Please inquire.)
How to Submit Your Draft to the Electronic Tutors
Submitting a draft is a simple 4-step process. Fill in the short form requesting information about you (name, student number, York e-mail address), the course you’re registered in, and the assignment you’re working on. Then copy your draft from your word processor and paste the copy into the box provided. Tell us the date when your assignment is due and add any special requests you may have (e.g., for help with a particular component of a paper such as a thesis statement).
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