Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make an appointment?

To make an appointment, register an account using your Concordia email address at

Can I request a particular writing specialist?

Yes, when you open up the schedule, you will be able to see what specialists and peer tutors are available.

How do I contact the Writing Center?

Either by calling us at ext. 2421 or by email:

Is the Writing Center handicap accessible?

Yes, it is.

Who are the writing specialists?

The Writing Specialists include professional tutors (all who have advanced degrees) and peer tutors.  

How to prepare for a session?

Please bring a copy of the assignment to the session, along with any instructor or peer feedback that you have. It’s also a good idea to have a sense of what you would like to focus on in your session.

If you’ve started your writing, please bring your writing with you. Please bring a paper copy along with a pen/pencil to use during the session.

Do I need any appointment?

We strongly recommend making an appointment using WC Online as our schedule does fill up! Look at your due dates, your agenda and schedule appointments in advance that way you’re guaranteed time in the Writing Center.

What happens during a session?

Sessions are scheduled for 45 minutes. For the first few minutes, use the time to explain to the tutor what you’re working on, what you would like assistance with; this could be discussing the prompt, feedback you’ve received or anything related to your writing. Afterwards, you and the tutor will decide what to focus on during the session. We suggest prioritizing what to work on during your sessions, as it’s not possible to cover everything in 45 minutes. Plan on making more than one session for larger projects.

We do accept walk-in sessions, but walk-in sessions are dependent upon tutor availability. If a student is not signed up for the slot, you are welcome to take the appointment. If a student has missed his or her appointment, you may also have the appointment.

Can my friend and I split the time of the session?

Unless you are working on a collaborative project, sessions are for one student at a time.

What happens if I miss scheduled appointments?

Timely arrival for an appointment is essential. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late to your appointment, another student may sign up for the time slot. Once you miss two appointments, your account will be disabled and you will not be able to make appointments until meeting with the Writing Center Director.

What is the difference between an online appointment and face to face appointment?

A face to face appointment takes place in the John Bahr Writing Center located in the George House on Concordia Row. For a face to face appointment, you will meet you tutor at the Writing Center. For an online appointment, you can be anywhere; if you’re appointment is a 1:00pm, you should be online at that time to meet your tutor. You have the option to speak, video chat, or use a chat box for the session. You also have the option to upload your paper to the whiteboard for the online session. We understand the value and convenience of online sessions, but we do strongly recommend making at least one face to face appointment prior to an online one to learn more about the process in the Writing Center.

How many appointments may I make per week?

While we would love to offer everyone unlimited appointments, we are not able to at this time. Students are able to sign up for two one hour sessions per week.

If I’m interested in being a peer tutor, who do I speak to?

It’s great that you’re interested in working in the Writing Center! It’s a wonderful experience. Please contact the Director of the Writing Center at to discuss what opportunities are available for you.