The Writing and Learning Centre (WLC) is here to support you in your academic journey. We can help you organize your ideas, structure your essay, write thesis statements, integrate sources and cite your research properly. You can also come to us to practise your presentations, improve your reading comprehension, and more.
We don’t “check for plagiarism”.
We help you avoid plagiarism by checking if you have appropriately paraphrased and cited all of your sources.
Although accurate grammar is a vital part of writing, it is not the most important part of your assignment. It is more crucial that you follow assignment guidelines, answer the question, and synthesize your research. Grammar issues are mostly addressed if they impede the clarity of your ideas.
Always bring your assignment or whatever you want to work on.
If you have scheduled an online appointment, make sure to attach your work to the appointment or be ready to paste it into the whiteboard on WCOnline.
For in-person appointments, attach your essay to WCOnline so we can save time looking for it. As we work together, we can write suggestions on your essay and you can take notes.
If you have your essay on your laptop – that’s fine as well! Please do not bring it to us on your phone—it’s hard to read and you won’t be able to take notes.
Bring your assignment instructions, guidelines, rubric and any comments your instructor has made. You can also attach them to the appointment when you create one on WCOnline. This way, we know exactly what you are expected to do and can see whether you are on the right track!
One way you can avoid plagiarism is by citing your sources properly. Make sure that you cite every single idea that does not belong to you and follow the guidelines provided in the Citation Style Guides.
We encourage you to come and see us at least 24 hours before your assignment deadline so that you have ample time to utilize the feedback we give you. Remember, last minute work is more likely to lead to poor results, so plan ahead!
If you want to improve your general academic skills or want to hear more about something you learned in a WLC appointment, then attend a Workshop Wednesday! If you want a step-by-step demonstration on how to write a thesis statement, create an outline, time manage, research, and more, then a workshop might be your best option! For all workshops, please register through the Workshop Wednesdays schedule (Schedule 06) in WCOnline. Learn more about our workshops and get the schedule here.