Philosophy Essay Clinic

Philosophy Essay Clinic

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce a new service for undergraduate students:  the Philosophy Essay Clinic.  The purpose of the Essay Clinic is to help undergraduate students with their philosophical writing.  The Essay Clinic is available to any student enrolled in a philosophy course at the University of British Columbia.


What services does the Essay Clinic provide?

Tutors in the Essay Clinic will provide:

  • general advice on structuring an argument; and
  • critical commentary on draft papers by student.

The tutors will NOT provide:

  • Text or specific ideas for student papers;
  • Tutorials or help with course content for individual philosophy courses;
  • More than occasional assistance with basic writing skills (please use the UBC Writing Centrefor this purpose).


Who works in the Essay Clinic, and where is it?

The Essay Clinic will be staffed by two tutors:  Dr. Tom Bittner and PhD student Emma Esmaili. The Essay Clinic will generally be held in Buchanan E274 or Brock Annex 158.


When is it open?

The Philosophy Essay Clinic will be open for 8 weeks during peak writing months:

  • Term 1: Oct 8 to Nov 30
  • Term 2: TBA

How do I use the Essay Clinic?

There are two options.

  • Drop-in clinic.No appointment is necessary. The two drop-in blocks are as follows.

DROP-IN BLOCK 1: Monday, 10:30 – 12:00 PM, Brock Annex 158

DROP-IN BLOCK 2: Thursday, 9:30 – 11:00 AM, Buchanan E274 (for Nov 8, Brock Annex 158)

  • Make an appointment.If you cannot make it to the drop-in clinic, please contact one of the tutors by email.  Each is available for 1.5 hours per week for appointments in addition to the drop-in clinic.
  • Appointments are a maximum of 20 minutes, unless there is extra time available for further discussion.


For an appointment: please contact Dr. Tom Bittner at or Emma Esmaili at