Our mission is to help all students become confident and competent writers at third level and beyond.
NOTE: The DCU Writing Centre is currently closed and will re-open on Monday 19th October 2020.
The Writing Centre offers one-to-one guidance with academic writing to all undergraduate and postgraduate students. The sessions provide students with the opportunity to receive expert advice from a peer tutor. Tutors are studying at PhD level and are trained and supervised by the DCU Student Learning team, who also provide sessions on occasion. Students may visit the Centre during any stage of the writing process: planning an assignment, writing a first draft, or revising and editing a document. Sessions are booked online and are free of charge.
Introduction to Academic Writing
English Literature Essay Writing
How to Write a Literature Review
Writing a Research Report
Log on to Discover Assignment Writing 24/7 to complete a short interactive course on how to write a clear and focused academic paper.
Log on to Discover Critical Thinking and Writing 24/7 to complete a short interactive course to develop your critical thinking and writing skills.
Essentials of Academic Writing
- Introduction To Academic Writing video
- Key Principles of Academic Writing Infographic and accessible version available here
- Academic Language (University of Manchester)
- The Passive Voice Infographic and accessible version available here
- Using Quotations (University of Toronto)
- Paraphrasing e-tutorial
- Paraphrasing infographic
- Assignment Writing Video
- Assignment Steps infographic
- Analyse the Question infographic
- Essay Question Verbs infographic and accessible version available here
- Essay Template
- Paragraph Structure
- Introductions and Conclusions infographic
- Signposting (Queens University Belfast)
- Revising and Editing (University of Toronto)
- Assignment Planner
Research Report Writing
- Research Report Writing video
- Research Report Writing Infographic and accessible version available here
Writing for the Sciences
Writing for Law Students
- A guide to answering problem questions (University of Limerick)
- A guide to answering law essay questions (University of Limerick)
Critical Thinking & Writing
- Critical Thinking video
- Critical Thinking Infographic and accessible version available here
- Critical Writing video
- Critical Writing Infographic and accessible version available here
- Book Reviews (University of Toronto)
- Annotated Bibliography (University of Leeds)
About the Writing Centre
- For guidance on how to structure an assignment at third level.
- For advice on how to research and read effectively for an assignment.
- To discuss difficulties with specific aspects of writing e.g. introductions, conclusions, essay flow or editing.
- For advice on how to improve writing to move up a grade.
The Writing Centre gathers student feedback after every single appointment. In 2019-20, 92.2% of students rated their appointment as 'excellent'.
- "The best one to one teaching ever received.
- "Brilliant I went in feeling lost and left feeling so positive. Invaluable advice and (the tutor was) so nice."
- "I found the "virtual" option extremely handy as I am working full time and studying part time and would struggle to get into DCU for a face to face appointment. The advice given was excellent and I left feeling much more positive and enabled to write my assignment"
- "I feel that my approach to writing has improved dramatically. I came out with a new and improved perspective."
Dr. Alicia Menendez-Tarrazo - specialist in arts and humanities
Alicia is a Student Learning Officer at DCU and coordinates the Glasnevin Campus Writing Centre.
Cillian Murphy - specialist in education and psychology.
Cillian is a Student Learning Officer at DCU and coordinates the St Patrick's Campus Writing Centre.
Paula Lehane - specialist in education and social sciences
- Please bring along to the appointment your assignment brief and a draft of your work.
- The Centre is not a proofreading or editing service but rather works with students to strengthen their abilities as writers and encourages them to become editors of their own work.
- All Writing Centre appointments are currently being offered exclusively online (via video call) due to coronavirus restrictions.
- Appointments are made using any of the booking calendar links below.
- Check the online calendar to get the latest updates on availability. Appointment slots open 7 days in advance.
- To cancel a booking, click on the cancellation link which you will find at the bottom of your confirmation email.
- Please reschedule or cancel an appointment well in advance if you cannot attend. Students who repeatedly book and cancel appointments at the last minute will lose booking privileges.
- We advise students to make no more than 1 appointment per week and a maximum of three per semester. This is to keep the limited number of appointments open to as many students as possible.
You Can Book Me is an online calendar service which allows you to book an appointment using a self-service option. This service is optional. You can also book an appointment by contacting our service directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
By using the online calendar service, you are consenting to You Can Book Me processing your personal data on behalf of DCU Student Support & Development (a unit within Dublin City University, which is the local Data Controller). Personal data that you submit to DCU Student Support & Development using You Can Book Me will be used only in conjunction with using this online calendar service.
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Make an Appointment
Appointment slots open online one week in advance. The Writing Centre is a high-demand service. Students who do not show up to appointments, cancel appointments within 24 hours of their appointment time or book more than one appointment per week may lose booking privileges.
**Please check back regularly, as appointment slots become available due to cancellations**