College Core Writing Tutors

For undergraduates writing in the Common Core

Update [4/6/2020]: College Core Writing Tutors will hold all Spring 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.

Spring Quarter hours:

Sunday 6-10pm
Monday 6-10pm
Tuesday 6-10pm

Wednesday 6-10pm
Thursday 6-10pm

All students writing for Humanities, Social Science, or Civilizations Core sequences are welcome to book an appointment the Writing Tutors. Undergraduates writing for courses outside the Core, as well as those seeking feedback on application essays, may sign themselves up for the wait list.

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.

How to Prepare for your Remote Tutor Session

If you book an appointment:

  • 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. 

If you put yourself on the wait list:

  • 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.

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).