Online ELLC Tutoring Sessions


The ELLC is offering online ELLC tutoring sessions through Microsoft Teams.  ELLC tutoring sessions will still offer the same services, such as essay help, conversation practice, or pronunciation support, and we are working on ways to best meet your needs.  Please review our updated processes below and let us know if you have any questions at


Book an Online ELLC Tutoring Session

A student with a booked ELLC tutoring session is given more priority than a student "walking in", so make sure to book a session if you really need the help!

  • Monday:  By Request
  • Tuesday:  9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Wednesday:  10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Thursday:  10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Friday:  By request

Email us at to start a conversation on how and when we can help!

In order to make sure that all students have an opportunity to use the ELLC tutoring service, we ask you to reserve no more than 2 hours of tutoring per week. However, if you need more tutoring and there are available sessions (for example, the session after yours is open or there are more time slots on the same day), you are welcome to come for more tutoring on the first come, first serve basis. In this case, feel free to send a message to ELLCTutoring on Microsoft Teams to check if there is time available, but please understand that the tutor could be in an on-going session or unable to immediately respond.

Actual hours may vary week to week.  Times above are listed in Pacific Standard Time (PST). ELLC Tutoring may not be available during SU holidays as listed by the academic calendar.  Sign-in to Bookings through the ELLC Tutoring link above for actual hours and tutoring session availability.  

For questions or concerns about availability, email us at  If none of the above times work, please let us know and we will try to make accommodations as necessary. 

Starting an ELLC Tutoring Session

When you're ready for your ELLC tutoring session, follow the following steps.

  1. Sign on to Microsoft Teams.
  2. Send a chat message to ELLCtutoring on Microsoft Teams saying that you're ready to begin.
  3. Wait for a response from the ELLC Tutor.
  4. When the ELLC Tutor is ready, he or she will send a video chat or voice chat invitation.

Please be patient while waiting for the ELLC tutor.  They may be finishing another session, but they will try to give a quick response with how much more time they will need until they're ready. (ie: "Ready in 2 minutes.")

ELLC Tutoring sessions are generally 30 minutes long, but they can continue if there are no students waiting. 

Please let us know if you have any comments, questions, or feedback at  Good luck and we hope to see you soon!


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Mohammed M.

The ELLC Tutoring helped me in developing strategies in brainstorming.  It even helped me to deliver my message in essays and presentations more effectively.


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Haruka T.

I always use the tutoring center for my assignments.  They correct grammar mistakes and check the structure of my essays carefully.  It's not only helps me improve my writing skills but also helps me improve the quality of my assignments.

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Siyuan H.

They not only perform grammar checks, but they also help me understand my professors' requirements when I am confused.  I am pleased with all of the tips and brainstorming suggestions they have given to help me with my specific needs.

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Xiaotong Z.

Asking ELLC Tutoring for help is a prime choice when you do think up any ideas, have any brainstorm, and have a lot of points.  Tutors not only provide ideas in different points of view but also go over errors you might take no notice such as grammar.

When should I request a tutoring session?

You can come to the ELLC tutoring whenever you need help with:

  • clarifying and achieving assignment goals
  • understanding cultural differences and academic expectations
  • preparing for and practicing oral assignments
  • writing essays and response papers
  • identifying the language errors you make
  • improving your overall English skills

Here are some real examples of students who came to get help at the ELLC tutoring center:

  1. Efficient Reading: a student had 30 pages of assigned reading that was taking too long to read; the tutor helped by going over some reading strategies for more efficient reading. 
  2. Online Discussion: a student had to participate in an online discussion board and the tutor helped with understanding what other students were posting and crafting a response
  3. Cultural References: ELLC tutor helped a student understand some of the cultural references in an assigned reading (feminist movement of the 1970s, Vietnam War, Women’s March, etc.) in preparation to summarize the reading in class.
  4. Response Essay: a student came in for help crafting a response paper for a U-Core class based on the course readings
  5. Mini-Presentation: ELLC tutor worked with a student to help them prepare for an oral midterm exam in an ethics class.

What do I need to know about tutoring sessions?

  • Hours: Tutoring hours for the quarter are posted on the website. More hours might be offered around midterms and finals.
  • Sign up: You can sign up online for a 30-minute session. You can only reserve one session per day but if there’s no one after you, you can continue your session. You can also “drop-in” during tutoring hours but students who signed up in advance will have a priority.
  • Rescheduling or Cancelling: If you sign up for a session but are unable to make it, please be respectful of tutors’ time and reschedule or cancel your session.
  • Questions: Contact the ELLC Tutoring at with any questions or see the F.A.Q. section.

Important note: The ELLC works hard to schedule tutoring sessions that would be convenient for most students. If you can’t make it to any of the scheduled sessions, please let us know and we might be able to arrange an appointment with a tutor outside of scheduled sessions. However, please note that we do not provide tutors’ contact information or arrange additional tutoring support outside of ELLC tutoring sessions.

What should I do before and during a tutoring session?

Before the session:

  • Prepare questions for the tutor
  • Bring a printed copy of your assignment and assignment guidelines or requirements (syllabi, handout, notes, etc.)

During the session:

  • Fill out an "ELLC Tutoring Appointment Information" form
  • Explain the assignment to the tutor and discuss your ideas on how to complete the assignment
  • Listen carefully to the tutor and ask any questions you might have
  • Remember that tutors are here to help you, but they are not allowed to do your work for you

Frequently Asked Questions

My teacher advised me to get some help from the writing center. Are you the writing center?

No, but if English is your second or third language, we can help with your writing as well. Our tutors are trained to help students who are non-native speakers of English and can advise you on your grammar, vocabulary, as well as structure of your essays. The Writing Center is also an excellent source of help for any stage of the writing process. The more help you can get, the better!

How is ELLC Tutoring different from the Writing Center?

The Writing Center specializes in helping students with writing assignments only. The ELLC Tutoring offers help with English language and American culture on any type of assignment you might have: written essays, online discussions, oral presentations, etc. Tutors can also help with personal statements, resumes, and interview preparation. Finally, the ELLC tutors are more specialized in working with students who are non-native speakers of English.

I can’t make any of the tutoring hours this quarter. Can I meet a tutor outside of those hours?

We try to accommodate our students if we can; we can occasionally arrange for one of our tutors to meet you outside of posted tutoring hours. If you need to do something like this, please send an email to at least one week before you need tutoring and we will do our best!

I forgot to print a copy of my assignment. Can I print it when I come to the tutoring session?

There is an SU printer in the South Wing of the Admin building (next to our office) and you can print it there. It is like any SU printer so make sure that you have enough money on your SU card.

I made an appointment, but I can’t make it. What should I do?

You can easily cancel or change your appointment either by going back to the confirmation email from Bookings. You can also email us at

I didn’t make an appointment with a tutor. Can I still get tutoring?

You can “drop in” during the tutoring hours and see if any tutors are available. However, if someone signed up for an appointment, they will have priority. It’s usually best to make an appointment in advance so you can reserve your spot.

I don’t have a written assignment but I need some help with preparing for a presentation. Can you help with that?

Definitely! We can help you prepare and practice oral assignments from presentations to debates and job interviews. Any time you need help with English, the ELLC Tutoring is for you!

My English is ok but I’m having trouble understanding some of the cultural references my teachers are using. Can you help with that?

Yes! One of the things we do is help students with their understanding of American culture. Teachers often use examples from popular culture or history to make it easier for students to understand the topic. If you’re having problems understanding all those cultural references you can always come to talk about them with our tutors.