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Instructional Support Services Program/Tutoring

LTC Writing

 

Weekly and Walk-in Tutoring

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 Blackoard 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:

LTC Writing Workshops

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.

  • Wednesday, February 19, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 4, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 18, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 22, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm

 

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. Location: online.

  • Saturday, February 29, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 11, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 19, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
  • Monday, April 20, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

 

Paraphrasing and Summarizing

This workshop offers a review of 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 24, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
  • Monday, March 9, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 21, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 25, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 18, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

 

Cite Right! APA

This short workshop provides an overview of APA citation basics, including when and how to cite sources in your paper. Option to participate in follow-up practice sessions. Registration required. Location: online.

  • Tuesday, February 18, 4:00 pm-4:50 pm
  • Tuesday, March 3, 4:00 pm-4:50 pm
  • Tuesday, March 17, 4:00 pm-4:50 pm
  • Tuesday, March 31, 4:00 pm-4:50 pm
  • Tuesday, April 21, 4:00 pm-4:50 pm

 

Effective Writing

This workshop series reviews essential elements of the writing process. Registration required. Location: online.

  • Wednesday, February 19, 4:00 pm-4:50 pm - Writing is Concise
  • Wednesday, February 26, 4:00 pm-4:50 pm - Writing is Precise
  • Wednesday, March 4, 4:00 pm-4:50 pm - Semtemce Fragments
  • Wednesday, March 11, 4:00 pm-4:50 pm - Run-On Sentences
  • Wednesday, March 18, 4:00 pm-4:50 pm - Sentence Sprawls
  • Wednesday, March 25, 4:00 pm-4:50 pm - Sentence Clarity
  • Wednesday, April 1, 4:00 pm-4:50 pm - Sentence Variety

 

English Conversation Group-Weekly

For multilingual  students seeking to build their English language fluency, this weekly group provides a relaxed and fun opportunity to converse and make new friends. Participants will discuss current issues, tackle short readings and more. Location: online. Sign up and converse!

  • Wednesday, February 19, 12:00 pm-12:50 pm
  • Wednesday, February 26, 12:00 pm-12:50 pm
  • Wednesday, March 4, 12:00 pm-12:50 pm
  • Wednesday, March 11, 12:00 pm-12:50 pm
  • Wednesday, March 18, 12:00 pm-12:50 pm
  • Wednesday, March 25, 12:00 pm-12:50 pm
  • Wednesday, April 1, 12:00 pm-12:50 pm

 

Academic Writing Boot Camp

This workshop series addresses elements of research-based writing. Registration required. Location: online.

  • Saturday, February 15, 10:00 am-12:00 pm - Your Writing Process
  • Saturday, February 22, 10:00 am-12:00 pm - Setting Up Your Research Project
  • Saturday, February 29, 10:00 am-12:00 pm -Strategies for Reading Difficult Texts
  • Saturday, March 7, 10:00 am-12:00 pm - Assembling Your Argument
  • Saturday, March 14, 10:00 am-12:00 pm - Panic-Free Drafting
  • Saturday, March 21, 10:00 am-12:00 pm - Paraphrasing and Summarizing
  • Saturday, March 28, 10:00 am-12:00 pm - Refining Your Argument With Sources
  • Saturday, April 4, 10:00 am-12:00 pm - Revising Like a Pro

 

How to Register for a Workshop

To get to the workshop scheduling site, Log in to your Lehman 360 account. Select Advisortrac/Tutortrac icon.

  1. Click on “Search Availability” on the left.
  2. Under Center select: LTC_W Workshops.
  3. Leave the “Consultant” section blank.
  4. Click on “Section” and from the drop down menu select the name of the workshop.
  5. Click the “Search” button.
  6. A window will open with the workshop dates and times. Select the time of the workshop you want to attend. Please enter a current phone number in the Phone dropdown box.
  7. Click the “Save” button. You will then receive an e-mail confirmation.  Please read the e-mail for important information and to ensure you registered for the correct workshop.
  8. If you have any questions, please call us at 718-960-8175.

 

CUNY Assessment Tests

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 Values

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.

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.