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Learning Centre

The Learning Centre: Writing

Writing Tutoring

Peer tutors help with written assignments for all Douglas College courses at any stage of the writing process. 

Book a Real-time Online Tutoring Session Peer tutors meet with you one-on-one in real-time online to discuss your writing process in 25-minute or 55-minute sessions.  Your tutor can also reserve ongoing sessions for you for a few weeks at a time to work together on specific assignments and skills. 
Submit a Draft to an Online Tutor Peer tutors read your writing assignments and respond with questions, feedback and resources to improve your writing.  Choose a time you'd like your draft returned to you, and upload your assignment instructions and your draft.

English Language Tutoring

Professional Tutors are available to help you improve your English grammar and writing skills for course assignments.

Academic Integrity Tutoring Sessions

Book a tutoring session to review your understanding and skills for avoiding plagiarism:

  • Academic Integrity: Understanding and Awareness 
  • Academic Integrity: Using Sources in Your Writing 
  • Academic Integrity: Style and Formatting Guidelines 

Writing Resources

Ac Int appointments

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Book a tutoring session to review your understanding and skills for avoiding plagiarism. Choose the following appointments from the drop-down menu when making an appointment at

Academic Integrity: Understanding and Awareness 
  • To increase awareness of the principles and concepts behind academic integrity, plagiarism, and intellectual property. 
  • In this appointment, you’ll build on your understanding of academic integrity. The tutor will also introduce you to Douglas College resources available, as well as help you come up with a plan to keep learning the skills needed.  
Academic Integrity: Using Sources in Your Writing 
  • To learn how to paraphrase and quote effectively, without plagiarizing. 
  • In this appointment, you’ll focus on developing your paraphrasing and ability to use sources as evidence in your writing assignments. The tutor will introduce you to Douglas College Learning Centre resources available.  
  • If you have a writing assignment you are currently working on where you are integrating sources as evidence, please bring it to this session.  A graded assignment will also work to review concepts with the tutor.  
Academic Integrity: Style and Formatting Guidelines 
  • To learn how to access and follow guides and manuals in order to use APA, MLA and other citation styles to format your writing assignments, as well as how to connect with a librarian for support with citation formatting.   
  • In this appointment, you’ll learn how to find the formatting and style rules needed for your assignments, as well as what aspects of the style and formatting are important in most college assignments. The tutor will introduce you to resources available, as well as help you come up with a plan to keep learning the skills needed.  

Writing with Sources

Writing with Sources

Using Sources: APA

Citations and Formatting 

Types of Papers

Common Writing Assignments

Writing Resources New

Overview of the Writing Process


Grammar: Punctuation

Sentence Structure and Punctuation

ELT and Grammar resources

Language-Related Grammar and other English Language Resources

English Language Resources

The resources page for our English Language Tutoring services also contains a collection of resources to support student writing, including using a learning dictionary, understanding language -related grammar issues and practicing skills for listening, reading and speaking. 


Writer Identity

Your Identity as a Writer

Singular They

Using Singular "they"

The Learning Centre supports the use of the generic singular "they" in academic writing. 

From the position statement of the International Writing Centers Association:

Singular ​they in academic writing acknowledges and affirms the lived realities of writers who themselves use singular ​they, as well as for writers who wish to affirm the reality of transgender and gender non-conforming people. Along with ​other gender neutral pronouns​, the singular they helps validate the identities and stories of people who identify beyond the gender binary. 

We recognize that using ​they as a singular pronoun may meet with resistance among readers of student work. Therefore, we offer to students the following footnote that they may elect to include in their writing. IWCA offers this footnote text to be shared, used, or built upon for personal and academic use:

In this paper, I deliberately use the generic singular “they.” This usage has historical precedence for the last 400 years, and it is grammatical. Further, it includes people whose gender identity is not represented by the he/she binary, which erases many members of our community. This impulse toward inclusive linguistic representation is already seen in style guidelines by professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association (APA). The use of singular “they” is endorsed by the International Writing Centers Association, a conference of the National Council of Teachers of English.

More information about using the singular they from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) 

Writing Resources: Websites

Writing Tutors' Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue Online Writing Lab (The OWL)

Memorial University of Newfoundland Writing Centre

University of North Carolina Writing Centre

University of New York Writing Tutorials

Dalhousie University Writing Centre: The Dalhousie University Writing Centre Resources Guide has an extensive bank of writing handouts, guides and slideshows that cover many things that you, or a student, might find useful.  (this site has very good “writing in the disciplines” guides for students who need more specific help about how to write in their particular class)

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As a Douglas College student, you may also submit your assignments to WriteAway tutors for feedback. 


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.


Our Tutoring Approach for help with your writing assignments

Our goal is to help you improve your writing skills. 
Because we want you to get better, we will not do the fixing, correcting, or writing for you. 

In your tutoring session, peer tutors will:

  • help you evaluate and understand the assignment instructions
  • discuss your questions about your writing
  • review writing techniques, such as thesis development, organization and use of topic sentences
  • suggest methods for improving your reading practices and writing
  • identify error patterns in your writing and help you improve your editing skills

Limits to help from a peer tutor may include:

  • choosing only one or more serious errors
  • showing you how to fix errors by using separate examples and guiding you to helpful resources
  • giving editing advice and practice so that you learn how to improve your own editing skills
  • suggesting that you ask your instructor for answers to questions that the peer tutor cannot answer

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