Information for Students
Making an Appointment with a Tutor
On the main campus, ESL tutors are available in H-222, the ESL Tutoring Center. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are highly recommended. To schedule an appointment, please go to H-116, the ESL Office (ext. 2272 or 3264) or H-222 (ext. 4482). All appointments are 30 minutes. Only one appointment can be made for any given day, and no more than two future appointments can be made at any one time.
In all locations, you must be a current student of Palomar College and have your Palomar ID number to receive tutorial services.
Top Tips for Making the Most of Your Tutoring Sessions
- Change your attitude about seeing a tutor. Successful students enjoy hanging out at a tutoring center and getting help from the tutors. Think of the center as your daily gym and not an emergency room. Visit the tutoring center early and often in the semester. Do not wait until it is the night before the due date for an assignment.
Apply time management skills by making tutorial appointments and arriving on time.
- Arrive with appropriate preparation and materials, i.e. your textbook, your assignment sheet, your teacher's notes or referral slip, your drafts, and your specific questions for the tutor.
- If you come in for assistance with a paragraph or essay you have written, please bring a copy of your draft and, if possible, an electronic copy of your document on a flash drive.
- Expect to do most of the talking and writing while being guided by the tutor.
- Do not expect the tutor to just edit your paper for you, give you every answer, or cover everything. A successful tutoring session is a collaborative process aimed at higher levels of student learning.
- Demonstrate self-reliance by articulating what you need to work on following each tutoring session.
Resources for College Success
In addition to taking advantage of our dedicated ESL tutors, who are ready to give you one-on-one attention and work jointly with you for your language success, you can delve into self-help at the ESL Tutoring Center at any time during open hours. We have dictionaries, grammar books, readers, conversation practice cards, vocabulary development materials, editing resources, computer programs, and a primer for developing study skills and improving academic habits.
During a regular semester, an English Learners' Friday (ELF) workshop is offered in the ESL Computer Lab in H-118 on select Fridays. In these free workshops, ESL tutors can give you the tools you need to be more successful in all your academic classes.
Starting in February, you can also do your homework in Study Hall every Friday because you can get a tutor to assist you there without having to have an appointment. The tutor will answer questions that ESL students have.
You can also go online and search for useful resources and tools to help develop your language and study skills yourself. Here is a sampling of such resources, including handouts and PowerPoint slide shows from our EFL workshops that we have published online.
- English Idioms
- Six Minimal Pairs
- English Pronunciation (PowerPoint from the April 24, 2015 ELF Workshop)
- ESL Practice (8 listening sites for all levels, plus resources to practice other language skills)
- A Typical Rubric to Evaluate Speaking Performance
- American Folklore
- A Learning Tool for Deeper Understanding of Reading Material
- Heinle's Newbury House Dictionary of American English
- Subject Pronoun and Possessive Adjectives
- Simple Present
- "Do" vs. "Does"
- Nouns (Handout from the October 24, 2014 ELF Workshop)
- Participial Adjectives (PowerPoint from the August 28, 2015 ELF Workshop)
- English Articles (Handout from the October 17, 2014 ELF Workshop)
- Adverb Clauses
- Sentence Combining
- Daily Grammar Archive
- How to Structure an Academic Paragraph (Handout from the September 19, 2014 ELF Workshop)
- Paragraph Punch
- Essay Map
- They Say, I Say Templates
- Showing vs. Telling in Your Writing (Handout from the January 29, 2016 ELF Workshop)
- Establishing Your Point (Handout from the February 5, 2016 ELF Workshop)
- How to Avoid Plagiarism
- How to Write an Argument Essay for a US Academic Audience
- How to Get Ready for Your In-Class Writing Final Exam
- Prefixes, Roots and Affixes
- Comma Usage (Handout from the March 6, 2015 ELF Workshop)
- Study Skills
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A Sample Tutoring Session
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Latest ESL Tutoring Newsletter
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Latest ESL Tutoring Center Flyer
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Business Cards for ESL Tutoring Center
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