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WriteAway Online Tutoring

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Submit your paper to a WriteAway Tutor​

Times for Writeaway responses from tutors vary; a current estimate is available on the submission form. 

WriteAway is a service in BC that gives students at participating institutions the opportunity to receive online writing assistance. Qualified tutors from each of the participating institutions staff the service and provide feedback on students' draft writing assignments.

WriteAway tutors will not edit your paper (i.e. fix grammar issues).

Tutors act as 'informed readers' who will point out areas you should consider revising.

Tutors will embed their comments in the body of your paper, but they will not correct or change your words. It is up to you to revise your paper after receiving the tutor's comments.

 

Who are the WriteAway tutors?

All the tutors are students and professionals working at the participating institutions. When you submit a paper for tutoring assistance, a tutor from any of the participating institutions may assist you.

Tutors must complete training before staffing WriteAway and are continually evaluated to make sure they are providing the best possible assistance.

 

What kind of feedback will tutors give?

WriteAway tutors will not edit your paper (i.e. fix grammar issues). Tutors act as 'informed readers' who will point out areas you should consider revising. Tutors will embed their comments in the body of your paper, but they will not correct or change your words. It is up to you to revise your paper after receiving the tutor's comments.
For more info, see the Writeaway FAQs 

Douglas College Online Tutoring

Submit your paper to a Peer Tutor 

Peer Tutors at Douglas College respond to your inquiries through e-mail within 48 hours. 

Tutors provide help with:

  • Following assignment instructions
  • Timing and planning for the work of writing assignments
  • Developing and clarifying your thesis
  • Organizing, supporting, and explaining your points
  • Writing clearly and concisely
  • Identifying error patterns so that you can improve your editing skills
  • Using computers effectively for academic writing
     

Feel free to e-mail us at onlinetutor@douglascollege.ca for further assistance. 

 

Who are the Douglas College online tutors?

Peer tutors in the Douglas College Learning Centre are students at BC universities and colleges; they are experienced academic writers who have firsthand knowledge and experience of what college instructors expect from written assignments. 

 

 

What is the Online Tutoring Philosophy?

We have two goals in our writing tutoring: first, tutors take on the role of informed peer readers to let student writers know how their papers come across to other students; second, tutors use students' papers and questions as opportunities to suggest improvements in writing process and writing practice.
The role tutors do not take on is copy editor; we will not fix students' papers for them.

Do you need help for an assignment or have a question and cannot make it to the Learning Centre? 

Tutors are available online throughout the semester to help answer your academic writing questions whether it's grammar, writing, and study skills. Expect a reply within 48 hours.