Tutorial Service Workshops

Tutorial Service Workshops!

The last few weeks of the semester can be stressful: final assignments need to be completed, time is running out, and the idea of writing those first words or polishing that final draft can seem overwhelming. Help is on the way!

The McGill Writing Centre’s “Crunch-Time” workshops are designed to teach you fundamental skills and strategies that can transform your approach to writing, improve your ability to organize and express your ideas, and enrich your understanding of how to use grammatical forms to make your writing clear, lively, and engaging.

Sign up for a workshop today and banish those crunch-time blues!

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Writing the Personal Statement

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Sound Sentences

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Grammar Matters

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Let it Flow: Consistency, Cohesion, and Coherence

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Writing the Personal Statement

Writing about yourself is tricky. When completing applications for admission or for financial awards, it can be difficult to find the appropriate tone. When does confidence sound like arrogance? Where’s the line between the personal and the professional? How do you choose which skills or experiences to highlight? Should you mention your years of dedicated experience as a trained lifeguard or your study abroad? In this workshop, we’ll teach you how to craft personal statements that grab your reader’s attention and help you stand out from the crowd.

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Let it Flow: Continuity, Cohesion and Coherence

Have you ever been told that your essays are disorganized—that they lack “flow” or organizational structure? Do you find it difficult to transform seemingly disconnected ideas into smooth and logically sound arguments? In the “Let it Flow” workshop, we’ll introduce you to some basic principles of cohesion and coherence and provide practical suggestions for achieving logical consistency at the sentence and paragraph levels. We’ll consider patterns of information flow, how to maintain focus within and between paragraphs, and how to use grammatical elements such as deliberate repetition, enumeration, and parallelism to signal to readers the relationship between different ideas.

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Sound Sentences

Do you have a good grasp of the basics of English grammar but wish that you could deliver your ideas with more vitality and charm? Believe it or not, you can make your writing significantly more energetic and engaging by improving control of your sentences. In the “Sound Sentences” workshop, we’ll focus on the variety of sentence structures available to you, and what role each can play in creating effective patterns, rhythm, and flow. We’ll also work on how to use emphasis (through repetition, contrast, and other means) to draw the reader’s attention to key points, and which structures are best suited to particular purposes and contexts.

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Grammar Matters

Are you confused by commas? Semi-afraid of semi-colons? Mystified by modifiers? You’re not alone! Although the rules and conventions of English grammar and punctuation are reasonably simple, many students believe they are difficult to learn, let alone apply. On the other hand, grammar errors can be costly—literally! Did you know that a misplaced comma in a contract cost Rogers Communication more than $2 million? At university, you won’t lose money for making this kind of error, but you might lose marks if poor grammar and punctuation weaken your ability to clearly convey your ideas.

In the “Grammar Matters” workshop, we’ll help you to identify, fix, and eliminate some of the most common errors found in student writing (problems with subject-verb agreement, unclear antecedents, and incorrect use of tenses, to name only a few). If your work is frequently returned with comments such as “unclear,” “awkward,” or “confusing,” it’s likely that you do need to brush up on grammar. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with terms like “agreement” or “antecedent”—honestly, it’s not rocket science!

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For further information about these workshops, please contact the administrator at mwctutorial-workshops [at] mcgill.ca.