In our tutoring sessions, the Language Center offers free one-on-one and small-group assistance with any aspect of expression: from reading comprehension to brainstorming, from grammar to the presentation of ideas, and from the first draft to the final revision of an assignment. While you are the expert in your respective topic, our tutors are a supportive audience for your ideas and will help you express them as effectively as possible. Our tutors are there to work with you in a collaborative, non-judgmental environment and assist you in finding the best strategies and techniques for you to become an independent, competent, and critical language user.
During our regular opening hours, the Language Center offers individual and small-group tutoring. You can make an appointment online or simply stop by to see if a tutor is available. For appointments before August 2018, please use this link. You can find us in room 3.08.
To make an appointment, please first register with the Language Center's scheduling software, SuperSaaS.
Please refer to Super SaaS for the latest opening hours. Please also note the reduced opening hours during Summer.
Sign up for a one-on-one tutoring session with one of our tutors to receive individualized assistance with any language-related matter.
You can …
- bring any type of assignment, text, or presentation (e.g., papers, project proposals, theses, oral or poster presentations, preparations for thesis defense, or applications for further study or placements)
- visit us at any stage: right at the beginning when you’re planning your assignment, or when you’re preparing the final paper.
- discuss any text-related issues with us: from structure, to ideas, to grammar, to source integration.
- feel free to express any doubts and concerns.
- drop by with any question we may be able to help you with.
We will …
- work with you to brainstorm and express your ideas.
- help you through writer’s block.
- provide you with practical advice on strategies and techniques (e.g., reading, writing and revision strategies, presentation techniques, or organizing and planning a thesis).
- try to do our best to help you with a last-minute panic right before a deadline. However, in order for us to support you as well as possible, we recommend that you do not wait until the last minute to come to us.
The Language Center is collaborating with individual faculty members to organize small working groups in conjunction with specific courses. In these working groups, you and your peers can work on your course assignments under the guidance of one of our tutors. These working groups will facilitate your work process by providing support and strategies targeted to your particular assignment. Activities in these working groups aim at helping you become more independent and effective in your course assignments (e.g., planning, organizing, and revising your assignments, providing you with insight into textual conventions within your field of study, and brainstorming ideas in a small-group environment).
The Language Center is organizing workshop series on general language-related issues in academia. The two workshop series planned for AY 18-19 will focus, on the one hand, on strategies and rhetorical moves to increase fluency in academic language use (e.g., reading strategies for academic texts, successfully participating in classroom discussions, writing strategies, presentation techniques) and, on the other hand, on basics of academic work (e.g., What is it that people at universities do? How do academic texts differ from other text types? How do you develop a research question? What conventions are there in academic writing/speaking?).
There are no requirements or prerequisites to visit the workshops; everyone is welcome to join, no matter if you’re a freshman or if you’re writing your MA thesis.
Dates and times will be announced by the start of the Fall semester.
What can I expect from a tutoring session in the Language Center?
Individual tutoring sessions do not follow a standard format, because they are built entirely around you and your work. Depending on your needs, we might cover some of the following questions and debates:
Understanding the problem:
- How did you choose this topic? What is the starting position (or background) of your topic orientation?
- What is your agenda/objective? What is the purpose of this paper/presentation? What are you trying to say? Prove? Explain? Demonstrate?
- What characterizes your research position?
- What are you finding difficult about this assignment?
- What have you learned from your reading? What is the academic debate around your topic? What’s your take on the existing research?
Expanding analysis or argument:
- What is the main claim of your text?
- In what ways do you link evidence to your claims? What specifics support the evidence you use?
- What examples could support your thesis? What are the implications of each example?
- Who is your audience? What can you assume they already know?
- Have you made your claims explicit, so your audience can follow your argument?
Reevaluating structure or organization:
- What is the function of each paragraph? What is the function of each sentence in each paragraph?
- Can your text be structured in a different way? What would that change in terms of the argumentation you present?
- What are your sentence-structure choices based on? Do you use varied and cohesive sentence structures?
- Do you provide paragraph-to-paragraph and sentence-to-sentence coherence?
What we don’t do
Please know that we are here to support you in becoming an independent and autonomous language-user and student-scholar. With that said:
- We do not proofread or copyedit assignments. We can go through your work together and work on improving things like grammar and spelling, but we won’t correct things for you.
- We cannot do the work for you. We might suggest ideas to support you, but your work belongs to you and the content and substance needs to come from you.
- We cannot do the reading for you. Reading and interpreting academic texts is an integral part of academic life and essential for developing your arguments and research. Working on a research question or paper is very difficult without the background knowledge.
For more information on Academic Honesty, please refer to the official WVPU Academic Policies here.