We also ask question to help you approach the writing task
3 A Tutor Can Help You at Every Stage of the Writing Process
4 One Thing to Remember
A tutor does NOT correct/proofread your paper because
that does not help you become a better writer.
But the tutor can teach you HOW to proofread.
5 Dos Donts
Plan ahead come when you start writing or with a first draft.
Before you come set an agenda for the tutorial
Do NOT come at the last minute because you will have little time for revision!
Do NOT expect to work on too many issues in one tutorial.
6 Setting an Agenda
What do you want to work on
Why is agenda-setting important
Tutorials are different from the instruction in the classroom setting. Tutors usually ask you what you want to work on.
You know your own writing best.
Be realistic about what can be done in one tutorial and set priorities.
7 HOC and LOC
What are HOC (Higher Order Concerns)
What are LOC (Lower Order Concerns)
8 Higher Order Concerns
9 Lower Order Concerns
10 The Need to Prioritize
If you want to work on both HOCs and LOCs with a writing tutor we suggest you plan to work on HOCs first because
We have limited time in a tutorial.
Starting with LOCs may distract you from global issues (HOCs) you may need to address.
After your work on HOCs you may delete/add some parts.
11 Five-Topic Agenda-Generator
Instructions for the assignment
Your familiarity with the writing task
Preferred textual patterns in AAE (American Academic English)
Lower Order Concerns
12 Instructions for the Assignment
Do you have any questions about the instructions
Is there an assignment sheet
Do you have notes taken in class
13 Your Familiarity with the Task
Have you worked on this kind of writing task before
Did you read samples written by others
What questions do you have about the writing task
14 Your Familiarity with Preferred Textual Patterns in AAE (American Academic English)
Thesis statement (your main point)
Direct concise and to the point
OWL Handout Writing for an American Academic Audience
Have you supported your main points
with supporting details
It is important for you to try to set the agenda for the tutorial in advance because
1. We have only thirty minutes
2. The tutorial is more effective if we focus on one or two concerns
3. Students usually learn best when they take the initiative in the learning process.
16 Lower Order Concerns
What are the patterns of grammatical errors I tend to make
What are the words I am using but uncertain about
Actually there is a 24-7 teacher to help you with most of your lower order concerns.
17 Your Best 24-7 Teacher
The right dictionary!
Tells you the part of speech of words
Gives you examples of word usage
Provides usage notes
18 Recommended Dictionaries for ESL Writers
Longman Dictionary of American English
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Longman Web Dictionary
19 Dictionary Use Basics
Read the Full Guide for Users in hard copy!
Parts of speech
20 Questions to Ask Yourself Regarding Grammar
What are my grammar questions
Can I find the answer in a good dictionary
If you cannot
What exactly is my grammar question Can I write it down
Can I underline the parts I have questions about
Then take your questions and your paper with the underlined sections to the Writing Lab.
21 We Have Covered
What a writing tutorial is
What a tutor can help you with your writing process
Dos and Donts
A Five-Topic agenda-generator
We hope you have learned more about writing tutorials and benefit most from them in the future!
22 For More Help with Writing
Visit the Writing Lab at HEAV226
Call 49-43723 to schedule a tutorial
Attend more in-lab workshops
Visit Online Writing Lab at
23 The End
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