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Instructional Support Services Program/Tutoring

ACE Writing

Weekly and Walk-in Tutoring

At the ACE, writing tutors work face-to-face and online with undergraduate and graduate students on writing, reading, and research for any course. We recommend students take advantage of weekly appointments since this allows you to work with the same tutor at the same time each week. Doing so allows you to work more efficiently since you get to know one another.

Common questions about our weekly appointments:

What if I don’t have anything to work on every week?

Even if you are taking one course at a time - and most of you are taking 3-5!—you can always work on something, whether it’s planning, research, reading, etc. Think ahead! One of the great benefits of working with a tutor on a weekly basis is that it can help you approach your course work more proactively.

What if I don’t feel like my tutor and I work well together?

We believe in the power of positive relationships. If, after a couple of meetings, you don’t feel you and the tutor are a good fit, please let us know and we will try to arrange a weekly appointment with another tutor.

What if I can’t come every week?

Because tutors are in high-demand for weekly appointments, we can only allow students one cancellation per semester. If you know you can’t commit to a weekly appointment, walk-in meetings may be a better option for you. You might also try working with an online tutor (details below).

Some students can’t commit to a weekly appointment, and that is okay, too. We welcome you for walk-in appointments as well. Even you are coming as a walk-in, think about what you want out of your session and try to set realistic goals. For example, if you have a five-page paper, you might want to read it over with the tutor and create an outline of it to see if it is organized effectively based on your intentions as well as your professor’s assignment guidelines. Here is a comic the writing tutors created to help you think about walk-in sessions:

ACE Writing Workshops

Workshops address a range of topics beneficial to undergraduate and graduate students.* Advance sign-up is required for all workshops. Call 718-960-8175 to register and to find out the workshop location.

Wait, what did I just read? Strategies for Reading Difficult Texts

This workshop will help you develop strategic ways of reading various types of texts, including scholarly research.

  • Tuesday, September 19, 5:30-7:00 pm
  • Saturday, Ocotober 7, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 24, 10:00 am-11:30 am

Paraphrasing and Summarizing: Tools You Can't Live Without

This workshop offers a review of paraphrasing and summarizing, essential tools writers use in research-based writing. You will practice using each with a sample text and receive feedback on their own work. We will address how careful use of these tools helps us avoid plagiarism.

  • Monday, October 2, 10:00 am-11:30 am
  • Saturday, October 21, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 26, 2:00-3:30 pm

APA Citation Format:

This 60-minute workshop reviews the basics of APA citation format, with brief attention to other citation formats. The workshop will also address the usage of web citation resources such as EasyBib.

  • Tuesday, October 10, 10:00-11:00 am
  • Thursday, October 5, 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 18, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 26, 6:00-7:00 pm

Effective Writing

  • A new workshop series highlights the basics of clear, concise writing.
  • Elements of Effective Writing, Tuesday, September 12, 12:00-12:50 pm
  • Building Solid Paragraphs, Tuesday, September 26, 12:00-12:50 pm
  • Common Sentence-Level Problems,Tuesday, October 10, 12:00-12:50 pm
  • Pronouns & Punctuation Review, Tuesday, October 24,12:00-12:50 pm
  • Strong Introductions & Conclusions, Tuesday, November 7, 12:00-12:50 pm 

Reading and Writing About Data

In this workshop, we will examine examples of texts describing and interpreting data, then practice analyzing and writing about information presented in charts or graphs.

  • Tuesday, October 10, 6:00-7:30 pm

Writing the Personal Statement

This workshop will cover the basics for crafting effective personal statements for internships, graduate programs, and more. Bring your personal statement or graduate school application essay draft. Registration required.

  • Tuesday, October 19, 5:30-7:00 pm

Research Paper Writing Group

Drop by the ACE for a faciliated open writing session on Tuesday mornings, 10:00 am-11:30 am on October 21, November 7, November 14, November 28, and December 5. All are welcome. No registration required.

Please note: ACE workshops are primarily designed for an undergraduate audience, though graduate students are more than welcome to attend.

WEEKLY English Conversation Group

Come practice your English language skills at the ACE! This weekly group provides a fun way to develop conversational skills with fellow students. We'll read short texts together as well. All students are welcome. No advance registration required. Come by and converse!

  • Wednesday, September 13, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 27, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 4, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 11, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 25, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 1, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 8, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 15, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 29, 4:00-5:00 pm

English Language Conversation Group Weely @ the ACE

Wednesday - 4:00 -5:00 pm
In Old Gym, Room 205

English Conversation Group

ACE Writing Values

ACE Writing Tutors value their diversity as a staff and are dedicated to making sure students see their diverse and unique experiences and characteristics as resources to draw on, not barriers to overcome.

ACE Writing is Proudly Multi-Lingual

Like Students, our tutors use many different languages. ACE writing tutors are dedicated to making sure students see their unique education, life, and language experience as vital resources to draw on, not barriers to overcome.

ACE Writing is proudly Multi-lingual

The work we do requires ongoing critical reflection, and we are always developing our approaches so that we are working in CREATIVE, INCLUSIVE, andEFFECTIVE ways to facilitate students working to accomplish wide-ranging goals. Over the years, writing tutors have collaborated to articulate our most important practices and values:

  • Listen actively to establish a supportive, collaborative relationship and understand a student’s thought processes 
  • Facilitate reflective/metacognitive thinking
  • Affirm and draw on students’ multiculturalism and multilingualism
  • Pose high quality questions to guide and deepen student’s thinking
  • Encourage student decision-making to help them develop increasing confidence and self-direction
  • Review and reflect on the session with the student throughout and/or at the end of the session
  • Encourage and enable students to make connections between and among coursework, assignments, and the student’s experiences
  • Explain directly or model when needed
  • Guide students to develop effective learning/writing/reading habits
  • Analyze assignments carefully with students
  • Introduce and model concrete strategies like add, delete, move, connect for the revision process

Work With Us

Working as a writing tutor provides experience unlike any other. Tutors gain invaluable communication skills, enhance their own writing as they act as thoughtful and careful readers to others, connect with and support their peers, and join a community of intellectuals engaged in thought and action around research-based literacy teaching and learning. If you are interested in joining our staff of writing tutors, review our application here (PDF).

Links We Like

  • Online Writing Lab at Purdue - The OWL provides free writing and research instructional materials from paraphrasing sources to composing job application materials to composing for different subjects or disciplines. 
  • UNC Writing Center Handouts and Resources - The UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center provides free online resources, including step-by-step videos, on writing processes, sentence-level concerns, and composing specific genres.
  • Lehman Library Research Guides - Lehman's research guides are a great place for students to begin their reserach process. Our librarires collaborate with faculty to complie discipline-, subject-, and course-specific print and digital resources including recommended books, databases, and web resources. A guide for citation is also available.
  • UC Library Guide to Beginning Research - The University of California, Irvine, created this tutorial to explain a step-by-step approach to research. 
  • The Learning Network - The New York Times provides engaging material, from short films to news quizzes, vocabulary lessons, and contests. Start with their guide to using the site here.
  • App Compendium - UNC Chapel Hill offers a guide to applications desgned to facilitate a productive academic life. See recommendations and discussions of particular tools.