I remember one student who came to the writing centre really frustrated. Her paper was due the next day and even though she had done her best to get started early, she wasn’t sure if any of what she had written was right.
When we sat down to go over her work together, there really weren’t a lot of issues. It was more a matter of helping her rephrase a few things and assuring her that she was on the right track. But she was so relieved that she cried at the end of our 15 minutes together.
Not everyone cries, but students often come back after their session to tell us that they just handed in the paper that we reviewed with them, and that they feel really good about it. We get to help students feel more confident about their work – whether it’s figuring out how to handle citations or formatting, or working through their struggles with the writing process.
And we benefit too because helping students with their writing makes us better writers.
If you’re not comfortable coming to ask for help right away, just come and hang out for a while before you take the next step and knock on our door. Lots of people come and study in the writing centre. It’s such a positive environment.
– Courtney, 4th year, Bachelor of Arts
Courtney is a peer tutor with Writing and Learning Services. Check out their drop-in schedule.
This story is part of Changing Minds: Creating a healthy campus – an initiative that makes mental health a priority. The program connects training opportunities, support services, resources and stories from real people across the MacEwan University community.
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