Q: Where is the Learning Resource Center located? Where is the Writing Center?
Q: How can I get in touch with the Learning Center?
Q: Do I have to have an appointment?
Q: How long are the sessions?
Q: What if I can't make drop-in times?
Q: Who can you use the Learning Resource Center?
Q: What sort of help do the writing consultants provide?
Q: Do the writing consultants provide help via email?
Q: Will the writing consultants proofread my papers?
Q: English is not my first language. Can the writing consultants still help me with my writing?
Q: How much does tutoring cost?
Q: What happens if I miss my appointment?
Q: Is there a limit on how much tutoring I can get?
Q: What happens in a tutoring session? What should I do to prepare?
How can I get in touch with the Learning Center?
You can drop by the LRC on the 1st Floor of 320 Newbury Street, call 617-585-0174, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- Writing: Yes, please call ahead.
- Math, Structures & Physics: You do not need to have an appointment for for drop-in tutoring. You do need an appointment for one-on-one tutoring.
- Software or Drawing: Yes. You need to set-up a time to meet with a tutor ahead of time.
Please call the LRC to make arrangements.
- Writing: Generally, you work one-on-one with a writing consultant for 30-50 minutes.
- Math, Structures & Physics: Drop-in sessions range from 90 minutes to three hours long. You are welcome to stay for as long as you want.
- Software: you are limited to 8 hours of tutoring a semester per program. Arrange the schedule with your tutor.
- Drawing: The session is as long as you need. Please arrange the schedule with your tutor.
What sort of help do the writing consultants provide?
They provide free feedback on any written work ranging from class assignments, to theses, to application essays. In addition, we can help you with any step of the writing process. If you are having a hard time getting started, feel free to drop by. You don't necessarily have to come in with something written. Overall, we offer ourselves as "professional eyes" to evaluate the effectiveness of your writing.
Do the writing consultants provide help via email?
Usually, no. In general, we have found that it is easier and more effective to meet face-to-face. The exception is resumes and cover letters, and even then we will often suggest that your first meeting with us be in person; but after that, we can read and make suggestions about later drafts via email. Please contact us for more information about this service.
Will the writing consultants proofread my papers?
Yes and no. We are not editors or the "grammar police." We will help you clean up technical errors, but we will not do the work for you. You will be expected to participate in the session. The same goes for email. Please, do not send us a paper expecting us to correct it and send it back to you. We cannot do that.
English is not my first language. Can the writing consultants still help me with my writing?
Yes. Several of our consultants have experience working with ESL students. In addition we have tip and information sheets that address specific ESL issues.
- If you are 15 minutes late for a scheduled appointment, you may forfeit your session. If someone else is seeking help at that time (i.e. a drop-in), s/he will get the time. (So if you are running late, please call and let us know.)
- We request a cancellation notice of at least 24 hours, although we always want to know if you cannot make an appointment (as often we are able to fill the slot). However, to prevent appointments from going unused, if:
- You no-show once
- Cancel twice at the last minute (within two hours of your appointment)
- Cancel three times within 24 hours of your appointment
You may not be permitted to sign up ahead of time any longer. If you need writing help, you will have to attempt to drop-in.
Is there a limit on how much tutoring I can get?
For math, physics, structures, or drawing, no. For software tutoring, you are limited to 8 hours per semester per software program. For writing, you are only limited by how busy we are. Our schedule fills up quickly, and we may limit your appointments only to be fair to other students, so they have a chance to meet with us as well. We reserve the right to limit sign-ups to one session per class or project a week. However, you are welcome to try and drop-in for extra help. If there are open times, you are welcome to use them. When the schedule is full, a waiting list for slots is kept. Students are contacted if times come available. Any appeals of the above should go to the Coordinator of the Learning Resource Center.
What happens in a tutoring session? What should I do to prepare?
Tutors should not be expected to complete your homework for you. They are meant to supplement classroom instruction. They will ask you questions lots of questions and get you to talk through your own understanding of the project. Subject tutors may give you sample problems to work through. Writing consultants can provide an extra "pair of eyes" on a piece of writing, but they cannot tell you what grade you will get on the assignment. Students using tutoring must complete their work ahead of time and show up for tutoring with specific questions. Please bring your work with you, the assignment sheet, and any written comments you have received from the instructor.