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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. Sign up

  • Wednesday, September 23, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Goal-Setting and Time Management
  • Wednesday, October 7, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Studying Effectively
  • Wednesday, October 21, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Writing Essay Exams
  • Wednesday, November 18, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Planning for Finals

 

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. Sign up

  • Tuesday, September 29, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday, October 10, 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm
  • Monday, October 19, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November 11, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

 

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. Sign up

  • Monday, October 5, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday, October 31, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November 4, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 18, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

 

APA Citation

This workshop provides an overview of APA citation basics, including when and how to cite sources in your paper. Registration required. Location: online. Sign up

  • Monday, September 21, 4:10 pm - 5:25 pm
  • Tuesday, Ocober 13, 4:10 pm - 5:25 pm
  • Tuesday, November 17, 4:10 pm - 5:25 pm

 

Effective Writing

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, September 30, 19, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Writing is Concise and Precise
  • Wednesday, October 7, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Writing is Concise and Precise
  • Wednesday, October 28, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Semtemce Fragments, Run-Ons, and Sprawls
  • Wednesday, November 11, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Sentence Clarity and Variety

 

English Conversation Group-Weekly

For multilingual students seeking to improve their English language fluency. Build your conversational confidence, and make new online friends! Location: online. Sign up and converse!

  • Wednesday, September 30, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 7, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 21, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 28, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 11, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 18, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Academic Writing Boot Camp

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

  • Saturday, September 26, 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm - Your Writing Process
  • Saturday, October 3, 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm - Setting Up Your Research Project
  • Saturday, October 10, 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm -Strategies for Reading Difficult Texts
  • Saturday, October 17, 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm - Assembling Your Argument
  • Saturday, October 24, 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm - Panic-Free Drafting
  • Saturday, November 7, 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm - Refining Your Argument With Sources
  • Saturday, November 14, 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm - Revising Like a Pro

Writing the Literature Review

All are welcome at this workshop targeted to graduate students and dvanced undergrads. Location: online. Sign up

  • Thursday, October 22, 6:30 pm  - 8:00 pm

 

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.