ESL / EAL College Core Writing Tutor

The English Language Institute offers a Writing Tutor for University of Chicago College students with ESL/EAL needs.

March 19, 2020 Update: Due to COVID-19, all ESL/EAL College Core Writing Tutor appointments for Spring 2020 quarter will happen remotely

Writing Tutoring has concluded for Spring 2020. We will resume after classes start in Autumn 2020.

The ESL/EAL College Core Writing Tutor is affiliated with the Writing Program.

College Core Students

UChicago College Core students can make an appointment for a College Core class.

The day of the tutoring session, the tutor will email the Zoom link and will ask for a copy of your writing.

Once the session begins, you have 5 minutes to join the Zoom call. If you do not join the Zoom call after 5 minutes have passed, the tutor mark you as a “No Show,” and then they will invite people off the drop-in list to take your spot.

Cost: Free

Location: Online via Zoom

Non-College Core Affiliates

NOTE: The drop-in list opens 30 minutes before the tutor’s shift begins

UChicago Non-College Core affiliates (other undergraduates, grad students, postdocs, etc.) can sign up to drop in with the tutor.

During scheduled tutoring hours, the tutor will email people on the drop-in list if there is no appointment scheduled or if a student is a no-show. You have 5 minutes to join the Zoom call once they email you, so please monitor your email.

Cost: Free

Location: Online via Zoom

The tutoring queue can be seen here: [link]

Tutoring Rules

NOTE: The Writing Tutor is not permitted to edit/proofread student work directly, but can identify patterns of error/issues. The tutor also may not review more than 10 pages of text (Times New Roman font, size 12, double-spaced) in a session.

The ESL/EAL College Core Writing Tutor can:

  • Discuss the specifications of an upcoming writing assignment
  • Assist in selecting the appropriate wording/phrasing
  • Identify patterns of error in grammar and punctuation
  • Provide tips on producing greater sentence variety
  • Identify instances of ambiguity
  • Comment on an essay’s organization and information flow
  • Provide tips on including North American stylistic features to an essay
  • Help evaluate and integrate sources or cited literature
  • Discuss voice, formality, and tone of an essay
  • Provide self-editing tips and direct students to helpful writing resources

Calendar of Tutoring Sessions (Spring 2020)

Meet our Spring 2020 Tutors

Eszter Ronai

Eszter is originally from Hungary, and has also lived in the U.K. She loves tutoring writing because she enjoys helping people one-on-one. She loves seeing how much language and structure can improve in a paper, regardless of the subject materials.

She is a PhD student in Linguistics. In her research, she wants to understand how people create meaning in the minds, because although it is a natural and automatic subconscious process, we don’t really understand it at all.

Feng Ye

Originally from Beijing, China, Feng holds a joint BA/MA in linguistic anthropology from the University of Chicago. She loves how efficient writing tutoring is due to its one-on-one nature; a lot can be accomplished in a small amount of time.

She is applying to PhD programs in anthropology. Her research interests include free speech, language ideology, and how people’s life experiences intersect with their language use.

“I enrolled in the Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program: Writing because because I thought this is a great opportunity to learn North American academic writing, and it did really help me a lot. My instructor, Tim is very patient and thoughtful. He explained topics like controlling claims, sentence boundaries, and even networking etiquette. In addition, we even had outdoor excursion, which was a great way to get to know Chicago and your cohort! Lastly, thanks every instructor and staff member in the AEPP for providing such a fun and warm place for us to learn and have fun!” Wuxing

Masters student

“I took Written Communication: Crafting Varied and Impactful Sentences because I am a researcher and academic writing constitutes the most important part of my academic life. I now feel more comfortable and confident to write and manipulate an English sentence, demonstrated by my improved writing and self-editing capability. An example is that one of my recent research papers was accepted without any English language revision. An international student who wants to improve his/her academic writing is highly recommended to take this course.” Kun


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