Online Writing Tutor

How to Use This Service

1.  Register with the Academic Learning Centre’s online booking program (WCOnline). If you have already registered please click on link below and skip to step 2.

a.       Go to

b.       Click on “click here”

c.        Fill in the form, and write down the password you entered as well as the email you used for registration

d.       Click on “click here to continue”

2. Login using your email address and the password you entered at registration in step one.

3. Click on the drop down menu next to “Current Schedule” at the top of the page.

4. Select “Online Tutor (email response)”

5. Click on an available time slot (white space).  Tutors respond within 24 - 48 hours of the appointment you select (depending on tutor availability). If there is no time available on your preferred date, please select another day.

6.  Provide required information about your course, assignment and writing concerns on the form.

7. Attach Document: Click on the yellow folder icon in the top left corner of the screen, and then click on “browse.” Locate the folder your file is in, highlight the file, click on “open” (bottom right hand side of file-folder window), and then click on “attach file.”

Academic Learning Centre tutors use Word. If possible, please use that format (.doc or .docx).

When we have finished reviewing your paper, you will be sent a report that provides a general response to your paper (see “What We Do”). We usually also provide additional comments using the Word comment feature. Your paper, with in text comments, will be re-attached to your appointment spot in WCOnline ( A link to your document, identified as “Document 1,”  is located at the end of the appointment screen. Click on the file name and the file will download. Please note that WCOnline renames the file to match the number associated with your appointment (i.e. sc14fa0b34268704-1335964392.doc). We recommend that you “save as” and change the name of the document.

If you're not sure how to do any of these functions, don't hesitate to phone (480-1481) or drop in (201 Tier) and we can help.

What We Do

Typically, online tutors read your paper with attention to your stated concern, as well as thesis statement, organization, sufficient evidence, logic, paragraph organization, and flow. If issues like organization and flow are not a concern, the tutors will point out problems like citation errors, run-on sentences, sentence fragments, unclear pronoun reference, and incorrect verb tense.

The tutors’ aim is to help you improve the draft you submitted. Re-submissions are encouraged, particularly because good writing depends on multiple drafts, but please do not re-submit a paper without redrafting substantially first.

It will take a minimum of 24 - 48 business hours for the tutors to respond to your questions (you can expect a response within 3 school days). Tutors do not respond on holidays or weekends, so it is helpful to submit your essays and questions far in advance of the due date to ensure that you can make changes to your work based on the feedback.

Required Responses

What is the name of your course (i.e. Introduction to University, or Introduction to World Religions)

2.   What is the course number (i.e. ARTS 1110 or RLGN 1320)

3.   What section are you in (i.e. A02)?

4.   Is this course an online course?

5.   May we use your paper for training purposes?  If your paper is used for training purposes your name and all identifying information will be removed. Please note that your agreement is appreciated but not required.

6.   Areas of Concern

7.   Describe your primary concern. It is useful to provide as much detail as possible in this section. The more we know about your writing concern, the easier it is for us to address it.

8.   When is the paper due?

9.   What is the assignment description? Please provide details of what the professor is expecting students to do and what the goals of the assignment might be.

      What is your topic? 


This personal information is being collected under the authority of The University of Manitoba Act. It will be used to communicate with and assist students who seek help in developing their writing skills through the Learning Assistance Centre. It will not be used or disclosed for other purposes, unless permitted by The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Your personal information is protected by the Protection of Privacy provisions of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. If you have any questions about the collection of your personal information contact the FIPPA/PHIA Coordinator's Office (204-474-8339), University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, 331 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2.