Writing Coaches

Appointments are provided via written feedback 

Please book appointments in the usual way. You will be sent a link to our Wattle site to upload your draft. https://wattlecourses.anu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=30906. The Writing Coach will read and provide feedback at the appointment time. The feedback will be available at the end of the appointment or shortly afterwards.

If you have any particular information you'd like your Writing Coach to know, or any specific questions you'd like answered, you can include that message at the top of your draft. Also, it would be helpful if you included the assignment instructions. Please try to combine your assignment instructions and your draft into the one document that you then upload for your appointment.

If you are in the early stages of drafting and only want advice on a structure for your essay / report, or only have some questions, or only want to run a few ideas by a Writing Coach, please upload those questions / outline / ideas in a Word doc, and we'll do our best to give you helpful feedback. 

If you would prefer a face-to-face video appointment, Learning Advisers are offering those on a limited basis via Zoom.

Writing Coaches

Writing Coaches are experienced academic writers who advise undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students on any aspect of the scholarly writing process. Writing Coaches can help with breaking down the question, formulating a persuasive argument, structuring the piece, effective paragraphing and clear academic expression.

Book in for a 30-minute consultation with a Writing Coach to work through a draft of your work, or to have a get some ideas about getting started. Appointments with Writing Coaches are made through our online booking system and are available throughout semester. 

    What to expect

    Appointments with Writing Coaches are aimed to assist you to develop your writing and other academic skills. You can discuss issues such as a draft you are working on, or talk about how to approach an assignment, time management issues or referencing.

    If you want feedback on a draft, upload that via our Wattle site:https://wattlecourses.anu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=30906. It is helpful to see the assignment instructions. The Writing Coach will work with you to go through the assignment and provide specific and individualised feedback.

    We have a few rules to help share appointments and to give you time between appointments to apply some of the feedback.

    • We will see a draft only once. We can however have an earlier discussion about the assignment, how to approach etc
    • We cannot see an assessment piece that is due on the day of the appointment
    • We do not edit, proofread or grammar check
    • We do not advise on the disciplinary content of your work. Your tutors, lecturers and supervisors are the best resources for content-specific advice
    • We cannot estimate a likely grade for your work
    • We will only see work directly related to an ANU course of study. For example, we do not advise on IELTS tests, CVs or resumes, job applications or applications to other universities
    • We do not see take-home exams

    Cancellations

    Our services are very popular. In order to provide a fair system for all students, we have some guidelines around appointment cancellations.

    • If you are no longer able to attend a booked appointment, please cancel as soon as possible. You can cancel either online or over the phone.
    • If you cancel within 24 hours of your appointment, you will need to wait two weeks before your next appointment.
    • If you fail to attend an appointment, or cancel within the 24 hour period more than once, you will not be able to make another appointment that semester.
    We have a zero tolerance policy for abusive or threatening behaviours directed at staff or students. This includes shouting, swearing, threats, name calling, racist comments and inappropriate gestures. Without exception, those who abuse will be required to leave our offices immediately and will no longer be able to access this service.