Peer Tutoring in Writing

Peer tutoring is a collaborative process where the tutor works with you to find problem areas in your writing. Your tutor will suggest strategies to help you develop and revise your own work. The long-term goal is to help you improve your own writing skills.

Live Tutoring

A live tutoring appointment is an online video, voice, and chat consultation that allows you to meet remotely with a tutor. Live tutoring appointments are booked on our online schedule. Please refer to “C4W Online Tutoring: A Quick Guide” for more detailed instructions.

Please note:

  • Live tutoring appointments are 30 minutes in length. You can book two appointments in a row to have one hour with your tutor, and you can book up to two appointments a week. You can book up to 14 days in advance.
  • Drop-in Policy: Join the drop-in list if the schedule is full or you would like to have more time with our tutors. Drop-ins are limited to same-day appointments and are subject to tutor availability. To make the most use of our limited resources, a client cannot have more than THREE back-to-back appointments with the same tutor and the total tutoring time cannot exceed 2 hours (i.e., four 30-minute appointments) per day. Chat online with our Program Coordinator Justin ( on Google Chat ( during business hours (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) to get on the list!

Meet Our Tutors


In addition to in-person/live tutoring, the Centre for Writers is offering limited eTutoring appointments to all U of A students, staff, and alumni who are unable to book live appointments or prefer to receive written feedback on their writing.

Please read the important information below before you book an eTutoring appointment on our online schedule.

When booking an eTutoring appointment, please provide:

  • Your course name, course number, and instructor's name (if applicable)
  • Attach your writing (required) and assignment description (if applicable)
  • 3-5 focused questions or areas for your tutor to examine. For example:
    • Do I have a strong thesis statement?
    • Is my paper well-organized?
    • Am I doing in-text citations properly?
    • How can I strengthen my introduction and/or conclusion?
    • Are my arguments well supported?

Please note:

  1. One of our eTutors will return your writing with feedback within 3 business days.
  2. Your eTutor can only spend one hour reviewing your writing. Therefore, your eTutor may not be able to fully read and respond to longer projects like theses or dissertations.
  3. Our eTutoring appointments are very limited. You can book only one eTutoring appointment per day and two per week. You are also strongly encouraged to book live appointments to work on your writing.

In-Person Tutoring

Please note: We are now offering Live Tutoring to replace our face-to-face tutoring service.

Meet face-to-face with a tutor to work on your writing! In-person tutoring appointments are booked on our online schedule.

  • In-person appointments are 30 minutes in length. You can book two 30-minute appointments in a row to have one hour with your tutor.
  • You can book up to two 30-minute appointments a week and can book 14 days in advance.
  • Drop in during our hours of operation as many times as you like. Drop-ins do not count toward your weekly maximum of two advance bookings, though they are subject to tutor availability. You may have to wait to see a tutor.




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