ELLC Tutoring

Why should I request a tutoring session?

  • Tutors can provide advice on assignment goals and how to achieve them.
  • Tutors can help to explain cultural differences and expectations in an academic setting.
  • Tutors can assist in helping clarify your assignment goals, including refining critical thinking, thesis development, supporting details, and essay organization.
  • Tutors can help improve your English by commenting on perceived errors as time allows.

How can I request a tutoring session?

  • Tutoring hours are posted on Wednesdays for the following week.
  • Sign up for a session by writing your full name on the "ELLC Tutor Sign-Up Sheet" on the board outside of the ELLC.
    • You can only reserve one session per day.  If there is no one before or after you on the sign-up sheet, you can continue your session.
    • If you sign up for a session but are unable to make it, please contact the ELLC to have your name removed from the sign-up sheet.
    • If you reserve a session but do not show up, the following consequences will occur:
      • On the first "no-show," you will receive a warning email to your "_____@seattleu.edu" email address.
      • On the second "no-show," you will lose sign-up privileges until you speak with Jason at the ELLC

What do I need to bring for a tutoring session?

  • printed copy of your assignment
    • Tutors will no longer help to edit essays or assignments on laptops.  Please prepare a printed copy of your work beforehand to bring to the session.
    • There is a SU connected WiFi-enabled printer available in the ELLC.  For more information on how to print from the ELLC, please look at the Seattle University webpage here.
    • Please remember that you will not be able to access the printer until your tutoring session begins.  To save time during your session, please print your work before the session.
  • Assignment guidelines or requirements (syllabus, handout,etc.)
    • This will help your tutors understand the assignment requirements and how they can help you move toward your goals.
  • A pen or pencil for corrections and comments

What are the rules for a tutoring session?

  • At the start of the tutoring session, fill out an "ELLC Tutoring Appointment Information" form.
  • Respect the tutor.  They are here to help you, not do the work for you.
  • Explain the assignment to the tutor.  Remember, the tutors are here to help you with your work, not do the work for you.
  • Make sure you understand the assignment.  Speak with your teacher about the goals of your assignment, then ask the tutors for advice on how to reach that goal.  The tutors are here to provide advice for improving your work, but cannot guarantee an "A."
  • Each tutoring session is 30 minutes.  If there is no one signed up for a session after yours, you may continue the session until there is a reserved time or until another student shows up.