Registering

Before you can book an appointment, you must have an account with the Writing Centre. Create a new account here: https://vancouver.mywconline.com/register.php

Logging In

  1. Go to https://vancouver.mywconline.com
  2. Enter your email address and password (the one you created when you registered your account with us)
  3. Select "Writing Centre: Spring 2019" from the drop-down menu
  4. Click "Log In"

Appointments

  • Sign up for or cancel appointments here
  • Appointments last for 30 minutes
  • Available time slots show up as white boxes (click on the box corresponding to the time, day, and tutor you want)
  • You are allowed two half-hour appointments a week to give you time to make progress on your essay
  • You can cancel an appointment up to 25 minutes before the appointment start time (click on the appointment slot and select Cancel This Appointment)
  • If you’re five minutes late for an appointment, any student can claim that appointment
  • Three no-shows result in no more appointments for the rest of the semester

Help Provided

  • Tutors will help you with all stages of the writing process, but they won’t proofread your essay for you
  • Tutors will teach you the skills to proofread your essay
  • Resources are available for your use. Feel free to come in and use the reference material
  • Tutors will not discuss grades or help you with any examination material, including take-home exams
  • After multiple appointments on the same essay, tutors reserve the right to withdraw assistance at their discretion to ensure that the essay remains your own work
  • Information from your instructor always takes precedence over information from a Writing Centre tutor.

Online Appointments

  • Online appointments (eTutoring and Video Chat) are reserved for VIU Distance students (i.e. students taking online classes)
  • Sign up for or cancel online appointments here; make sure you select "Schedule Video Chat Appointment" or "Schedule eTutoring Appointment" from the drop-down menu (otherwise, the system defaults to booking a face-to-face appointment)
  • You are allowed two half-hour online appointments a week to give you time to make progress on your essay
  • You can cancel an appointment up to 25 minutes before the appointment start time (click on the appointment slot and select Cancel This Appointment)
  • There are two different online services: eTutoring and Video Chat
    •  eTutoring is asynchronous (i.e. you upload your assignment, and the tutor looks at it and then uploads their feedback at the end of the appointment time)
    • Video Chat is a real-time conversation between you and the tutor (i.e. you can talk to and see the tutor via video link)
  • Note: not every tutor offers online appointments; when booking, look under the tutor's name (on the left-hand side of the page) to see which services they offer

Drop-in – no appointment required

  • First-come, first-served basis
  • Brief tutorials: 15 minutes
  • One tutorial a day, depending on availability
  • Come with specific questions, such as:
    • I’m not sure what the assignment asks me to do
    • I’d like help choosing a topic
    • I’d like help citing sources

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