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Online Academic Support Drop-In: Academic Writing

Academic Writing Online Drop-in Session

Complete the form to get on our waitlist. You can view where you are in the queue via our Waitlist button.

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What is the Academic Writing Online Drop-in Session? 

Our online drop-in gives you the opportunity to speak with a CLaSS tutor about any aspect of your academic writing.

Students can access upto 8 academic writing drop-in slots per term. If usage exceeds 8 visits, alternative support options may be discussed. 

Online drop-in operates on a first-come-first-served basis – so no booking needed.

To allow tutors to see as many students as possible drop-in slots are kept to 10 minutes.

How does it work?  

  1. Join the waitlist with your DMU email address (P-number
  2. You will receive an email letting you know when you are next inline
  3. If you do not receive an email, contact us via JustAsk LibChat and let them know you did not receive the Drop-in email.
  4. Open Teams on your device. Login to MS365 on and click on the Teams app or open the Teams Desktop App if installed
  5. A CLaSS tutor will then contact you on Teams
  6. You will be able to chat via text, audio and/or screen share

What drop-in CAN cover:

  • Approaching an assignment
  • Effective study
  • Effective reading
  • Using evidence
  • Academic writing
  • Feedback on a short piece of writing (one or two paragraphs)

What drop-in CAN'T cover:

  • Proof-reading work
  • Feedback on a large piece of writing
  • Subject-specific advice

1. Identify what it is you want to talk about with the tutor

2. Get any work ready which you want to share.

3. If you’re sharing a section of an assignment, it’s really useful for the tutor to see your assignment brief too.

Online Drop-in operates on a first-come-first-served basis and tutors see as many students as they can within the hour.

If the queue is full for the day, you have a number of options:

Library Learning Services and WaitWhile use your contact information to send you the link to alert you to your place in the queue and to send the link to the online drop-in. We process the data disclosed during the sign up process to better support you during drop-in and to monitor the use of the service. See our full Privacy Policy for more detail about how we use your personal data.


Join waitlist for Academic Writing ONLINE - opens 10 minutes before drop-in (see opening times below)