One-to-one Appointments

Writing Clinics

Do you want feedback on your assignment before you submit? Are you unsure about the structure of your essay? Do you struggle with referencing? Are you confused about how to approach a difficult topic?

If any of these issues seem familiar and you are looking for some advice, then please book a Skills Centre Writing Clinic. The Writing Clinics are one-to-one, thirty-minute appointments with our skilled Tutors.

Before coming to the session, we ask that you prepare a draft of an assignment and bring it with you to your appointment. On arrival, your tutor will ask you why you have come to the Skills Centre. This is your opportunity to discuss the specific issues and concerns you have in relation to academic writing. Your tutor will go through your piece of work and address the key areas of concern in order to help redraft and refine your assignment. They will give you advice on structure and on how best to focus on the question being asked.

This personalised, detailed feedback will help you gain control of your writing and give you the tools to tackle future assignments with confidence.

Writing Clinic Guidelines

  • You can book up to three 1:1 per month and they each run for 30-minutes. When you meet with our tutors, they can go through what is most suitable for you and determine if follow up appointments or sessions are needed.
  • When preparing for your writing clinic, we ask that you bring a hard copy of the work you would like reviewed, whether it is finished or incomplete. Alternatively, you may bring it to be reviewed on your own laptop.
  • We do not offer a proofreading service. In writing clinics, our tutors/ advisors will work with you to address the key areas of concern in your work to help redraft and refine your assignment. However, our Editing and Proofreading class will give you the skills needed to edit your own material.
  • The Skills Centre will help you explore academic writing and the structure which will help you maximise your marks. It does not cover content or any subject specific information. For content-related information, you should approach lecturer/department/ tutor. 
  • Requests cannot be made for specific tutors/advisors. As our team is drawn from the PhD community, they have academic commitments hence we do not match tutors to students. All our team is expertly trained in academic writing and look forward to engaging with our students.
  • If you would like to cancel your appointment, call us on 021-4903839 or email us on skillscentre@ucc.ie. We very much appreciate when you take the time to cancel your appointment. Our service is often very busy, and your cancellation allows students on the waiting list to avail of appointments.

Advisor Appointments

Are you disappointed with your grades? Are you struggling to keep up with your academic workload? Are you confused about how to approach a difficult topic?

If any of this resonates with you, please book an advisor appointment with the Skills Centre today. Together with your advisor, you will develop a detailed, personalised plan of action to tackle your academic workload.

Before coming to the appointment, ask yourself what issues and concerns you have, and what help you feel you need. Your advisor will help you to identify ways to address your concerns and improve your academic performance. They might recommend that you attend some of our classes on writing an essay, building an academic argument, and so on, in order to develop your academic skills, and suggests other services in UCC that you can avail of to help you cope with the stresses of university life.

If you want to improve your grades and gain confidence in your capabilities, come along to the Skills Centre and let us help you #UnlockYOURpotential 

Advisor Appointment Guidelines

  • Advisor Appointments can help you develop a detailed, personalised plan of action to tackle your academic workload. They can establish a personal study plan as well as a strategy for your exams and how to study for them.
  • Before coming to the appointment, ask yourself what issues and concerns you have, and what help you feel you need. Your advisor will help you to identify ways to address your concerns and improve your academic performance.
  • Each appointment will run for 30-minutes. When you meet with our advisors, they will help you examine and establish suitable pathways and determine if a follow up appointment or session is needed.
  • If you would like to cancel your appointment, call us on 021-4903839 or email us on skillscentre@ucc.ie. We very much appreciate when you take the time to cancel your appointment. Our service is often very busy, and this allows students on the waiting list to avail of appointments.
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