English Excellence: Face-to-Face (F2F) Consultation Policy
During Semester 1 and 2, English Excellence Advisors are on hand to assist students to identify grammatical, structural, and stylistic errors in their essay assignments. The Advisors can help you answer questions such as:
- Is my thesis focussed enough?
- Are my sentences correctly constructed?
- Do my sentences connect well in a paragraph?
- Do my paragraphs have appropriate transitions?
- Does my essay use the appropriate tone and register?
Clientele and Referral Policies
- English writing help is made available to all students on the campus.
- To meet with an English Excellence Advisor, you must register online.
- Walk-ins are NOT accepted.
- The English Excellence Advisor’s office is in 3-1-01 on Thursdays and Fridays from 2pm to 5pm.
- Students sign up online for an initial meeting with the Advisors. The duration of the initial meeting is half an hour.
- During the half hour, students should bring along samples of their writing, and some diagnosis will be done. Then, students will make their next appointment to see the Advisors for an hour-long consultation on their writing problems.
- Students can sign up with an Advisor for a 1-hour block with a possible extension on other days to a maximum of ONE extra 1-hour appointment per week.
- If you want to be certain to meet with us, register in advance to make your appointment.
- It is your obligation to be punctual for your appointment. The Advisors will keep to the registered stated time for each consultation, and not extend the appointment time should you be late.
What we DO and Do NOT DO during the hour-long consultations
- The English Excellence Service attempts to foster an interactive environment where you work alongside the Advisors to improve your writing.
- We DO NOT provide proofreading/copy editing, so you must come prepared with a list of problem areas you wish to focus on. For example, you may need help with particular grammar or style problems; you may want help with your thesis, introductory paragraph, or conclusion; you may want to strengthen the topic sentences at the beginning of each paragraph or to ensure that your in-text citations are accurate.
- The Advisors will work with you to explain or help ameliorate any of these problem areas. If you are uncertain of your problem areas, the Advisors will help you to identify some crucial areas you may need to work on first, and suggest some remedial work.
- The Advisors will NOT look at an unmarked essay from start to finish. We will also not look at ALL your problems at once. We will focus on the paragraph, page, or section with which you are most concerned.
- You are encouraged to bring marked assignments to see the English Excellence Advisors if you seek clarification regarding grammatical mistakes or errors in sentence structure, or if you require further elaboration on comments provided by the Lecturer concerning content/argument.
- You must come in with written material, whether it is, for example, your thesis statement, an introductory paragraph, or a completed essay. You CANNOT simply arrive with a list of essay topics and ask for assistance in brainstorming. For effective brainstorming tools and interactive help from a tutor, you should consult your Lecturer.
- It is NOT the Advisor’s role to interpret the lecturer’s comments or approve/interpret essay topics. You must contact your lecturer for that type of assistance.
- You must NOT expect an HD on an assignment just because you came for the English Excellence service!