These are questions that students often ask about the Writing Center: 1. Who can use the Writing Center? 2. How do I see a tutor? 3. What if I have no time to come to the Writing Center? 4. Can I see the same tutor each time I come to the Writing Center? 5. How many times can I come to the Writing Center? 6. What will my tutoring session be like? 7. What can I expect of tutoring at the Writing Center? • If you haven’t started your paper • If your paper is in progress • If you have a finished draft • If your paper is marked • If you just want to work on a specific aspect of writing 8. Will my professor know if I attend the Writing Center? 9. Can the Writing Center help me with the CATW?
1.Who can use the Writing Center? Any matriculating LaGuardia student from any course beyond the ESL sequence, from English to Business Management to Physical Therapy to Sociology to – anything! can bring any sort of writing to the Writing Center for tutoring. If you’ve already taken classes at LaGuardia but are taking a semester off, you are still welcome to get tutoring at the Writing Center. 1a. Who can’t use the Writing Center? Sorry! Anyone who is not a matriculating student at LaGuardia, including students who have not yet begun to take classes or students in Continuing Education programs, cannot use the Writing Center. 2. How do I see a tutor?
Tutoring at the Writing Center, in sunny B200, is now by appointment. To get a tutoring appointment, all students need to do is log into My LaGuardia and scroll down; the red Writing Center appointment button is on the lower right side.
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3. What if I have no time to come to the Writing Center? If there is no period at all from Monday through Saturday that you can come to the Writing Center, call us at 718-482-5688 and ask about our new Skype program!
4. Can I see the same tutor each time I come to the Writing Center? You are welcome to see the same tutor each time you come; just ask for your tutor's schedule and request him or her on your sign-in form. Occasionally a tutor will have too many requests for one session, in which case the tutor will decide which students will fit together best, and another tutor will be provided for anyone who doesn’t get to see the requested tutor.
5. How many times can I come to the Writing Center? You may come to the Writing Center up to three times per week, one session per day.
6. What will my tutoring sessions be like? The session will be one period long, unless you finish early (don’t count on it!) Most often, you'll find yourself paired with just one other student, usually taking the same class as you, so there will be plenty of time and individual attention for each of you. Once in a while you may have the tutor all to yourself.
7. What can I expect at the Writing Center? You can expect to meet a tutor who will help you with any aspect of any stage of any kind of writing, as much as time permits in a session. You can expect to meet a person who is friendly, patient and knowledgeable, to decide with you what you need to learn in order to improve your writing, and then to work with you to learn what you need to learn to make those changes. You can expect this person, and the Writing Center, to keep working with you for as long as you need, whether that means one session, one week, one semester, or your whole time at LaGuardia. Don’t expect your tutor to get through everything in one session, especially if you have a long paper or a paper with lots of marks by your teacher. Papers often take more than one session, so the sooner you come in for tutoring, the more tutoring sessions you’ll be able to apply to any project you’re working on. Also don’t expect to get your papers corrected or proofread, which is called editing. (You may not know this, but it is illegal for tutors to edit papers.) The Writing Center works directly with you to help you improve as a writer. If you haven’t started your paper: -Your tutor will help you decide what approach to your paper would be interesting to you and fulfill the requirements of your assignment. -Your tutor will help you plan out your paper before you start, choosing among several differnet planning techniques to find an approach that’s comfortable for you; --Your tutor can help you decide what kinds of sources you’ll need to find and read (if your assignment calls for them). Be sure to bring the assignment itself with you! If your paper is in progress: -Your tutor can help you find a focus, find ideas, and begin to write your paper; -Your tutor can help you with your paper’s thesis, organization and development; -Your tutor can help you with research techniques, from integrating sources to doing documentation. -Your tutor can let you know if you are already making grammar errors of one type or another. If your paper is marked: If you come in to revise a paper that has been marked and graded, your tutor can go over it line by line and error by error with you, in one or more sessions. The tutor will also decide what materials and tasks to work on with him/her, for as many sessions as you need. If you come to work on a paper that has not been marked and graded by your teacher, or that you haven’t even started, there are several things your tutor can and cannot do. As already mentioned, a tutor may not proofread and edit the whole paper. But there is a great deal your tutor can do to help you. If you have a finished draft: -Your tutor can read through the whole paper in one or more sessions, time permitting, and give you a specific evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses in your paper; -Your tutor can carefully review and discuss your paper’s thesis, organization and development -Your tutor can point out examples of error patterns in your paper and can help you correct the beginning of the paper, to help you understand what to look for in the rest of the paper; -Your tutor can choose from extensive Writing Center materials to help you learn more about the kinds of errors in your paper. If you just want to work on a specific aspect of writing, like run-on sentences or writing an introduction, not a paper: Your tutor will congratulate you on your intelligence and commitment! Then your tutor will give you techniques and practice to improve any aspect of writing you want to improve. Often students turn the aspect of writing that gave them the most trouble into the aspect of writing that they’re best at!
8. Will my professor know if I attend the Writing Center? Each time you come to the Writing Center your tutor will send a brief report of your attendance to your teacher.
9. Can the Writing Center help me with the CATW? Yes! You can get practice tests at the Writing Center, and after you complete one, a tutor will go over it with you. The tutor will discuss each aspect of the your essay in terms of the CATW scoring rubric, and give you an idea of how well you did in each category and what you need to work on (not including actual scores – tutors are not scorers). Whether you take a practice test or not, a tutor will work with you on any specific aspect of the CATW process you like, including summarizing the reading, taking a position about the reading, organizing your response, writing the CATW introduction, making sure you are integrating the ideas in the reading with your own ideas, properly using quotations, and developing detailed paragraph discussions. The tutor can also discuss any issues of grammar that either appear in your writing or that you request.
Note: The Writing Center DOES NOT offer CATW tutoring to students who have not begun taking English classes at LaGuardia – but you do not need to be taking an English class when you request tutoring, if you have already taken one at some point.
So whether it's how to get started on a research paper project, or how to revise a marked essay, or how to deal with any specific aspect of writing, the Writing Center's staff of friendly, skilled, trained tutors can help you do better. We'll see you soon!