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Cypress English Tutoring

English Tutoring Hours

Cypress Center Tutoring has resumed limited in-person tutoring. English/Writing tutoring is provided in-person, as well as through virtual, asynchronous tutoring.

Please click here to access general online tutoring!

Email: CypressWC@lonestar.edu

General Information

Cypress Center’s English Tutors cover a wide array of subject areas, as it relates to reading and writing. The following subjects fall under the umbrella of English:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • History
  • Government
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Speech

English Tutoring Guidelines

Our goal is to assist students in developing their academic writing skills.

  • Students should refer to any assignment guidelines and notes before submitting papers, as tutor reviews are currently limited to one draft of each assignment.
  • Students should plan to seek tutoring help at least three days before the assignment due date.
  • Students should use our tutoring services with the expectation of working along with the tutors to improve their independent writing skills.

What Our Tutors Will Do:

  • Help you understand your assignment
  • Help you set goals for your writing
  • Help you brainstorm ideas for your essay
  • Help you identify your audience
  • Help you outline and draft your paper
  • Help you identify areas for possible improvement
  • Help you understand an instructor’s comments on graded papers
  • Help you learn proofreading techniques
  • Help you improve your general writing or reading skills

What Our Tutors Will Not Do:

  • Write your paper
  • Proofread or correct your paper
  • Develop ideas for your paper
  • Estimate the grade for you
  • Do research for your paper
  • Take the responsibility for finding all the mistakes in your paper
  • Tell you what or how to write

Online Tutoring

Please adhere to following instructions for submitting paper via online services:

For email-based English tutoring:

Please send the assignment 2 – 3 days before the due date.  Also, please make sure you adhere to the instructions mentioned below and that you provide the following information:

To submit your paper for online tutoring, you must address an email to CypressWC@lonestar.edu and include the following information:

  • A Microsoft Word compatible copy of your paper
  • A Microsoft Word compatible copy of your assignment
  • Your name
  • Your student ID
  • The course name and number
  • Your professor’s name
  • The due date
  • The time

If you omit any of the above information, your paper will not be reviewed.  Thank you for using the Writing Center for your academic needs!

For asynchronous English and writing tutoring via BrainFuse:

Log into BrainFuse here or through D2L, and find the Writing Lab tab on the right hand side of the home page and select 'Submit Paper'. Next, select 'Lone Star College Writing Tutor Review', then click on 'Select'. Enter all of the required information, and then finally upload your document and hit 'Submit'. You should receive your reviewed paper back within one business day. The turnaround time may increase depending on demand.

Areas in which the Writing Center provides assistance include:

  • Understanding writing assignments

  • Understanding the expectations for various types of writing
  • Finding a topic
  • Brainstorming
  • Overcoming writer's block
  • Developing strategies for note-taking and time management
  • Developing methods for reading more effectively
  • Organizing yourself to write
  • Finding a writing process that works well for you
  • Discovering and clarifying ideas
  • Developing a focus and/or thesis
  • Choosing key words, utilizing scholarly databases, and understanding the research process
  • Understanding how to summarize, paraphrase, and quote from research sources
  • Documenting research (MLA, APA, CMS, etc.)
  • Choosing the best way to organize or shape your material
  • Creating a strong argument
  • Revising your draft(s)
  • Understanding how to make use of feedback
  • Writing effective sentences
  • Working on voice and/or tone
  • Editing to create a polished final draft

Disclaimers:

For online tutoring, same day and due date tutoring is not guaranteed and should not be expected. Please give yourself as much time as possible to work through the stages of the writing process.

The Cypress Center Writing email is checked twice a day, Monday – Friday. Any submissions sent after 5:00 PM will not be seen until the following business day (1pm on Fridays and will not be reviewed until Monday), and the submission will be returned within two days of receipt of your submission.

Resources

The Writing Center Resource Page

Prewriting

Outlining

Guide to Grammar & Writing

Lone Star “How To” page

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