Writing college-level essays and assignments can be scary, especially if you have never written one before, have been out of school for a while, or are an international student unfamiliar with the expectations of Canadian institutions. Medicine Hat College offers free Writing Support Services to all students in any program or discipline. As the Writing Specialist, I am here to help you with practical advice at all stages of the writing process for a variety of assignments.
I am happy to help you with everything from understanding your assignment and brainstorming ideas to thesis development, essay structure, and self-editing. If you are struggling with grammar, punctuation, formatting, and citation and referencing (APA, MLA, and Chicago), stop by and I can give you advice and point you toward useful resources and tools.
It’s important to remember that the content of your papers is your responsibility. I can’t tell you what to write or edit your whole paper for you. But if you are stuck and need help understanding your assignment or figuring out the structure of your essay, if you want feedback on a draft or tips on how to improve your writing based on the feedback from a paper you got back from an instructor, make an appointment with me or drop by and I’ll do my best to answer any questions you have or talk through your concerns regarding an assignment.
The best place to find me is in Student Success Centre in the Vera Bracken Library for drop-ins or appointments (a sign-up sheet is on the cubicle wall) Monday through Thursday 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00, and Friday 11:00-1:00. I also offer assistance through limited office-hour appointments (booked via email), online tutoring (via Blackboard), or small group tutorials. See the Writing Support webpage for contact information and more.
Becoming a better writer is a process that takes time and practice, and I’m here to help!