In addition to the general services offered by the NWU Writing Centre, the Potchefstroom Campus Writing Laboratory also offers the following unique services

  • Facilitated peer-to-peer group consultations, ensuring comfortable spaces where students will be able to learn from one another.
  • Hand-outs to support students with their academic writing skills.
  • Special projects with faculties, which embed the Potchefstroom Campus Writing Laboratory as an academic writing intervention, especially for modules with written assignments. The writing laboratory has standing projects with the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, and Faculty of Arts. To incorporate the writing laboratory in your course please contact Mr Zander Janse van Rensburg.
  • Postgraduate writing workshops. These workshops provide guidance in the writing of dissertations and theses. To organise a workshop please contact Mr Zander Janse van Rensburg.

1.1  Sessions commonly address the following:

  • clarification – guiding students to understand assignment instructions;
  • planning and organisation – guiding students in planning out the writing task and writing process, dividing the writing task into manageable chunks, ordering ideas, and building arguments;
  • revision – guiding students to reconsider main arguments and ideas where and if necessary and as appropriate; and
  • source integration – guiding students on how to properly use in-text referencing, and create reference lists and bibliographies, using the appropriate referencing styles.

1.2  We do not:

  • proofread and edit – consultants do not correct any mistakes or edit students’ writing;
  • make any recommendations with regard to subject content of students’ writing;
  • translate texts, however we facilitate the process alongside students;
  • read multiple texts or particularly long texts in one consultation (we suggest scheduling follow-up consultations in these situations); or
  • use the consultation as a teaching opportunity.

1.3  Why do we not offer proofreading and editing services?

Students need to take ownership of their own writing. It is difficult for students to learn and develop as writers from having their writing edited by someone else. However, consultants may guide and support students in proofreading and editing strategies that will help them to identify and correct their own mistakes or improve their own writing.

1.4  How to make a booking

  1. Register on the NWU Writing Centre’s booking website (nwu.mywconline.com) from any computer or mobile device. Please note that there is no “www” in front of the website address.
  2. Log in with your email and newly-created password.
  3. Choose the relevant campus (e.g. Potch Face-to-Face).
  4. White blocks are available sessions. Click on a white block to book a session. Each session will last an hour.
  5. Specify your question(s).
  6. Remember to attach your file or email it to your consultant.
  7. See the specific consultant with whom you made your appointment at the writing laboratory in E8-G44 (next to the kiosk).

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1.5  Expectations for a consultation session:

  • Arrive 5-10 minutes before your appointment and check-in at the desk.
  • Bring your notes or a draft of your writing along, preferably email beforehand.
  • Also bring along the instructions from your lecturer (e.g. guidelines and due dates) and/or any other relevant documents.
  • For longer writing, identify particular sections that you would like to review with the consultant or come with specific questions. You can always schedule a follow-up consultation for other parts of the document.
  • Prepare yourself to discuss your writing with your consultant for best results.
  • Take notes during your consultation.
  • Follow-up consultations are highly recommended.
  • Please honour your appointment and if, for any reason, you cannot honour the appointment, please cancel your appointment at least an hour or two beforehand (using the booking system) or send a message to the writing laboratory coordinator