BUSPH Writing Coach.

Work With a Peer Coach

The Peer Writing Coach Program offers student-directed writing and presentation appointments to all students enrolled in SPH classes. Our sessions are designed to meet the needs of students at all levels of skill and confidence. You can make an appointment with a peer coach at any stage in your writing process, and you can make up to two appointments per assignment. Peer coaches are available both in person and online. We are happy to work with individual authors and teams.


The Peer Writing Coach Program offers writing and presentation appointments to all SPH students. Students may make up to two appointments per assignment. Writing sessions are 60 minutes long and presentation sessions are 30 minutes long.

We’re offering two types of online appointments this fall:

A synchronous appointment is a coaching session in real time.

  • You and a peer coach will use video, online texting, and a shared screen to discuss your writing at your scheduled appointment time.
  • You can ask the tutor questions in the moment and receive feedback directly.
  • All appointments are listed in Eastern Daylight Time. Please arrive on time for your appointment. If you must cancel your session, please do so at least 3 hours prior to the start time.
  • These appointments last 60 minutes
  • Students can make a total of two appointments a day, with a limit of four per week.

An asynchronous appointment is not a live online coaching session.

  • We’re using the term “appointment” loosely here.
  • You won’t be meeting to discuss your work with a writing coach online. Instead, you’ll upload your paper and receive written feedback from a tutor.
  • This kind of appointment is convenient if you’re living outside BU’s time zone, or you’re otherwise unavailable when we offer synchronous appointments.
  • You can schedule up to two asynchronous appointments per week.

How to Make an Appointment


First check out our Public Health Writing Program FAQs Section. Contact us at sphcoach@bu.edu.

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