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SS 1.4 Get the most from WRITESmart drop-in

What is WRITESmart drop-in? WRITESmart drop-in is a free service where you can get advice on study-related matters from a Learning Skills Adviser or a Reference Librarian. If you have questions about your assignments, or your studies in general, or you would like to work on your assignment with an Adviser nearby to answer questions and offer feedback, then WRITESmart drop-in is the place for you.


· Every weekday– teaching weeks and study breaks

· 10am-12pm.

· Ground floor, Reid Library


Who? We welcome all undergrads & postgrads, from any discipline, who have
questions about writing, studying and referencing.

Preparing for Write Smart drop-in
Pick a focus:
Choose a piece of work.
Decide whether you want advice about writing, or referencing (or both). Remember, you can also ask about study tips, time management, researching, finding sources, preparing for exams and other topics related to your study.

Look over your work:

· Read through materials: drafts, notes, assignment guidelines, sources, or your unit outline.

· Highlight anything you have a question about.

· Look at past assignments and feedback from tutors to find areas you would like to concentrate on.

Identify problem areas:

· Identify the main areas you would like to improve.

· Is your concern with the macro elements (structure, research, argument, cohesion, flow, sources) or the micro elements (spelling, grammar, written expression, sentence structure, citations) of your work?


Prepare questions: Rather than bringing in your work and asking us to simply “look” at it, prepare one or two main questions to ask. Jot down some keywords to help you work out exactly what you want to say.


Bring what you need:

· Bring all relevant materials to WRITESmart drop-in: assignment
question and guidelines, drafts, plans or brainstorms, any research or references you want to ask about, or even just a
jumble of thoughts!

· Bring your unit

outline if you have one.

· Bring pens and

paper, even if you are using a laptop.

· It’s a good idea to take notes about the advice the Adviser gives.

While you are at WRITESmart drop-in


Know what to expect: We DO NOT proofread or edit your work. Rather, we look at a section of it and give you detailed advice on how to improve your writing or structure. WRITESmart drop-in has a friendly, casual atmosphere and we are always happy to help.


· Be specific: Describe your problem and show the Adviser specific examples of this in your work. If you think that something is not right but are not sure how to fix it, we can help you to work out a solution.


· Ask questions: Make the most of our knowledge and ask us lots of questions. If you would like us to explain something

further, or if you would like to know more about a particular topic, feel free to ask.


· Be proactive: Use a pen or pencil to make notes and corrections on your work while we go through it with you. This will help you to understand the reasons for making the changes, and will enable you to apply those skills to your own work more



· Stay and work:

After your WRITESmart drop-in session, you can stay and work. There are computers and desks nearby.


After you leave WRITESmart drop-in

Apply your knowledge:
Ask the Adviser for some key things which you can focus on improving. Use the strategies and advice you have been given in the session and apply these to your own work.


Access other resources:

STUDYSmarter has a wide range of Survival Guides, available online and in the Reid and Science libraries, which deal with many aspects of study. For more detailed help, attend STUDYSmarter workshops during semester, or access YouTube videos and other resources through our website.


Practise proofreading:

· Take a break before proofreading. It is easier to see mistakes this way.

· Read your work aloud to notice things which don’t sound quite right.

· Underline problems and apply solutions using the tools and advice you were given at WRITESmart drop-in.

· The more you practise proofreading and editing your work, the easier it will be.

Give us feedback! We welcome feedback from students about our services. Look for the brown suggestion box and blue feedback forms which are kept on the table during WRITESmart drop-in. All feedback is anonymous.

Like this Survival Guide? Why not check out...

Survival Guides: Witting a paragraph, Starting assignments, Structuring essays.


Want to know more about STUDYSmarter?

Find out about all our services and resources at:


Any suggestions?

We’d love to hear from you. Email us at


This resource was developed by the STUDYSmarter team for UWA students. When using our resources, please retain them in their original form with both the STUDYSmarter heading and the UWA logo.

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