Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty

Where are you located?

Our central office is located in 201 Tier building. However, we have a strong presence online, including online booking, and all our writing tutors are located in the new Learning Commons (Elizabeth Dafoe Library).

What kind of support do you provide students?

Our instructors, and peer-tutors see students on writing and learning-related issues. We will see students at any point in the writing process from brain-storming to final copy. Our learning skills instructors, and the peer-tutors trained to work with students on learning-specific issues, work with students to improve their study methods. Our aim is to provide learning strategies that can be adapted to difference courses, students and contexts.

Do peer tutors edit students' papers?

Our staff does not copyedit. In other words, we do not fix student papers. Instead, we focus on the student as a writer, and work to provide them with the tools they need to improve as writers.

Will you teach students grammar?

Yes, and no. We teach students’ grammar in context, and at the point that that instruction will most help the student. If the student is struggling to construct a thesis statement, support their ideas, or organize their information than our focus will be on those issues. We tend to address grammar when 1) the students’ grammar actively interferes with clarity, 2) when the rest of the writing concerns are not a concern (i.e. when the paper addresses all the other macro concerns). It is also important to note that not all our peer tutors are equally proficient at explaining grammatical concepts, so students with significant grammar concerns are often referred to ALC instructors.

Information for course outlines

Please feel free to copy the following information about the ALC into your course outlines.

Writing, Content, and Study Skills Support

The Academic Learning Centre (ALC) offers services that may be helpful to you as you fulfill the requirements for this course.

  • Individual tutoring
  • Supplemental Instruction
  • Workshops
  • Online resources
  • English as an Additional Language resources

Through the ALC, you may

  • meet with a writing tutor who can give you feedback on your work, whether you are getting started on a written assignment or already have a draft.
  • meet with a content tutor for select courses who can help you understand concepts and learn problem solving strategies.
  • meet with a study skills specialist to discuss concerns such as time management, reading and note-taking strategies, and test-taking strategies.
  • participate in Supplemental Instruction sessions for select undergraduate courses. These are weekly group sessions, facilitated by a peer mentor who has previously taken the course. To sign up for tutoring appointments, please go to manitoba.mywconline.com

For more information about ALC services, please visit the ALC website.

You can also talk with a member of the ALC staff by calling 204-480-1481.

In-class presentations and workshops

If there is a particular aspect of academic writing that you would like to work on with your students, an ALC instructor can be scheduled to make a presentation or facilitate a workshop in your class. We have made presentations in a wide variety of courses, ranging from History and Political Studies to Recreation Management. We have also given workshops in professional programs, such as Social Work and Occupational Therapy.

Presentations that we have made in the past include

  • Developing a Thesis Statement
  • Using Sources Effectively and Correctly
  • Citing and Referencing in MLA / APA / Chicago
  • Writing a Critical Review
  • Synthesizing Information for a Literature Review

These presentations are usually 30 to 50 minutes.

If you are interested in setting up an ALC workshop for your class, please use our online Workshop Request Form.

Please note that ALC instructors need at least 3 weeks of advance notice in order to prepare a workshop for your class and will be able to schedule a time to meet with your class, subject to their availability.