Need some support with a challenging assignment? Our learning mentors might be able to help. The Write Now! writing mentor scheme is a three year project funded by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL).
Student Writing Mentors
Aston University Writing Mentors work in the Learning Development Centre. They are peers or graduates who work with students to develop their academic writing skills. Writing Mentors are appointed following an interview and initial selection task - they all receive training prior to working with students.
Writing Mentors will act as a supportive and friendly listener whilst you are working on a written assignment - helping you to develop your approach to academic writing and the way you convey information. All Writing Mentor sessions are confidential. A Writing Mentor may suggest that you seek advice from other Aston University staff, but will not discuss any issues without your consent.
What we can do:
- Develop an understanding of the writing process
- Develop a critical approach to writing
- Improve assignment structure
- Clarify and organise ideas
- Understand academic style, language and conventions
- Identify strategies to improve approaches to writing
What we cannot do:
- We cannot proofread, ammend or evaluate (mark) your assignment.
- We do not not act as subject specialists - if you need advice on subject content, you should see a lecturer or tutor in your School.
- We work with all Aston University students however we are not trained in English Second Language teaching or in supporting students with additional needs, such as dyslexia. You can access alternative services if you require support in these areas.
Writing Mentors only have time to look at a specific area of your assignment. As such it is important to come prepared for your mentoring session – please see our page on preparing for a student Writing Mentor session.