the writing centre is open:

on-campus and online

Contact us: writingcentre@jibc.ca

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

The following services will be available during the Spring/Summer 2022 term.

Email Peer Review:  Papers may be emailed anytime for peer review.  Papers will be returned, with feedback, within 2-4 business days, Monday through Friday.

Peer Tutor Session:  Contact the Writing Centre to arrange a one-on-one session with a tutor.  Depending upon tutor availability, sessions may only be offered online during the Spring/Summer term.  

Email: writingcentre@jibc.ca

Check the How to Get Help section below for details.

 

The Writing Centre is staffed by the Writing Centre Facilitator and up to five peer tutors. Tutors are current JIBC students with strong writing skills and formal training who work with other JIBC students to provide writing support and feedback on their assignments.  All Writing Centre services are available online and in-person.

How Can The Writing Centre Help Me?
•    Academic Writing: essays, research papers, literature reviews, research proposals, annotated bibliographies, thesis statements, and more
•    Grammar and Punctuation
•    Style & Format: main ideas, overall structure, paragraphing, transitions and flow, conciseness, specificity, clarity, and more
•    Citation: how to introduce and credit your sources in your writing to avoid plagiarism
 

The Writing Centre Does Not: 
•    Edit or proofread papers
•    Provide ideas for research or supporting topics 
•    Perform research
•    Comment on grades
•    Edit APA Reference lists
 

For help with APA Reference lists contact the JIBC Library at library@jibc.ca 

Want to be a part of the JIBC Writing Centre?

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

The Writing Centre allows students to have a peer 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. This service is available to all current JIBC students, whether they are in an online program or at a regional campus. Turnaround time depends on which type of service you choose. Check the Writing Centre Policies for details.

There are 3 ways to get help:

Drop In: a first come, first serve 15-20 minute assignment review (online or on-campus)

Email Peer Review: review and feedback of assignment through email

Peer Tutor Session: a scheduled one hour meeting with a peer tutor (online or on-campus for immediate feedback)

Drop-iN - hoW it works

No appointment necessary for a 15-20 minute review of your paper.  Note that a review of your full paper is often not possible during Drop In sessions. If you would like a fuller review, submit your assignment to the Writing Centre's Email Peer Review service or schedule a Peer Tutor Session

Check the schedule above for Drop-In hours.

EMAIL PEEr REVIEW - HOW IT WORKS

 Email writingcentre@jibc.ca with the following information:

  • Your name, program, and course name and number
  • Assignment guidelines as detailed in the syllabus or assignment outline
  • Assignment due date
  • An explanation of the type of writing help you need
  • Don’t forget to attach your draft to the email!
    • Word Document or PDF Format
  • Allow 2 to 4 business days for feedback 

Peer Tutor SESSION - HOW IT WORKS

Email writingcentre@jibc.ca with the above information and include three dates and times that work for you to meet with a tutor. 

Peer Tutor Sessions must be scheduled by the student in advance. Scheduled sessions are one hour and take place in the Writing Centre or on Blackboard Collaborate. Time slots are available between the hours of 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday.  Feedback on your paper is provided within the appointment time.

Students should send their assignment to the Writing Centre well-ahead (at least two days) of their session.

Writing centre Policies

  • Papers are not reviewed on weekends or statutory holidays.
  • Requests are answered on a first-come / first-serve basis.
    • Rush requests are not bumped ahead. Please submit your request sooner rather than later.
  • A tutor will spend up to one hour reviewing each assignment (except Drop Ins).
  • Students requesting feedback on papers of more than 10 pages* should indicate particular sections that they would like reviewed.
    •  *10 pages excluding title page and references
    •   *Tutors cannot provide feedback on a full paper of >10 pages
    • Papers will be reviewed a maximum of two times.
      • Tutors will spend 30 minutes on the second review.  
    • Submissions must be a writing assignment for a JIBC class.
    • If a request is missing information, it will be delayed. You will be notified if your request is missing information.
    • Tutor contact information is not shared with students.

    Drop In Sessions

    • Are online or on-campus.
    • Are 15 - 20 minutes in length.
    • Feedback is provided within the session.
    • Cannot be booked in advance.

    Email Peer Review Requests

    • Papers are responded to Monday to Friday, between 9 am and 4 pm.
    • Papers submitted on Friday after 4 pm will be held in the queue until Monday. 
    • May take 2 to 4 business days to be reviewed and returned.
    • Turnaround time depends on length of paper and time of term.
    • Longer papers and busy times of term will result in longer turnaround times.
    • Students may submit up to two separate writing assignments per week. 

    Peer Tutor Sessions 

    • Are online or on-campus.
    • Students should provide tutors with their paper well-ahead of their appointment; or, if coming to discuss an assignment, provide the assignment guidelines in advance.
    • Tutors provide feedback within the one-hour appointment time.
    • Students may schedule one one-hour session per week.
      • Students may bring two papers to one session, but, the session is still one hour.
    • Group sessions remain at one-hour.  As a result, general guidance will be provided, but full student papers will not be reviewed.

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

     

    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 Writing Tip Sheets or hosting assignment-specific drop-in sessions, are also available.

    Email:  writingcentre@jibc.ca

    The JIBC Writing Centre offers support to students with questions regarding APA Style. The Writing Centre follows APA 7th Edition and provides advice based on the Student Paper, as outlined in the APA Publication Manual (2020), Section 1.10.

    Students are encouraged to consult with their instructors for specific assignment criteria.

    The Writing Centre supports students with:

    • APA format: elements of paper, including title page layout, abstracts, keywords, font, line spacing, characters, margins, length, and organization of sections and formatting of headings, including tables and figures.
    • In-text citations: parenthetical citations, narrative citations, over-citation, and identifying how to incorporate in-text citations within a paper.
    • Take a look at this Guide:  Formatting Your Paper

    For support with reference lists: contact the JIBC Library at library@jibc.ca 

    For Additional Help With APA STyle

    Contact the Writing Centre Facilitator (writingcentre@jibc.ca) or visit the JIBC Library.

    The JIBC Library

    The JIBC APA Guide

    ​​​​The JIBC Writing Centre helps students improve their writing skills and navigate the writing process.  In collaboration with the JIBC Library, writing tip sheets and web resources are here:  

    WRITING SKILLS GUIDE 

    On this Guide, you will find help with writing annotated bibliographies, book reviews, essays, literature reviews, and, thesis statements.  In addition, tips for punctuation, grammar, and note-taking are included.

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