One-on-one consultations are available for graduate students who seek individualized assistance with their writing. In these sessions, trained instructors work with you to improve your capacity to plan, write, and revise your academic assignments. Instructors do not edit for you; they teach you to revise and edit your own work.
Please note: The following departments/Faculties offer their own writing support through one-on-one consultations: Architecture, OISE, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Education, Public Health (PhD students) and Social Work.
Students in those Faculties are not eligible to use this writing centre and should consult the writing centres in their own departments.
How to Book a GCAC Writing Centre Appointment
Step 1: Log In
Log in to the WCONLINE booking system at https://uoft.me/writingcentres and select the “GCAC Writing Centre”. When you log in, you will be prompted to enter your UTORid and password. (If you have questions about UTORid, please visit UTORid Management.)
Step 2: View the Schedule
On the top of the booking site, you can scroll through weeks and you can sort by type of appointment. Appointments are usually released for booking two or three weeks in advance of the appointment dates so you will only see the available appointments for the next two or three weeks.
Scroll down past the announcements and on the left you will see the week’s dates. Below the date you will see the consultant(s) name(s). And below the consultant’s name you will see the type of appointment: either “Synchronous Appointment Only” or “Asynchronous Appointment Only”. All appointments in the row will correspond with the type of appointment.
Step 3: Book an appointment
Click on an available white square corresponding to the date, time, consultant and appointment type you wish to book and fill out the booking form. WCONLINE provides a legend (i.e. colour blocks) to identify when appointments are available, booked etc. Please see the legend below which is also available on the appointment booking system.
How to add yourself to the waiting list
If all the appointments are booked, you can add yourself to the waiting list. On the right, below the daily schedule you will see the daily waiting list. Click it and add yourself for all the dates that apply. Should an appointment become available, all students on the waiting list will receive a notification, and the appointment is available for booking on a first-come, first-served basis.
How to cancel an appointment
Should you wish to cancel an appointment, log back in to the booking system: https://uoft.me/writingcentres. Navigate to your booked appointment, click it, and at the bottom of the booking form select “CANCEL APPOINTMENT.”
If you experience any technical difficulties with the system, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to join your synchronous online appointment
If you have booked a synchronous online appointment you will meet with the writing consultant online at the booked time. The consultant will work with you using audio/video, chat and a document-sharing whiteboard area. To participate in your online appointment, log back in to https://uoft.me/writingcentres approximately five minutes before the start of your appointment. You will need a webcam and microphone and ensure that your local internet provider has not put up any firewalls for this form of communication. Try to use a Firefox or Chrome browser and make sure you have the latest version of your browser installed. Click on your appointment and click “Start or Join Online Consultation.” If you are unable to join using the default video conferencing platform, please contact Lauren at email@example.com and she will set up your appointment through an alternate platform.
How to join your asynchronous online appointment
If you have booked an asynchronous online appointment you must upload your writing sample (one document file) to the appointment booking form by the start of the appointment slot. Log in to https://uoft.me/writingcentres.
- Click on your appointment slot (highlighed in orange).
- Scroll to the bottom of the form and click “EDIT APPOINTMENT”.
- Scroll to the bottom of the form and click “Choose File”. Upload your writing sample as a .doc or .docx file (Microsoft Word Document).
- Scroll to the bottom of the form and click “SAVE CHANGES”.
The Writing Instructor will download your writing sample and will provide you with written feedback within 24 hours of the time of the booked appointment. The Instructor will attach your writing sample with feedback as a .doc or .docx file (Microsoft Word Document) to your appointment booking form and you will receive an email notification when it is ready.
GCAC Writing Centre Policies
There are a limited number of one-on-one consultations available, and the demand for appointments is high. In order to make the best use of this limited resource, we have strict attendance and cancellation policies.
- You may carry two appointments at any given time, but you may not book two within the same calendar week.
- You are limited to four appointments the Winter 2021 term (January 4 – April 30)
- If you can no longer attend the appointment you must cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the appointment. Failure to cancel 24 hours in advance will result in 1 point penalty applied to your record at the writing centre. Failure to cancel 48 hours in advance will result in 0.5 point penalty applied to your record at the writing centre.
- If you do not cancel a synchronous appointment and do not attend the appointment online or by phone, you will incur a 1 point penalty.
- If you do not cancel an asynchronous appointment and do not upload your document by the starting time of your booked appointment slot, you will incur a 1 point penalty.
- If you are more than ten minutes late, your appointment will be treated as missed and you will incur a 1 point penalty.
- Penalties will be cleared at the end of the academic year i.e. April 30, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.
Once you have accumulated 2 penalty points you will be locked out from the writing centre booking system, and you will be notified via email. Also, any future appointments that were previously booked will be cancelled.
The GCAC Writing Centre is not a proofreading service. Our mandate is to teach students to improve their own writing and speaking. In our courses, workshops, and consulting appointments, students are taught to identify and address the problems in their writing. While we recognize that this process takes much longer than a quick copy edit, we also know that students are not well served by becoming dependent on our writing skills instead of developing their own.