Graduate Writing Centre
Information about online one-to-one academic writing tutorials for all postgraduate students and members of staff (PGT and PGR).
In addition to our other courses, English Language Education (ELE) offers one-to-one academic writing tutorials for all postgraduate students (PGT and PGR) and members of staff. Undergraduate students seeking academic writing development should visit the Institute for Academic Development website.
Our online one-to-one sessions are approximately 45 minutes long and are designed to give you the opportunity to discuss specific areas of academic writing with an English for Academic Purposes expert.
What can I discuss?
You should prepare to upload a piece of your writing (around 350 words) that you would like to discuss in the tutorial. This must be in pdf. format. You should also prepare a question (or questions) for discussion.
We can offer advice on all aspects of writing from the macro-level to the micro-level including how to…
- meet expectations in your discipline, considering the genre you are being asked to write, your audience and purpose
- organise, link and develop your ideas
- write more clearly, precisely and accurately
- communicate your ideas more explicitly
- use your sources appropriately and accurately
- improve any difficulties you are having with vocabulary, grammar and style
- format your work.
What we do not do
We cannot provide help with disciplinary content. This should be discussed with your subject tutors.
We will not provide a proof-reading service in these tutorials. This means we will not correct your spelling or all your grammar mistakes for you. We will point out general transferable areas for development, so that you can apply the points of focus from your tutorial session to your writing more widely. We can also suggest useful reference sources (websites, books) that you can consult independently.
Time and Location
Tutorials are held online in:
- October, November & December
- Feb & March
- May & June
How do I book?
From January you can register for these sessions in the Event Booking section of MyEd. You will find the tutorials by clicking the 'News and Events' tab, then clicking on 'Event Booking' and selecting 'English Language Education in the 'Provider' dropdown menu. Your tutor will contact you by email with details of the tutorial approximately 24 hours beforehand. You will upload your writing in the tutorial.
Please do not book more than one tutorial in any one week. If you find that you have more than one appointment in a week, please keep your first choice and cancel the others.
If you are unable to attend your one-to-one consultation, please let us know as soon as possible (at least 24 hours beforehand) using the Events booking System. Students who book tutorials and do not attend without cancelling may not be able to book any further ELE tutorial support.