Academic Writing Strategies Program

Evidence-based research shows that struggling writers can improve their skills dramatically if they receive the detailed, explicit instruction they need. (Graham & Harris, 2005.) Such strategies can improve the writing skills of students with learning disabilities and are equally effective for individuals who just need extra help.

Academic Writing Strategies teaches students strategies that assist with every phase of the writing process, from brainstorming and goal setting to proofreading and revision – strategies that have been researched and proven to work with students at all levels, and especially those who are challenged by learning disabilities. Together, the student and tutor will identify the greatest roadblocks to the student’s writing, and choose the writing strategies that will best address their challenges. Our strategies are evidence-based, and introduced gradually as the student demonstrates understanding.

Students work with a writing tutor in a 60-minute, one-to-one format over the course of eight hours per month. The student will be required to engage in 20–30 minutes of strategy practice at home three times per week in order to reinforce the learning.