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Student Learning Commons services continue online


During COVID-19, Student Learning Commons services continue.
For the complete range, including consultations, support, workshops, handouts, and groups, see SLC services continue online.  


Book a virtual consultation for help with writing or study strategies

Virtual consultations are available to all currently enrolled SFU students. Students can book Virtual Consultations in the same way as previous in-person consultations, using WCOnline. Virtual Consultations are booked and hosted through WCO. 

Watch this short video to learn some key tips for making the most of your virtual consultations: 

Get free, fast, and friendly feedback from WriteAway

Undergraduate students can submit their writing assignments to Write Away for free, fast, and friendly feedback. Qualified tutors from 17 post-secondary institutions in BC and Alberta will review student submissions and provide suggestions on how students can improve their writing skills.   

Attend an online workshop

SLC workshop webinars are available virtually to all currently enrolled SFU students. Check out our Fall 2020 Workshop Guide to see available workshops this semester!

When participants consent, we are recording the webinars for later viewing, and are posting them on our Webinar recordings page as they become available.

Get a handout, view a video, and see more online resources

We offer a wide range of electronic resources  (handouts, videos, etc.) on many aspects of writing, English language learning, and learning strategies. From our homepage, you can browse resources for Writing, Learning and Studying, or English as an Additional Language.    Resources of particular interest during this time include: 

The SLC Media Collection includes a number of short (2-15 minutes) videos that students can watch or instructors can show in their "live" classes or post on Canvas.

Join an online group

Plurilingual Café (English conversation support)

Plurilingual Café  is a weekly workshop facilitated by volunteer peer educators on Zoom. The goals are to recognize and celebrate the rich plurality of EAL students' everyday language practices and interactions. Tasks are designed to support student learning by fostering intercultural awareness among the participants, offering opportunities to learn more about each other’s languages and cultures, and by creating spaces for the use of languages other than English as tools for learning.

VOW(e)L: the Virtual Writing Group (for everyone)

VOWƏL is the Virtual Open Writing Lab (for everyone), Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (GMT-07:00 / Pacific Daylight Time) 
You are invited to log into our Zoom writing room. Attendance is on a drop in basis - you do not have to attend every week or stay for the full three hours. Email us at or to get the Zoom meeting ID. For more information, check out VOWƏL Open Writing Lab (for everyone).

Write OUT! with Out On Campus 

The Student Learning Commons and Out on Campus are hosting Write OUT on Discord. Each session begins with a facilitated discussion about our relationship to writing (this is a great place to bring your questions about academic writing!). The second half of the session will be an opportunity to get some writing done. 
For more information, email or find Out on Campus on Facebook

    Hear the latest from SLC staff and students

    The Student Learning Commons also publishes a blog, with timely and informal information for students and instructors. 

    FIC Instructors and Students 

    Learn about the SLC's remote supports for FIC instructors and students here


    During the COVID-19 crisis