Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and College of Arts and Science
Philosophy Help Centre
The Department of Philosophy's Essay Tutor offers essay tutoring for philosophy essays. Philosophy graduate student tutors will read first drafts and give advice about how to strengthen the argument(s) of essays, offer suggestions for improving organization, and point out weaknesses and places where more detail or clarity is needed.
The Philosophy Essay Tutor cannot provide philosophical advice or provide judgments about the material students are writing about. For this sort of help, students must see their Professor and/or Teaching Assistant. The Help Centre is strictly for help with strengthening the structure and general argumentation in philosophy essays.
Students in Philosophy 110, 120, and 133 are especially encouraged to make use of this service; students in any philosophy class are welcome.
The Philosophy Help Centre is operating remotely in 2020/21.
Hours of Operation
Mondays 10-11:30 am
Tuesdays 2:30-4 pm
Wednesdays 12-1:30 pm
Find WebEx meeting link in your PHIL course on Canvas or BBLearn or contact your professor.
Any University of Saskatchewan undergraduate student writing a philosophy or other argumentative essay.
Graduate student tutors will give advice about how to organize your essay and will read your first draft and offer suggestions for improving it, pointing out weaknesses and places where more detail or clarity is needed.
The graduate student tutors may also give some advice about the content of your essay, but they are not going to write your essay for you and will expect you to go to your professor if your are having difficulty understanding the material in the course or the articles or books relevant to the essay topic you are working on.
It is best if you have written a complete first draft of your essay, after having done the reading and research on the essay topic; since tutors can then give you more specific advice about the organization and presentation, and point out weaknesses or arguments needing more detailed or clearer presentation. Bring a copy of the assigned essay topics with you to your appointment.
If you do not have a full draft ready, you will need to have at least some of your ideas written out before seeing a tutor.
- U of S Student Learning Services
- U of S Online Writing Help
- U of S Library: Citation Style Guides (APA, MLA, Chicago Style, and others)
- MLA Formatting and Style Guide (Purdue University Online Writing Lab)
- Evaluating Internet Information (Virginia Tech)
- William Strunk Jr.: The Elements of Style (Project Bartleby)