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Student Learning Center: Prepare for your tutoring session

Appointment Prep

Appointment Prep

 

You’ve made an appointment for writing tutoring at the SLC! Help is on the way. However, there are a few things you should do to prepare beforehand. These steps will make sure that you get the most out of your appointment time.

 

To prepare for your appointment:

 

  • Decide what you want to work on

    • Do you have a specific essay or writing assignment that you need help with? Want to brainstorm ideas, develop your thesis statement, or go over grammar? Maybe you want to go over some confusing readings, or discuss concepts you have trouble understanding. Clarify your goals for the appointment, and prepare any questions you have. Knowing what you need helps us help you better!

  • Know your prompt

    • If you’re here to work on a specific assignment, make sure you have the prompt with you.

  • Go through your professor’s comments

    • If your instructor has already read a draft of your essay and given you comments, make sure you read them first. Know what changes they want before coming in.

  • Do a Grammarly check

    • Although we can help with grammar issues, it saves time to first put your paper through Grammarly, an online tool which catches and corrects grammar errors. All Otis students get a free account at https://www.grammarly.com/

  • Be on time!

    • After fifteen minutes, your appointment time is forfeited and may be given to another student.

Writing Help

Writing Tutoring Sessions 

No two writing tutoring sessions are alike.

Students work with tutors for a variety of reasons: 

    • Assignment interpretation
    • Reading comprehension
    • Brainstorming 
    • Developing, organizing, and clarifying ideas
    • Drafting and revising
    • Strategies for managing sentence-level patterns of error
    • Integrating evidence
    • Citation style adherence

 

How should I prepare for a tutoring session?

  • Bring your prompt and rubric with you
  • Clarify your goals (i.e., revision, assignment interpretation, etc.)
  • Prepare questions for the Writing Tutor
  • Review your instructor or previous tutor's comments and make any changes they requested.
  • Relax and know that we are happy to help!

Remember that we are here to support your growth as writers. We are unable to provide grade estimates or guarantees. Tutors will not write your paper for you, nor can they talk to the professor for you. While we do not know all the answers to questions you ask, we can assist you in formulating questions for your instructor.

 

Math Help

Math Tutoring Sessions

Math consultations are very unique. Consultants may go over concepts, theories, prompts, and other materials with a student. Though the consultant may help you go over examples, they ´╗┐will not do your homework for you.

 

When should I schedule a consultation?

Though walk-ins are welcome, we strongly suggest you make an appointment using the Consultation Request Form. Choose a date and time well in advance of the due date for your work. Please note that a consultant will not review your work less than 2 hours before it is due. Once you receive a response, record the date and time of your appointment.

 

How should I prepare for a consultation?

  • Bring your assignment and notes with you
  • Prepare questions for the Math Consultant
  • Review your instructor or previous tutor's comments and make any changes they requested.
  • Relax and know that we are happy to help!

Remember that we are here to support your mastery of math concepts and theories. We are unable to provide grade estimates or guarantees. Consultants will not do your homework for you, nor can they talk to the professor for you. While we do not know all the answers to questions you ask, we can assist you in formulating questions for your instructor.

Tutoring Sessions

Preparing for Your Appointment

 

To make your appointment as effective as possible, we suggest a few preparations:

  • Organize all questions you wish to ask of your Academic Consultant
  • Bring your assignment, readings, notes, or other relevant course materials 
  • Bring all drafts or stages of work, especially those with instructor comments
  • Review all dealines and communicate these to your Academic Consultant 
  • Prioritize specific areas or sections of focus, in the event time runs short
  • Arrive at least five minutes early for your appointment
  • Take notes during the appointment using your notebook or laptop
  • Schedule an additional appointment as needed for follow-up

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