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If you are studying away from Newcastle and cannot attend a tutorial in the WDC offices, we can offer you a distance tutorial. You might be on a placement, field trip or year abroad, or studying part time or in intensive teaching blocks, at home during the summer vacation, or cannot for health reasons attend a tutorial in person.

Depending on the nature of your query and your own contact preferences, we can offer various formats, including phone, skype or emailed comments on a document.

We book the same 50 mins tutorial entitlement as a face to face appointment. Depending on the nature of your question, we can discuss your approach to study with you and offer guidance or, if your query concerns an aspect of writing, use part of that hour to familiarise ourselves with any samples of your work which we have requested in advance, and the rest of the hour we can then discuss guidance and strategies with you. To arrange a distance tutorial, please complete the booking form.

What to expect from your distance one to one

Once we have allocated you an appointment, you may send any relevant work you wish the tutors to look at to wdc@ncl.ac.uk. Please note that this does not constitute proofreading, but will form the basis of our discussion with you to help you develop your study skills. If you have requested a phone or skype appointment and would like to discuss a particular piece of work, the tutor will use the first half of the hour to look at your work, and contact you about half an hour into the appointment to discuss your request with you.

How to request a distance one to one

What we offer:

  • Appointments are available Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm (last appointment time 4pm)
  • Appointments are available on the hour.
  • Each one to one appointment offers you up to 50 minutes with a tutor. If you have requested a phone or skype appointment and would like to discuss a particular piece of work, the tutor will use the first half of the hour to look at your work, and contact you about half an hour into the appointment to discuss your request with you.
  • We will provide an up-to-date indication of appointment availability for the coming four weeks. We aren’t able to display specific available one to one slots, but will provide information about booking demand to help you plan ahead.
  • We will respond to your booking request within five working days. Please note that we are often unable to process very short-term bookings and recommend that you book a week in advance.
  • We will do our best to match your request to our tutors' availability and to help us to do so, please suggest as wide a range of possibilities as you can.
  • Submitting a request for a distance one to one is not confirmation that an appointment is available or that we will be able to offer you a distance one to one.
  • We will contact you via your Newcastle University email address to confirm an appointment for a one to one or to let you know that we are unable to provide an appointment to match your availability and suggest alternatives.
  • If for any reason your one to one appointment needs to be cancelled, for example, due to staff sickness, we will do our best to contact you in a timely fashion and prioritise your request for a rescheduled appointment. We ask that you provide a phone number for this purpose.
  • One to one tutorials are student-centred and confidential; our aim is to help you reach your academic goals. While academic staff may refer students to our service, we do not accept referrals as a compulsory condition of progress, and will only share information about your attendence or progress with your consent.
One to one appointments with the Writing Development Centre are in high demand. To ensure fair access to appointments for all students, we request that:
  • Only one appointment can be booked at a time
  • Only one appointment can be booked per week
  • Students may book up to 3 one to one appointments a semester (please be aware that there are only 2 semesters per year and this is different to terms, dates are available here). This is a maximum depending on need and availability, and is not an automatic entitlement. Additional appointments may be offered at the WDC’s discretion
  • We reserve the right to further query and clarify your request, or refuse a one to one request, if it does not come under our remit
  • If an appointment is unattended without prior notice, explanation or cancellation, we reserve the right to withhold future one to one appointments. If there are mitigating circumstances, we invite you to discuss these with the Head of the Writing Development Centre.

To request a distance one to one tutorial, please complete our online booking form.

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