FAQ

 

For students

1. What is the Writing Studio?

2. When should I come?

3. Which studio should I go to?

4. How do I prepare for a visit to the Writing Studio?

5. Can the Writing Studio help me with my grammar?

6. What is the writing process?

7. I want extra help.  Where else can I go?

 

 


 

 

1. What is the Writing Studio?
The Writing Studio is a free service for all City University students that offers one-to-one help with writing assignments. We are staffed by trained peer tutors and graduate teaching assistants from around the world.  Our goal is to improve you as a writer as you move through the writing process.  Here you can:

·         Get answers to your questions about text structure, grammar, and usage

·         Develop your ideas logically and coherently

·         Learn writing skills and strategies

·         Reflect on your writing processes to become a more effective writer

2. When should I come?
Come as early in the writing process as you can so that you have adequate time to revise as much as you need, as well as time to make subsequent appointments before the assignment deadline. We won’t have time in one session to cover all of your questions so we highly recommend making second and third appointments. Our tutors cannot help you to the best of their abilities if your assignment is due the next day.

3. Which studio should I go to?

The studio you attend depends on the assignment you are writing.  For example, if you are writing a lab report for an engineering course, you should go to the Sciences Studio; if you are writing an essay for an ELC course, you should go to the ELC Studio; if you are writing a paper for any GE course, you should go to the ELC Studio.

4. How do I prepare for a visit to the Writing Studio?
After you have made your appointment on our website, it’s important that you think critically about your assignment and prioritize your biggest concerns. Ask yourself questions like:
   a. What parts of the writing process do I struggle with the most?
   b. Is there a certain paragraph I feel is weaker than the others?
   c. Do I need help incorporating research and evidence into my paper and using citations properly?
   d. Is my thesis statement as strong as it can be?
 
You are part of the discussion in the Writing Studio and your session will be most productive if you have prepared some questions and concerns beforehand.

5. Can the Writing Studio help me with my grammar?
We do not provide proofreading or line-by-line editing services, and we are not responsible to fix every problem. We can give tips for more effective and efficient proofreading on your own, and we can help you with specific grammar questions you have. After you leave the ELC, you hold the responsibility to continue improvement in your own time.

6. What is the writing process?
The writing process describes the steps from start to finish a writer takes to complete a polished piece of writing. Every writer goes through these steps in some form, and the Writing Studio can help through all stages of the process. Broadly speaking, the steps are:
   a. Research & Brainstorm
   b. Outline & Draft
   c. Write & Revise
   d. Edit & Proofread
Whether you want to talk through your ideas and research before even writing a draft, discuss alternative organization for your completed draft, work on your individual writing style, or discuss argumentation and coherence, our tutors can help you.

7. I want extra help. Where else can I go?
The ELC offers writing-related workshops. They cover a variety of topics in all areas of the writing process, from grammar to essay organization to citations and evidence. Each workshop is offered several times throughout the semester to fit everyone’s schedule. Please refer to the Language Support menu of the ELC website for details (www.cityu.edu.hk/elc).