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One-to-one writing support

A student receiving feedback on their writing

Covid-19 update: online appointments only

Until further notice, 1:1 writing support appointments are only offered online. Booking details are given below.

Improve your academic writing through one-to-one help and advice in drop-in sessions and pre-booked appointments.

Our support and advice

We can help you develop all aspects of your academic writing, including:

  • planning and structuring assignments
  • building effective critical arguments
  • integrating source information and data effectively into your writing
  • academic writing style
  • learning to proof-read your own work

All appointments are currently held online.

Appointments

Select one of two types when you book:

  • email feedback: the tutor will send you written comments on your work.
  • Google Meet conversation: talk to the tutor about your work. You'll need an internet connection and microphone (built into most laptops/devices). If you're using a phone, tablet or other mobile device, please download the Google Hangouts app.

When?

30-minute appointments:

  • Mornings Monday - Friday
  • Afternoons Tuesday - Thursday

Follow the booking instructions below to see the available appointment times.

What to do?

Book an appointment up to two weeks in advance, upload a sample of your work (up to 1,000 words) and tell us what you would like help with. The tutor will review your work before your appointment. You can also email a sample of your work to writing-language-skills@york.ac.uk

PhD appointments

PhD students can also book an appointment for email feedback or a Google Meet conversation.

Current availability:

  • Mornings Monday - Friday
  • Afternoons Tuesday - Thursday

Book using the instructions below.

Drop in sessions

Due to Covid-19, drop-in sessions will not be running until further notice.

Sessions have been replaced by additional pre-bookable appointment slots.

How to book or cancel an appointment

How to book an appointment

  1. Click the 'Book an appointment' button below and log in using your University details
  2. Choose 'Book an appointment' tab at the top left of the screen.
  3. Choose Writing Centre Appointments column.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click 'See results'
  5. The appointments for the next two weeks will be shown - choose the slot you would like. 

Due to high demand, you can only book one appointment at a time. Any extra appointments may be cancelled. You are welcome to book another appointment after your first appointment has occurred.

Book an appointment

Cancellation

Our appointments are often very busy. If you can't make your appointment, visit the Appointment Booking System and cancel your appointment so we can offer it to another student. 

Support for distance learners

We also offer one-to-one writing help for distance learners and other students who can't come to campus. See the Distance learners page for details.

What we can't help with

Our aim is to help you develop your academic writing skills. This means we can't:

  • provide a proof-reading or correction service; but we can help you learn to do this yourself
  • give advice on content or your subject; contact your module leader or supervisor
  • give advice on personal documents, such as job application letters or CVs; contact Careers and Placements