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If you instruct a class in which there is already tutoring available, Learning Resources can provide the following for you:

  • Detailed feedback on a student's referral by a faculty member
  • A list of your class's users on a given assignment

If you feel that several students need tutoring in a particular area not currently provided, contact Peter Ploegman, director of Learning Resources at 708-524-6670 or via email at

If you assign writing in any of your classes, you can refer your students to Learning Resources writing tutors. To ensure that they receive the necessary assistance, clearly instruct students to

  • Make an appointment well in advance
  • Bring a clear description of the assignment
  • Inform the tutor that his/her attendance is to be reported to the instructor
  • Allow time to make follow-up appointments
  • Bring a complete draft, if necessary.

Learning Resources writing tutors will

  • try to identify if the student is following the assignment or answering the question posed  
  • work on the introduction, thesis, and topic sentences to see if the essay reflects that structure and proves that point
  • work on paragraph organization, division, and cohesion, also taking note of transitions and flow between paragraphs
  • identify how students incorporate and cite information
  • point out the most blatant and reoccurring errors in grammar and punctuation  

One session does not ensure a “perfect” assignment, and tutors cannot guarantee grades. Also, as tutors have not necessarily taken your class, they can cover basic concepts, but they cannot be expected to determine whether or not a student has the “right answer.”