Online Writing Tutor
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First Time Using the Academic Learning Centre?

  • Go to, and click on "Register for an account."
  • Fill out all fields, create a password, and choose your reminder preferences. Use your @myumanitoba email address.

To Book an Online Tutoring Appointment in WCOnline:

  • Log in at
  • Select the "Online Writing Tutor" schedule from the drop-down menu.
  • Choose an available appointment by clicking on an open (white) appointment block in the schedule. Blue or grey blocks in the schedule are unavailable and cannot be booked.
  • Complete the appointment form with information for the tutor.
  • Click "Save Appointment." Your booked appointment will now appear in yellow on the schedule, and you will receive a confirmation email.
  • 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.

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.