GSAS Tutorial Program

English Language Programs offers weekly, individualized tutorials and drop-in tutorials on an as-needed basis to Graduate School of Arts and Sciences students.

Tutorials are university sponsored and free to all GSAS students. Spring 2024 tutorials will be offered online and/or in-person, providing students with the important opportunity to meet with their ELP writing tutors and develop their critical thinking, analytical writing, and academic oral communication skills via the modality of their convenience.

Tutorials are tailored to each student's individual needs. Do you have an upcoming essay, a literature review or a chapter of your dissertation? Your tutor can help you develop your ideas, create a thesis, clarify your argument, examine your evidence and offer help with grammar and sentence structure.

Perhaps you have a different type of assignment; with your tutor, you can brainstorm ideas, talk about using secondary sources, or focus on reading strategies or how to conquer heavy reading loads. The tutorial sessions are there for you to get the help you need.

Our tutors are experienced teachers who are familiar with the cross-cultural issues that make writing and speaking in academic English a challenge. Your tutor might also serve as a cultural guide, offering resources to help you navigate the unfamiliar academic landscape.

Your tutor can also help you locate research sources and decipher the particularities of citation and documentation. If you are a teaching fellow, they will offer you practice sessions in giving effective presentations.


During these one-on-one tutorial sessions, you will: 

  • Set a personalized agenda with clearly determined goals specifically designed for your needs.
  • Sharpen your writing skills by learning to develop your argument, test your evidence and revise for clarity.
  • Understand what your professor really expects in an essay and how American writing conventions differ from what you have been taught at home.
  • Practice oral communication skills.

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