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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Writing and English as an Additional Language

Writing support is available to undergraduate and graduate students at any stage of the writing process through same-day consultations, one-on-one appointments, and workshops. The aim of writing support sessions is to help students develop writing skills, as opposed to only proofreading completed papers. Writing and ESL Specialists can help student writers in the following areas:

  • Getting ideas.
  • Grammar and sentence structure.
  • Organizing ideas.
  • Paraphrasing and summarizing.
  • Proof reading techniques.
  • Punctuation.
  • Referencing and citations (APA, IEEE, MLA, etc.).
  • Revising and editing skills.
  • Spelling.
  • The Writing Process.
  • Other topics as needed.

 Sessions are for feedback as opposed to editing. Appointments usually allow for a few pages of writing to be reviewed (not full papers). Writing specialists seek to empower independent writers; however, we do not

  • Compose or re-write assignments.
  • Do your work.
  • Edit or proofread your papers.
  • Provide assessments or challenge grades on your behalf.
  • Review take-home midterms or final exams.

Instead, we hope to teach you the necessary skills you need for brainstorming ideas, following the writing process, discussing genre, and otherwise act as consultants for your work. Our goal is to make better writers, not better papers (North, 1984).

Grad students are seen by writing specialists not tutors.

Writing Room – Drop-in Support

Writing Room – Drop-in Support

One-on-One Appointments

One-on-One Appointments

Book an appointment on the Student Life Portal

Individual 45-minute appointments with Writing Specialists may be booked up to two weeks in advance.

Individual academic writing support is available both in-person and virtually via Google Meet by appointment on the Student Life Portal.  

Same-day writing appointments (30-minute limit, available weekdays online)

Individual 30-minute virtual appointments with Writing Specialists are booked starting at 6 a.m. on the same day.

This academic writing support is available virtually via Google Meet by appointment on the Student Life Portal.  

Visit the Student Life Portal to view the writing, ESL/EAL, graduate, group, and same-day calendar, and to book your appointment.

For more information, please contact studentlearning@ontariotechu.ca.

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Writing Workshops

Writing Workshops

Writing Specialists offer a broad range of academic writing workshops throughout the year. Writing workshops are designed to provide guidance about academic writing expectations in university.

Writing workshops are interactive, focus on specific topics, and can be booked on the Student Life Portal

Professors may arrange in-class writing workshops or class visits upon request by emailing studentlearning@ontariotechu.ca

Conversation Café

Conversation Café