College Core Writing Tutors

For undergraduates writing in the Common Core

College Core Writing Tutors will hold all Autumn 2020 tutoring sessions remotely via video conferencing platform Zoom. Students should follow the same process as usual to sign-up for appointments and to add themselves to the wait list. Instructions for how to work with Writing Tutors remotely are detailed below, in the section How to Prepare for your Remote Tutor Session.

College Core Writing Tutors act as a resource to help students develop and improve the organization, coherence, and argumentative sophistication of their essays. Writing Tutors work with students through the entire writing process from the crucial moments of brainstorming and questioning, to drafted/outlined material, to full drafts.

Writing Tutors are available during Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters, beginning in Week Two and extending through Finals Week.

Autumn Quarter Hours

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Cubicle 15

Sila, 2-6pm
Brianna, 6-10pm

Susan Z., 10am-2pm
Yasser, 2-6pm
Ruth, 6-10pm
Susan S., 10am-2pm
Emma, 2-6pm
Madeleine, 6-10pm
Jane, 6-10pm Moksha, 2-6pm
Alisa, 6-10pm*
Brigid, 10am-2pm
Cubicle 16 Jack, 2-6pm
Nathan, 6-10pm
Jialin, 6-10pm Jake, 6-10pm Olivia, 6-10pm Emily, 6-10pm Kate, 12-4pm
Cubicle 17 Bradley, 6-10pm Allison, 6-10pm Naomi, 6-10pm Ariz, 6-10pm Diane, 6-10pm
Cubicle 18 Lucia, 6-10pm* Hannah, 6-10pm Nicholas, 6-10pm*
Cubicle 19 Kerry, 6-10pm*
ESL/EAL Tutor (through ELI) Abigail**, 8-10pm Kat**, 8-10pm

*Weeks 4, 6, 8, 9, and Finals only.
**6pm-10pm on Week 4 and Finals; 8-10pm on other weeks
Please note that the Writing Program does not schedule for ESL/EAL Tutors. ESL/EAL Tutors can be scheduled at collegescheduling.uchicago.edu

Please click on the sections below for further information on how to schedule and prepare for a Writing Tutor appointment.

How the Writing Tutors Can Help

Writing Tutors can:
  • Brainstorm on how to get started on a paper or how to best approach a paper assignment or prompt, particularly in terms of how to construct an argument.
  • Read a full or partial draft of a paper and comment on its overall argumentation (use of textual evidence, logical flow of argument, persuasive placement of points, etc.).
  • Read a full or partial draft of a paper and comment on its organization, both globally and at the paragraph level.
  • Spot patterns of mechanical errors in a student’s prose and teach the student how to identify and correct these patterns.
  • Make suggestions for how to revise a paper for greater coherence, clarity, and persuasiveness of argument.

Things Tutors Do Not Do

  • Writing Tutors do not copy-edit, proofread, or otherwise “correct” papers.
  • Writing Tutors do not fix grammar errors.
  • Writing Tutors do not interpret course readings or course content for students.
  • Writing Tutors do not read papers longer than 10 pages, double-spaced.
  • Writing Tutors also do not meet with students outside available tutoring hours.

How to Schedule a Writing Tutor Appointment

As a general rule: Appointments are released on a week-by-week schedule. All appointments for the following week are released on Friday afternoons.

1st or 2nd Year Students in HUMA, SOSC, or CIV Courses

  • Please click the “Book an Appointment” button below and schedule an appointment through the system.
  • Please note that you cannot schedule two appointments throughout the week at one time. Out of fairness to those seeking writing assistance, that is not allowed. Instead, you may schedule an appointment or place yourself on the drop-in list after have completed your scheduled consultation. You may also schedule an appointment on another day.
  • If you find that all sessions are booked for the week, you may place yourself on the drop-in list on the same day you would like to see a Tutor.

3rd or 4th Year Students in HUMA, SOSC, or CIV Courses

  • Please e-mail the Writing Program at writing-program@uchicago.edu so we can facilitate scheduling.
  • Given the general rule above, any requests for appointments should wait until Friday afternoons or thereafter, with detailed availablity so that we may best accommodate such requests.
  • If there are no appointments available during the week, we advise that you place yourself on a drop-in list on the same day in which you are available.
  • Please note that we are unable to schedule appointments on the same day. If you need same-day tutoring assistance, we ask that you place yourself on the drop-in list on the same day you would like to see a Tutor.

Feedback on Application Essays, Document Reviews, and Other Writing for Coursework Outside the CORE

  • For STEM writing: We ask that you first schedule an appointment with a College Core Tutor. If you find yourself needing further assistance afterward, we ask that you place yourself on the drop-in list on the same day you would like to see a Tutor.
  • For all other undergraduates writing for courses outside the Core, as well as those seeking feedback on application essays: Please sign yourself up for the drop-in list on the same day you would like to see a Tutor.
  • For all writing: Tutors will not assist with issues regarding content.

If you have any further questions regarding scheduling a Writing Tutor appointment, please e-mail writing-program@uchicago.edu.

How to Prepare for your Remote Tutor Session

If you Book an Appointment:

  • Schedule with any of the Tutors (Cubicles) for open reservation slots throughout the week.
  • Check-in for your appointment up to 30 minutes in advance. Use the link in your appointment confirmation email to check-in. This will let your Tutor know you are ready to begin your session.
  • At your appointment start time, your Tutor will email you an invitation to join the Zoom meeting.
  • Prepare your document to be shared with the Tutor by creating a link to view it in Google Docs.
  • We also ask that you allow at least fifteen minutes for a Tutor to contact you regarding your reservation, as unexpected technical and meeting delays can arise throughout the afternoon. This is especially true during busier weeks throughout the quarter.

If you are making a Drop-In appointment:

  • Please understand that you are putting yourself on the drop-in list for the day you sign up. Once you check in, Tutors will only reach out to you during the days and shifts they are working. If you would like to make an appointment, please refer to the above-mentioned directions in order to do so.
  • Please provide any notes to Tutors about your availablity. You will be contacted via email at your available time, so please make sure to check your spam for any invitation emails that may have been filtered.
  • Prepare your document to be shared with the Tutor by creating a link to view it in Google Docs.
  • Keep your email browser open. When a Tutor is available to work with you, they will send you an email inviting you to join the Zoom meeting. Again, please make sure to check your spam folders, as Zoom invitations sometimes get filtered into spam. We also ask that you allow at least fifteen minutes for a Tutor to contact you regarding your reservation, as unexpected technical and meeting delays can arise throughout the afternoon. This is especially true during busier weeks throughout the quarter.

ESL/EAL Writing Tutor

For multilingual College and graduate students seeking support for written English

The ESL/EAL Writing Tutor is trained by the English Language Institute to provide support for non-native English speakers seeking assistance with their Core writing assignments. The ESL/EAL Writing Tutor helps students build their knowledge of North American academic stylistic features and conventions related to the proper integration and citation of sources. The ESL/EAL Writing Tutor can also provide analysis of sentence level structural errors and teach students strategies to avoid these moving forward. 

Undergraduates receive priority to work with the ESL/EAL Writing Tutor, but graduate students may be seen on a drop-in basis if no one is waiting.

To work with an ESL/EAL Writing Tutor, sign up at this link (undergrads only). The ESL/EAL Writing Tutor schedule is available here: https://esl.uchicago.edu/one-on-one/ (Winter 2020: most Sunday and Thursday evenings in Cubicle 20). You can also drop-in to Cubicle 20 if no one is waiting.

All Writing Tutors, including the ESL/EAL tutor, are located in the Cathey North Reading Room (Harper Memorial Library 3rd floor).