Writing Space

The Writing Space at Mt Helen

Where is the Writing Space?

Mt Helen: Library Skills Room 1, Mt Helen Library

Gippsland: Group Study Space, above the Library

When is it open?

During semester and SWOT Vac

Mt Helen: Monday – Thursday 10.30am – 2.30pm

Gippsland: Monday – Thursday 11am – 3pm

What is the purpose of the Writing Space?

This drop-in space is set up to provide students with guidance through whatever stage of the writing process is relevant for their assignment. The general aim is to assist students so that they can develop the skills and confidence to:

  • analyse assignment questions and criteria
  • evaluate and organise sources
  • develop plans/outlines
  • write the first draft
  • revise and edit to produce a polished final draft
  • develop effective study skills

Who can come to the Writing Space?

  • All students are welcome to visit the Writing Space to work on any written assignment. The Writing Space is available to students to work alone or in groups.
  • Learning Skills Advisers (LSAs) and Student Academic Leaders (SALs) will be available to offer one-to-one or group support and run workshops on writing and study skills as required.

What happens in one-to-one or group sessions?

In one-to-one sessions and small group work, LSA s and SALs will help students to develop drafts of written assignments, taking into account:

  • the assignment topic
  • assignment structure and paragraph organisation
  • argument development
  • strength of evidence
  • critical thinking
  • synthesising of source material
  • clarity of written expression
  • formatting references
  • grammar, punctuation or spelling

Please note: Proofreading, editing or "fixing" assignments is not offered by Writing Space staff.

*If more intensive support is required, students can be referred to a LSA for a private session.

What should students bring to the Writing Space?

Students can bring a completed assignment for review, a first draft, an assignment plan, some jotted notes, or even initial thoughts on an assignment. Students are also encouraged to bring a copy of the assignment question, assignment directions and criteria and any relevant reading materials.