ACADEMIC COACHING AND TUTORING BULLETIN - SPRING 2021Click here for more information about our services and workshops this term
- Weekly and Walk-in Tutoring
- LTC Writing Workshops
- Weekly Conversation Groups
- How to Register for a Workshop
- CUNY Assessment Tests
- LTC Writing Values
- Work with Us
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At the LTC, writing tutors typically work face-to-face and online with undergraduate and graduate students on writing, reading, and research for any course. However, as of March 2020, all appointments take place online on the Blackboard Collaborate platform. We recommend you take advantage of weekly appointments since this allows you to work with the same tutor at the same time each week, and to work more efficiently since you get to know one another.
Common questions about our weekly appointments:
How can I schedule a weekly appointment?
Complete our appointment request form. You will receive an email once an appointment has been scheduled.
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 drop-in appointments as well. Even you are coming as a drop-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:
We offer free workshops in a variety of areas including writing and academic skills. For the complete current schedule of ISSP workshops, see below.
Strategies for Success
This workshop series is for all students who want to achieve more, in college and in life. Registration required. Location: online. Sign up
- Wednesday, February 17, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Goal-Setting and Time Management
- Wednesday, March 3, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Studying Effectively
- Wednesday, March 17, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Beating Procrastination
- Wednesday, April 14, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Planning for Finals
- Wednesday, April 28, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Writing Essay Exams
Wait, What Did I Just Read? Strategies for Reading Difficult Texts
This workshop helps students develop strategies for reading various types of texts, including scholarly articles drawn from different disciplines. Registration required. Location: online.
- Monday, March 1, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Sign up
- Saturday, March 6, 10:00 pm - 11:50 pm Sign up
- Monday, March 15, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Sign up
Quoting, Paraphrasing & Summarizing
This workshop offers a review of quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing, essential tools for research-based writing. Students will practice each with a sample text, and receive feedback on their own work. We'll address how careful use of these tools helps us avoid plagiarism. Registration required. Location: online.
- Monday, February 22, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Sign up
- Friday, March 12, 11:00 pm - 12:30 pm Sign up
- Wednesday, April 21, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Sign up
This 90-minute workshop (not a series) provides an overview of APA citation basics, including when and how to cite sources in your paper. Registration required. Location: online.
- Monday, March 8, 4:10 pm - 5:40 pm Sign up
- Tuesday, March 23, 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm Sign up
- Thursday, April 8, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Sign up
This workshop series reviews elements of clear, correct writing. Attention to grammar and sentence structure, especially for multilingual writers. Registration required. Location: online. Sign up
- Wednesday, February 24, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Writing is Concise and Precise
- Wednesday, March 10, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Sentence Fragments, Run-Ons, and Sprawls
- Wednesday, April 7, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Sentence Clarity and Variety
English Conversation Group-Weekly
For students seeking to improve their English fluency. Build your conversational confidence in a supportive, informal setting. Registration required. Location: online. Sign up
- Wednesday, February 24, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
- Wednesday, March 3, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
- Wednesday, March 10, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
- Wednesday, March 17, 2:00 pm - 300 pm
- Wednesday, April 7, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Academic Writing Boot Camp
This workshop series addresses elements of research-based writing. Registration required. Location: online. Sign up
- Saturday, February 20, 10:00 pm - 11:50 pm - Your Writing Process
- Saturday, February 27, 10:00 pm - 11:50 pm - Setting Up Your Research Project
- Saturday, March 13, 10:00 pm - 11:50 pm - Assembling Your Argument
- Saturday, March 20, 10:00 pm - 11:50 pm - Panic-Free Drafting
- Saturday, April 10, 10:00 pm - 11:50 pm - Refining Your Argument With Sources
- Saturday, April 17, 10:00 pm - 11:50 pm - Revising Like a Pro
Writing the Literature Review
All are welcome at this workshop targeted to graduate students and advanced undergrads. Registration required. Location: online. Sign up
Thursday, March 11, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Please see the Testing Office website for more information about testing policies and procedures. For general information about the CUNY Assessment Tests in reading, writing, and math, see the official CUNY website.
Please contact the Mathematics Department's Math Lab (718-960-8878) if you require tutoring for the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics.
LTC 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.
LTC Writing is Proudly Multi-Lingual
Like students, our tutors use many different languages. LTC 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.
The work we do requires ongoing critical reflection, and we are always developing our approaches so that we are working in CREATIVE, INCLUSIVE, and EFFECTIVE 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
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).
- 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 research process. Our libraries collaborate with faculty to compile 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 designed to facilitate a productive academic life. See recommendations and discussions of particular tools.