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The Learning Centre: Online Writing and Questions

The Douglas College Learning Centre provides two choices for online feedback for your writing assignments:

Submit to Douglas College Peer Tutors

Submit to WriteAway


Douglas College Peer Tutors

How long does it take to get a response from a tutor?

Peer Tutors respond to your inquiries through e-mail within 48 hours.  We are currently experiencing a high volume of submissions, and responses may not be available within our normal 48-hour response time.
Other options you have for help form a tutor include: 

What do 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

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:

  1. tutors take on the role of informed peer readers to let student writers know how their papers come across to other students
  2. 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.



Submit to Douglas College Peer Tutors

WriteAway ‚Äč

How long does it take to get a response from a tutor?

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

What is WriteAway?

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.

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.




Submit to WriteAway


ASK A QUESTION about your writing

Online peer tutors respond within 48 hours, and sooner during our open hours. 

Please e-mail for further assistance.