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Overview

At the Learning Hub, we aren’t singularly focused on helping you with a specific paper; we want to help you develop as a writer in ways that will continue to benefit you across your scholarly and professional life. Thus, we have multiple goals:

    • Helping students with writing assignments in their courses.
    • Supporting students’ ongoing writing projects, such as theses and dissertations.
    • Broadly developing students’ academic and scholarly writing capabilities, confidence, and enjoyment.

When Should I Seek Help?

Before Writing

Not exactly sure how to begin an assignment or a chapter? Stuck staring at the blank page? Bring an assignment to a writing tutor to brainstorm ideas, develop a generative argument, structure your paper, identify appropriate assignment models, and find useful sources. Spend time with a tutor describing your writing goals, and have them help you bring your ideas into focus and onto the page.

During Writing

No matter how far along you are in an assignment, meeting with a writing tutor can be useful. You can come to a tutor with a specific request—like refining your argument, helping with transitions, or checking citations—or with a full or partial draft for them to review for feedback.

After Writing

Have you received feedback from your instructor or committee member, but you’re not exactly sure how to apply it to future work? Is some of the feedback confusing? Writing tutors can help you learn from feedback, apply those suggestions to future writing, and more generally integrate those lessons into your toolkit as a writer.


Our Tutors

Any of our writing tutors can help you on any writing task or assignment, however, each tutor also has areas of specialization that may align with your specific needs.

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Anna Kalinowski

About Me

Anna Kalinowski is third-year PhD student in the Faculty of Information studying digital games. Prior to attending the University of Toronto, she completed her Master’s in Cinema and Media studies at York University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at OCAD University. In addition to her love of games, Anna enjoys listening to audiobooks and practicing embroidery (usually both at the same time. She is a mom to two fur babies—a senior tabby cat named Woody and a land piranha (chihuahua) named Freddie—who often provide their assistance during writing sessions.

Writing and Tutor Specializations

With expertise both in the humanities and media studies, as well as drawing from experience with scholarly art conventions, Anna has the ability to help synthesize and develop ideas across many disciplines. She is passionate about pre-writing habits and techniques, which range from note taking strategies to citation management.

Tutoring Hours

    • Mondays: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM ET
    • Fridays: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM ET

Kaushar Mahetaji

About Me

Kaushar Mahetaji is a second-year Master of Information student, focusing on Critical Information Policy Studies. Her research interests include platform evolution, platform infrastructure, and digital methods. Prior to joining the University of Toronto iSchool, she completed her Bachelor of Science in the Honours Integrated Science program at McMaster University, concentrating in biochemistry. Currently, Kaushar is an intern at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, where she assists with the creation of teaching material for knowledge syntheses workshops and the design and documentation of comprehensive search strategies. Her hobbies involve creating digital art, learning about languages, and visiting bookshops and museums.

Writing and Tutor Specializations

Her expertise lies in scientific scholarly conventions. She has applied both quantitative and qualitative methods to her past work and enjoys assisting students with finding and evaluating resources, formatting citations, and forming arguments using data. She is passionate about interdisciplinary work and open research.

Tutoring Hours

    • Tuesdays: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM ET; 12:00 to 5:00 PM ET
    • Wednesdays: 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM ET

Sarah Hilton

About Me

Sarah Hilton (she/her) is a second-year Master of Information student pursuing a concentration in Library and Information Science. Her areas of interests at the iSchool include decolonizing classification systems, queer archives, and issues surrounding open access. Sarah holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto Scarborough, where she completed a specialist in English literature. Outside of the University of Toronto, Sarah is a staff member at Toronto Public Library, and is an emerging queer poet with her first chapbook forthcoming in spring 2022.

Writing and Tutor Specializations

As a former student of English, Sarah’s expertise as a writing tutor lies in humanities-focused scholarly conventions, though she is happy to meet with students from all disciplines and has experience tutoring in both the humanities and sciences. Additionally, her previous tutoring experience includes assisting students at the ESL level, brainstorming essay topics, strengthening essay structures, improving writing style, and formatting citations.

Tutoring Hours

    • Mondays: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM ET; 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET
    • Fridays: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET

Book a Session

Appointments are available to Faculty of Information students only.

To book a session, please visit the Virtual Inforum — Writing Support Module. This website is only available to Faculty of Information students who are logged in with their UTORid credentials.