Student Appointments


30 Minutes

Need to brainstorm ideas? Have one specific question?

  • What do I need to do in this assignment?

  • How do I reference my sources correctly?

  • How do I use semicolons and colons?

  • Is my introduction effective?


60 Minutes

When you need help with a large part of your paper:

  • My draft is too long and wordy.

  • Am I using my sources well?

  • Is my argument strong?

  • I need help structuring my paper.


Online Appointments

Students in online programs (e.g., HSLA, NP, and ITR) may book online sessions with any instructor by identifying the desired appointment as “e-Tutoring.” All other students are encouraged to book face-to-face appointments so you can meet with the instructor in person. Once you become familiar with instructors and how writing centres work, then you can use online appointments to supplement in-person visits. Specify “e-Tutoring” when you book your appointment and upload your draft and assignment guidelines so the instructor can give you appropriate feedback.


Cancel/Reschedule Appointment

DON'T just skip it! You must cancel or reschedule your appointment if you can't make it, preferably 24 hours in advance.
If you miss two appointments, your account will be locked and you will be prevented from booking any other appointments that term.


Preparing For Your Appointment

Ensure your correct email is in your student record. Use your UoT email ending “”.

Note: 30-min. appointments end after 25 minutes, and 60-min appointments end after 50 minutes. The remaining time is used by instructors to complete appointment notes.

Please bring:

  • a copy of your assignment guidelines

  • a hard copy of your paper, draft, notes, etc.

We DO NOT work on your laptop.

We DO NOT proofread or edit your drafts. We provide feedback and comments on how you can revise your draft to best meet the assignment requirements.


Problems and Solutions

If you are unable to access our appointment schedule, check your Quercus settings to ensure that your current UoT email is being used (ending “".

If the schedule is fully booked for the day/time you want an appointment, put your name on the waiting list for that time (click on the Waiting List link under each date on the schedule). You will receive an automated email or text message if an opening occurs.

Contact Dr. Boba Samuels if you have any other concerns: