Writing skills are integral to your success as a JIBC student.  From essays to research papers, writing a thesis to APA format, the Writing Centre Facilitator, or a peer tutor can help you improve your writing skills and develop confidence about your writing abilities.  A variety of writing supports are available to students in all JIBC programs on all JIBC campuses.

The Writing Centre, CL123, New West Campus

Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9am - 5pm

Due to COVID-19, the Writing Centre itself is currently closed.  However peer writing support remains available online, via phone and Skype. Please contact writingcentre@jibc.ca for more information.

Students can have a tutor review their writing assignments and receive personalized feedback. Tutors can help a student improve their academic writing skills, answer writing concerns and questions, and provide personal feedback on writing assignments. These sessions will involve reviewing a writing assignment. This service is available to all current JIBC students, whether they are in an online program or at a regional campus, and takes as little as two business days. The Peer Writing Support Program offers 2 ways to assist students with their writing assignments:

Peer Tutor Session: a one hour face-to-face meeting with a peer tutor, or

Online Peer Review: review and feedback of assignment through email 

To submit a writing assignment for review, email writingcentre@jibc.ca with the following information:

  • Your name, program, and course name and number
  • Assignment guidelines as detailed in the syllabus
  • Assignment due date
  • An explanation of what type of writing support you need (what do you need help with?)
  • Don’t forget to attach your draft to the email! (Word or PDF format)

To request a face-to-face meeting with a tutor:

Include the above information PLUS provide 3 dates and times that work for you to meet with a tutor

These sessions will involve reviewing a writing assignment. If your assignment is longer than four pages, we ask that you send your assignment to the writing centre at least two days prior to your appointment for a tutor to review.

If a request is missing information, it will be delayed. The Writing Centre Facilitator will notify you if your request is missing information.

Please consider the following:

  • Requests will only be responded to Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm.
  • Requests may take up to 2 business days to be reviewed and returned.
  • A tutor will spend up to one hour reviewing each assignment. If an assignment is re-submitted for a second review, a tutor will spend half an hour reviewing the assignment. 
  • Requests for review are responded to in chronological order based on time and date of the submission. 

Students may submit up to three separate writing assignments for Online Peer Review and book one 1-hour face-to-face session with a tutor per week. Face-to-face tutoring sessions must be scheduled between Monday-Friday and last no more than one hour.

Contact the Writing Centre Facilitator for more information - writingcentre@jibc.ca  

Due to COVID-19, all face-to-face meetings will take place on Skype or Zoom.

 

During drop-in hours, students don’t need an appointment to meet with a tutor or the Writing Centre Facilitator. Drop-In sessions allow a student to meet for approximately 15-20 minutes. These sessions are first-come, first-serve, so wait listing may occur. Sessions will be announced on Blackboard and on the bulletin board beside the Writing Centre.

Due to COVID-19, Drop-In sessions will take place on Blackboard Collaborate or Zoom, (wait listing may occur). Check Blackboard or email writingcentre@jibc.ca for the Drop-In schedule.

Please note that during drop-in hours, tutors may not be available to fully review your assignment. If you would like to ensure your assignment is reviewed in full, please submit your assignment to the Peer Writing Support Service’s Online Peer Review or schedule a tutoring session with a tutor. 

 

These free lunchtime workshops are open to all students on a first come, first-serve basis. Topics include Academic Writing, Thesis Development, APA Format, and The Quick and Easy Way to Write a Research Paper. These workshops will be announced on Blackboard and on the bulletin board beside the Writing Centre.

Due to COVID-19, these workshops will be hosted through Blackboard Collaborate.

SPECIALISED WORKSHOPS AND SERVICES FOR JIBC INSTRUCTORS

The Writing Centre Facilitator can assist in short writing skills workshops for students which can be delivered during class time. Additional supports and services, such as developing learning aids or hosting assignment-specific drop-in sessions, can also be available depending on the Instructor’s needs.

 

What can the writing centre tutors help me with?

Writing Centre tutors can assist you by reviewing your writing assignments and providing you with personalized feedback to develop your writing in areas, such as:

  • Academic Writing: essays, research papers, literature reviews, research proposals, annotated bibliographies, thesis statements
  • Grammar and Punctuation
  • Style & Format: main ideas, overall structure, paragraphing, transitions and flow; conciseness, specificity, clarity, reader access
  • Citation: how to introduce and credit your sources to avoid plagiarism 

Tutors do not help with:

  • Editing or proofreading 
  • Providing ideas for research or supporting topics 
  • Research
  • Commenting on grades

Want to be a part of the JIBC Writing Centre? Tutors are hired every September. Contact the Writing Centre Facilitator for more information. writingcentre@jibc.ca

All face-to-face tutoring sessions take place Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm in the Writing Centre, CL123, and lasts no more than one hour.

If a request is missing information, it will be delayed.  The Writing Centre Facilitator will notify you if your request is missing information.

Complete requests will receive feedback from a tutor via email within 2 business days.

Students may submit up to three separate writing assignments in one week. A tutor will spend up to one hour reviewing a first draft of an assignment. Revised drafts are reviewed in less time, during Drop-In hours only.

Requests for review are responded to in chronological order based on time and date of submission.  First come, first served.

Contact the Writing Centre Facilitator for more information:

writingcentre@jibc.ca