If you’re looking for advice on your writing assignments, are wondering where to begin, or are worried that your writing won’t make sense to someone else, visit the Writing Lab for free writing consultations.
You choose what to work on, from sentence-level issues to logic or referencing style. Our approach ensures that you are in control of your own academic development. Where possible, you may also choose the language used in the consultation.
How do I make a booking?
Book a consultation through the Writing Lab booking system and choose a time that suits you. If you’re unsure about anything or experience problems with the system, please contact Anne-Mari Lackay (021 808 2989) or Vinelene Hartley (021 808 2161).
While we are still working from home due to Covid-19, please rather email or call us via MS Teams, since we may not be available on our office numbers currently.
What will I get out of a consultation?
Discuss your writing, at any stage of the writing process, with a trained writing consultant in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Your consultant can advise you on writing issues that bother you and can support you in developing writing strategies to help with task analysis, planning, structuring, referencing, and much more. These strategies can help you with your current and future writing tasks, and will strengthen your own academic voice. You’ll gain confidence in your own writing.
Types of consultations
We offer a range of writing consultations – both face-to-face and online via MS Teams or Skype.
Covid-19 update: At the moment, we offer mostly online consultations.
Online writing consultations
We offer individual, virtual writing consultations via MS Teams and Skype to distance students as well as all other students while we practise social distancing. We’re happy to arrange consultations for writers who are in different time zones where possible, if we have consultants available.
All Stellenbosch students and staff can book individual consultations and will meet the consultant at the Writing Lab in Stellenbosch.
Consultations via MS Teams
For MS Teams consultations, use the electronic Writing Lab booking system. Click the link to book a time that suits you. An MS Teams meeting request will be sent to you before the consultation. Accept it and join the meeting at the time of your consultation. Your consultant will join the meeting and advise on how to share your document.
If you’re unsure about anything or experience problems with the system, please e-mail Anne-Mari Lackay or Vinelene Hartley, or give them a call via MS Teams.
If you and a group of your class mates are working on the same assignment as a group project, you can have a group consultation. Individual group members can also book separate consultations.
Consultations via Skype
Postgrad students have the option to book consultations via Skype. Simply send a contact request via Skype to SUWLAB2 and include your name, student number and module name. We’ll accept your request and assist you in booking a consultation.
Consultations at the Research Commons in the SU Library
We offer face-to-face consultations for postgrads and researchers on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 14:00 to 16:00 in the SU Library Research Commons in Stellenbosch. Enquire and book at the Research Commons.
Our face-to-face consultations take place in the Writing Lab at the Language Centre (44 Banghoek Road, Stellenbosch), the SU Library Research Commons in the Library or on the Tygerberg Campus.
Once we may return to campus, you can make bookings on Writing Lab booking system.
Once we have returned to campus fully, you can make bookings for face-to-face consultations on the Writing Lab booking system. Due to Covid-19 measures, most of our consultations currently still take place via MS Teams. Please make sure of the mode beforehand.
Consultations at Tygerberg Campus
We offer face-to-face consultations to postgrad students at the Health Sciences Library in the Education Building on the Tygerberg Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or based on the availability of a consultant. Please contact Anne-Mari Lackay via email or MS Teams to enquire or to book consultations.
Due to Covid-19 measures, most of our consultations currently still take place via MS Teams. Please make sure of the mode beforehand.
Collaboration offering to Faculties and lecturers
Collaboration agreements for large groups
If you’d like your class group to have consultations, let’s discuss your needs and organise additional training for the writing consultants on both the assignment topic and your expectations. We can arrange feedback sessions for you using the consultation reports to develop the collaborations further. Please contact Anne-Mari Lackay (021 808 2989).
Other types of collaboration
Let us know what other type of help or support you need as a lecturer to develop your students’ writing. Please contact Rose Richards or Anne-Mari Lackay (021 808 2989).
Services for external clients
The Writing Lab also works with clients who are not attached to Stellenbosch University.
Please email Rose Richards or Anne-Mari Lackay for more information.
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