VIU offers many services to help get you through the school year. Maybe you’ve heard about some of them, but for one reason or another have yet to utilize these services. Maybe you don’t know yet what VIU has to offer. For each issue of The Navigator, this column will feature a service offered through the university and explain why you should take advantage of it.

How much easier would university be if there was someone guiding you through every step of your essay? What if someone helped you brainstorm or pick a topic, write a strong thesis statement, develop ideas, organize and structure paragraphs, cite sources, and revise rough drafts—would your writing improve?

The Writing Centre helps students with every aspect of their writing assignments, including non-academic writing, such as a cover letter. A VIU instructor will go over the assignment and its criteria with you, make sure you understand it, and work with you to create a final draft. Writing Centre tutors can be from any department, but there’s always a representative from English and International Education.

These free one-on-one half-hour sessions are offered in rm. 447 in the Library on Nanaimo’s campus, and in Building 2 in the Credit Programs department on the Cowichan campus. E-tutoring is also offered for students taking online classes. You can make an appointment on campus or online, and drop-ins are also welcome.

The Writing Centre also offers workshops, supervised writing sessions, and resources both in print and online.